Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago to battle for ticket to Italy
Havana, Cuba, May 15, 2014 - Hosts Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago each registered their second victories in the NORCECA Women’s Qualification Tournament Pool Q, securing spots in Saturday’s finals at Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum.
The two teams will face each other in the next two days to decide the winner of the ticket to the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship Italy 2014.
Cuba beat Haiti in straight sets 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-14) and Trinidad & Tobago saw off Curacao 3-1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-9, 25-18) on Friday.
Once again, the promising Melissa Vargas led the attack for the Cuban side with 17 points. Rosanna Giel also contributed 10 in the win, which was achieved in less than an hour.
In the other game, Jalicia Ross-Kydd led Trinidad & Tobago's attack with a tournament-high 26 points. Sinead Jack contributed 13 points in the victory and Krystle Esdelle added 12. Curacao’s Christine Anthony got 19 points for the defeated side.
“We made some changes today and our playing level stayed the same,” Cuba coach Juan Carlos Gala said. “That’s a good sign. Also we improved our offensive game.”
“I am not too concerned about losing a set today and another to Haiti the day before,” Trinidad & Tobago coach Francisco Cruz said. “I am testing some players to be prepared for those matches against Cuba.”