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Colombia earn ticket to Girls' U18 Worlds

 
Colombia earned the South American vacancy to the world championship available at the Pan Am Cup
Havana, Cuba, April 1, 2017 – Colombia grabbed the South American vacancy to the U18 FIVB Girls’ World Championship following a quarterfinal victory over Mexico combined with a loss suffered by Chile to Cuba at the Pan American Cup taking place at Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum in Havana on Friday.

Colombia join hosts Argentina, Brazil and Peru as South American teams to compete at the world event to be held in the cities of Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina from August 18 to 27. Cuba and Mexico had earned their tickets the day before as the top non-qualified NORCECA teams in the Pan Am Cup. 

The Dominican Republic and United States are the other two NORCECA teams qualified to Argentina as champions and runners-up of their continental championship.

Six more vacancies are available from the European Girls' U18 Championship currently underway in The Netherlands and another four from the Asian Girls' U18 Championship. One ticket will go to the best African team.

In Saturday’s Pan Am Cup semifinals in Havana, Dominican Republic meets Colombia while Cuba faces Argentina. In the consolation round, Guatemala plays Uruguay and Puerto Rico faces Costa Rica.

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Colombia coach Brazilian Antonio Rizola shows his emotions after the victory

The South American team coached by Brazilian Antonio Rizola defeated Mexico 3-1 (25-16, 25-27, 25-21, 25-22) but they did not start celebrating until watching the cruising victory of Cuba over Chile 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-14) in the last match of Friday.

Ana Olaya scored 17 points to lead four Colombians with double figures in the score sheet. Valerin Carabali contributed 12, including five blocks, while Angie Velasquez and Manuela Ibarguen delivered 11 points apiece. Mexico’s Uxue Guereca and Daniela Siller had 18 and 11 points, respectively, in the loss.

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Ailama Cese contributed to Cuban victory with attack and defense

Ailama Cese and Ivy May Vila each contributed 14 points in the Cuban victory over Chile, while Yamisleydis Viltres and Elizabeth Vicet added 13 and 12 points, respectively. Chile’s Beatriz Novoa finished with 14 points in the loss.

Cuba held advantages of 11-4 and 10-1 in blocks and aces with Viltres leading the defense at the net with five blocks of her own while Vicet landed four of her serves for aces.

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Cuban Yamisleydis Viltres reaches high to spike against Chile

Earlier on Friday, Costa Rica hold off a strong reaction from Uruguay to claim a 3-2 (22-25, 25-12, 22-25, 17-25, 15-7) victory and Puerto Rico swept Guatemala 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-17).

Tamara Espinoza had 22 points for Costa Rica, followed by teammate Beatriz Saenz with 12 tallies. Melissa Paez and Natalia Rodriguez charted 12 and 10 for Uruguay.

Sofia Victoria with 12 points was the only player with double digits in the victory of Puerto Rico over Guatemala in just 72 minutes.

Top Scorer by Day
33- Sofia Victoria of Puerto Rico v Chile on 28-3-17
25- Ailama Cese of Cuba v Colombia on 29-3-17
21- Yaneirys Rodriguez of Dominican Republic v Mexico on 30-3-17
22- Tamara Espinoza of Costa Rica v Uruguay on 31-3-17

Best Scoring Performances
33- Sofia Victoria of Puerto Rico v Chile on 28-3-17
26- Beatriz Novoa of Chile v Puerto Rico on 28-3-17
25- Ailama Cese of Cuba v Colombia on 29-3-17
22- Tamara Espinoza of Costa Rica v Uruguay on 31-3-17
21- Beatriz Novoa of Chile v Argentina on 29-3-17
21- Yaneirys Rodriguez of Dominican Republic v Mexico on 30-3-17
20- Elizabeth Vicet of Cuba v Colombia on 29-3-17

Best Blocking Performances
7- Mesalina Yosil of Dominican Republic v Mexico on 30-3-17
6- Valerin Carabali of Colombia v Cuba on 29-3-17
5- Sofia Victoria of Puerto Rico v Chile on 28-3-17
5- Daniela Tornoe of Guatemala v Uruguay on 30-3-17
5- Valerin Carabali of Colombia v Mexico on 31-3-17
5- Yamisleiydis Viltres of Cuba v Chile on 31-3-17

Best Serving Performances
4- Hennesys Lalane of Dominican Republic v Guatemala on 29-3-17
4- Yamisleydis Viltres of Cuba v Colombia on 29-3-17
4- Natalia Rodriguez of Uruguay v Guatemala on 30-3-17
4- Tamara Espinoza of Costa Rica v Uruguay on 31-3-17
4- Beatriz Saenz of Costa Rica v Uruguay on 31-3-17
4- Yamelis Mojica of Puerto Rico v Guatemala on 31-3-17
4- Elizabeth Vicet of Cuba v Chile on 31-3-17

Best Team Blocking Performances
15- Dominican Republic v Mexico on 30-3-17
14- Colombia v Mexico on 31-3-17
12- Puerto Rico v Chile on 28-3-17
12- Uruguay v Guatemala on 30-3-17

Best Team Serving Performances
16- Cuba v Colombia on 29-3-17
14- Costa Rica v Uruguay on 31-3-17
11- Uruguay v Guatemala on 30-3-17
10- Cuba v Costa Rica on 28-3-17
10- Mexico v Uruguay on 29-3-17
10- Dominican Republic v Guatemala on 29-3-17
10- Cuba v Chile on 31-3-17

Highest Scoring Sets
28-26 Chile v Argentina (3rd Set) on 29-3-17
27-25 Mexico v Colombia (2nd Set) on 31-3-17
26-24 Uruguay v Guatemala (3rd Set) on 30-3-17

Highest Scoring Matches
210- Chile d Puerto Rico 3-2 (25-18, 19-25, 23-25, 25-16, 18-16) on 28-3-17
205- Uruguay d Guatemala 3-2 (23-25, 20-25, 26-24, 25-16, 15-6) on 30-3-7
195- Costa Rica d Uruguay 3-2 (25-22, 25-12, 22-25, 17-25, 15-7) on 31-3-17

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