Tijuana, Mexico, July 22, 2009 – Yoana Palacios led four Cubans in double figures in the 26-24, 25-16, 24-26, 27-25 victory over Thailand. The win allowed Cuba to finish second in Pool G keeping alive it hopes of a ninth place.
Palacios recorded 23 points, Gyselle Silva and Anay Hernandez each contributed 115 points and Daimara Lescay chipped in 11. Sontaya Keawbundit and Tadarat Thongsai-or each scored 22 points for Thailand.
Cuba came from behind to win the first set 26-24 behind the powerful spikes of Anay Hernandez and Yoana Palacios. They hammered the Thais in the later part of the chapter. The Asian had built 8-4 and 16-12 leads at the technical stops relying on the offensive of Sontaya Keawbundit.
The Cubans jumped to an 8-2 lead in the second set. With the improved blocking Cuba increased the advantage to 16-7 while arriving to the second technical time-out. Keawbundit kept Thailand alive in the action but not with chances in the game of this third set as Cuba closed it 25-16 with spikes by Palacios and Hernandez.
Cuba’s mistakes gave Thailand a 5-2 lead but Palacios scored three of a four-point Cuban rally for a 6-5 margin. The Thais tied on a Cuban error and went to the stop ahead 8-7. The Asians were in front 16-12 thanks to the offensive exploits of Thongsai-or. Cuba reacted to take a 19-17 lead supported by Silva and took a commanding lead 23-20 behind Hernandez. Thailand however did not give up and took the set 26-24 with two spikes from Suksomklin and a wild attack of Cuban Lescay.
Thailand took the lead 8-4 in the fourth set and increased the distance to 16-9 at the second stop. Cuba shortened the gap to 17-13 with the persistent attacks of Lescay. The serves of Giel helped Cuba to stay in play and then tied at 24-all with block and spike of Palacios. At 25-all, Lescay attacked for the lead and a long hit by Suksomklin gave Cuba the victory 27-25.