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Colombia claim gold medal at U18 Pan Am Cup

 
Colombia celebrate winning the title in Havana, Cuba
 
Havana, Cuba, April 3, 2017 – Colombia swept Cuba 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-19) to claim the gold medal at the U18 Girls’ Pan American Cup in Havana on Sunday.

Colombia, Cuba and fifth-placed Mexico sealed their tickets to the next age-group FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship to be held in Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina from August 18 to 27. Argentina, as host country, and NORCECA champions Dominican Republic were already qualified among the ten countries competing in the cup.

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Colombian Valerin Carabali was elected most valuable player

Emelys Martinez and Manuela Ibarguen were the best offensive players for Colombia in the gold medal match with 12 and 11 points. Valerin Carabalo, named the most valuable player of the tournament, contributed five blocks. Cuba’s Ailama Cese had a match-high 14 points in the loss.

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Brazilian Antonio Rizola successfully returned to coaching

“We came here looking to earn a berth to the World Championship and thinking about finishing better than Chile to achieve that goal,” said Antonio Rizola, the Brazilian coach of Colombia. “To take back home the gold medal means our preparation was good. I feel proud about coaching again and working for Colombia. This is a great start.”

“We couldn’t repeat our victory over Colombia in the preliminary round,” said Cuban coach Juan Carlos Cruz. “Maybe the little experience of my team caused the players to be overconfident and our rivals didn’t give us any chance today.”

In the match for the bronze medal, the Dominican Republic recovered to defeat Argentina 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-23).

Madeline Guillen, the top scorer of the competition, led the Dominican offensive reaction with 24 points, including three blocks of the tournament-high 16 blocks recorded by the winners. Yaneirys Rodriguez was next with 13 points while Geraldine Gonzalez and Erika Asencio each contributed 12 points in the victory.

Colombia’s Candela Salinas and Sofia Meinardi registered 15 and 13 points, respectively, in the losing cause.

In the first match of Sunday, Mexico swept Chile 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-15) to claim the fifth position.

Mexico’s Uxue Guereca and Grecia Castro each had 13 points in the victory while Beatriz Novoa finished with 14 points for Chile.

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Players with individual awards at he closing ceremony

The qualified teams thus far to the U18 FIVB Girls' World Championship are the following:

Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Colombia (South America); Dominican Republic, United States, Cuba and Mexico (Norceca); Japan, China, South Korea and Thailand (Asia); Egypt (Africa). 

Six teams will qualify from the European Championship currently underway, while the sixteenth team will be selected by FIVB according to the world rankings.
 
Final Positions
1. Colombia
2. Cuba
3. Dominican Republic
4. Argentina
5. Mexico
6. Chile
7. Puerto Rico
8. Costa Rica
9. Uruguay
10. Guatemala

Dream Team
MVP: Valerin Carabali (COL)
Outside hitters: Ailama Cese (CUB) & Madeline Guillen (DOM)
Middle blockers: Valerin Carabali (COL) & Yamisleydis Viltres (COL)
Opposite: Yanlis Feliz (DOM)
Setter: Angie Velasquez (COL)
Libero: Barbara Rodriguez (CHI)

Other Individual Awards
Best Server: Elizabeth Vicet (CUB)
Best Receiver: Sofia Meinardi (ARG)
Best Digger: Joseline Landeros (MEX)
Top Scorer: Madeline Guillen (DOM)

Top Scorers
94- Madeline Guilen, Dominican Republic
92- Ailama Cese, Cuba
77- Elizabeth Vicet, Cuba
75- Beatriz Novoa, Chile
70- Uxue Guereca, Mexico
66- Yaneirys Rodriguez, Dominican Republic
65- Manuela Ibarguen, Colombia
61- Sofia Victoria, Puerto Rico
58- Ana Olaya, Colombia
56- Candela Salinas, Argentina

Most Blocks
21- Valerin Carabali, Colombia
15- Yamisleydis Viltres, Cuba
13- Darlevis Mosquera, Colombia
13- Geraldine Gonzalez, Dominican Republic
11- Mesalina Yosil, Dominican Republic

Most Aces
12- Elizabeth Vicet, Cuba
8- Daniela Siller, Mexico
8- Ailama Cese, Cuba
8- Hennesys Lalane, Dominican Republic
7- Several players

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
28- Madeline Guillen of Dominican Republic v Colombia on 1-4-17
24- Madeline Guillen of Dominican Republic v Argentina on 2-4-17

Best Scoring Performances
33- Sofia Victoria of Puerto Rico v Chile on 28-3-17
28- Madeline Guillen of Dominican Republic v Colombia on 1-4-17
26- Beatriz Novoa of Chile v Puerto Rico on 28-3-17
26- Elizabeth Vicet of Cuba v Argentina on 1-4-17
25- Ailama Cese 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
5- Darlevis Mosquera of Colombia v Dominican Republic on 1-4-17
5- Valerin Carabali of Colombia v Cuba on 2-4-17

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
4- Yanlis Feliz of Dominican Republic v Colombia on 1-4-17
4- Elizabeth Vicet of Cuba v Argentina on 1-4-17
4- Renata Lopez of Mexico v Chile on 2-4-17
4- Daniela Siller of Mexico v Chile on 2-4-17
4- Grecia Castro of Mexico v Chile on 2-4-17

Best Team Blocking Performances
16- Dominican Republic v Argentina on 2-4-17
15- Dominican Republic v Mexico on 30-3-17
14- Colombia v Mexico on 31-3-17
14- Colombia v Dominican Republic on 1-4-17
12- Puerto Rico v Chile on 28-3-17
12- Uruguay v Guatemala on 30-3-17
12- Colombia v Cuba on 2-4-17

Best Team Serving Performances
16- Cuba v Colombia on 29-3-17
16- Mexico v Chile on 2-4-17
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
28-26 Colombia v Dominican Republic (4th Set) on 1-417
27-25 Mexico v Colombia (2nd Set) on 31-3-17
27-25 Cuba v Argentina (2nd Set) on 1-4-17
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
207- Cuba d Argentina 3-2 (20-25, 27-25, 18-25, 25-16, 15-11) on 1-4-17
205- Uruguay d Guatemala 3-2 (23-25, 20-25, 26-24, 25-16, 15-6) on 30-3-7
203- Uruguay d Guatemala 3-2 (25-22, 16-25, 25-17, 21-25, 15-12) on 1-4-17
203- Colombia d Dominican Rep. 3-2 (10-25, 22-25, 25-16, 28-26, 15-11) on 1-4-17
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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