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Cuba scores spectacular comeback win over USA

Kenia Carcaces of Cuba stretches to keep the ball flying

Bayamon, Puerto Rico, September 24, 2009 – Cuba recorded a spectacular five-set comeback victory over the United States to take a major step toward finishing first in Pool B of the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship.
In Pool A, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico remained unbeaten following their wins over Trinidad & Tobago and Canada, respectively, on Wednesday. The teams will clash on Thursday for group supremacy, while Cuba meets Mexico.
Wilma Salas scored six of her 14 points in the tie-breaker to help Cuba complete a sensational come-from-behind win over the USA and stake a 2-0 record in Pool B. The score was 19-25, 16-25, 25-16, 28-26, 15-10.
The Cubans outmatched their opponents 14-7 in the blocking category and came out victorious despite committing 44 errors compared to 21 by the losers, who now have a 1-1 mark.
Nancy Carrillo, who closed the match with an ace, led Cuba with 23 points including 5 blocks. Kenia Carcaces added 17 and Yanelis Santos contributed 4 blocks among her 16 tallies. Americans Nancy Metcalf and Jordan Larson had 16 and 14 points respectively.
Dominican Republic cruised to an easy 25-12, 25-10, 25-7 victory over Trinidad & Tobago and improved to 2-0 in Pool A.
The Dominicans recorded 9 aces during the match that lasted only 53 minutes, and outscored the Trinidadians 7-5 in blocks.
Lisvel Eve led the winners with 10 points and Milagros Cabral contributed 9. Annerys Vargas, Prisilla Rivera and Altagracia Mambru each had 7 points with Mambru scoring four aces. Krystle Esdelle led the losers with nine points.
Mexico defeated Costa Rica 3-1 (28-26, 23-25, 25-19, 25-19) to even its record at 1-1 in Pool B. The losers, who gave away 41 points in errors, dropped to 0-2.
Mexico’s Cecilia Rios led her side with 21 points and Karla Sainz added 14. Grecia Duran chipped in 9 points. Costa Rica’s Verania Willis had a match-high 26 points and Karen Cope and Angela Willis recorded 15 and 13 respectively.
Puerto Rico defeated Canada in straight sets 25-22, 25-23, 25-21 and remained tied with Dominican Republic atop Pool A. Both teams have 2-0 records, while Canada dropped to 0-2.
Aury Cruz paced Puerto Rico with 16 points including 4 blocks and Sarai Alvarez and Tatiana Encarnacion added 14 and 12 points respectively. Tiffany Dodds was the only Canadian in double figures, charting 11 points, while Tammy Mahon tallied nine.


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