World No. 1 Brazil and United States clinched semifinals spots in the women’s volleyball tournament of the XVI Pan American Games as winners of Pools A and B respectively. Both teams will have a rest day on Tuesday while Cuba will meet Peru and Dominican Republic will play Puerto Rico in the quarterfinals round.
In Monday’s action, Brazil defeated Cuba 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18) while United States beat Mexico 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 31-29) to both finish with 3-0 record in pool play. In the other matches, Puerto Rico defeated Peru 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-21, 25-11) and Dominican Republic outdueled Canada 3-2 (27-29, 22-25, 27-25, 25-21, 15-12).
Brazil v Cuba
Brazil booked a direct ticket to the semifinals following a 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18) victory over Cuba in Pool A. Five Brazilian players concluded the match in double figures in the scores led by Mari Steinbrecher and Paula Pequeno with 17 and 16 points respectively. Sheila Castro contributed 13 tallies while Fabiana Claudino and Thaisa Menezes each had 10 points including 8 blocks by Fabiana. Cuba’s Yoana Palacios had a match-high 18 points and Kenia Carcaces added 17. Rosanna Giel and Gyselle Silva registered 10 apiece.
United States v Mexico
World No 2 United States clinched a spot in the semifinals after registering a 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 31-29) victory over Mexico in Pool B. The Americans finished with 13 blocks including five by Lauren Gibbemeyer and three by Jessica Jones. Alexandra Klineman was the best American scorer with 14 points while Gibbemeyer, Cynthia Barboza and Regan Hood all finished with 10 points. Samantha Bricio led Mexico with 8 points.
Puerto Rico v Peru
Sarai Alvarez recorded 26 points and Stephanie Enright added 21 to lead Puerto Rico to a 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-21, 25-11) victory over Peru in Pool B. Puerto Rico had a slight advantage of 12-11 in the blocking category and held a 4-1 margin in the aces department. Enright contributed five blocks and two aces while Alvarez had 3 blocks and one ace. Yulissa Zamudio and Mirtha Uribe topped Peru with 15 and 10 points respectively.
Dominican Republic v Canada
Dominican Republic scored one spectacular come-from-behind victory over Canada 27-29, 22-25, 27-25, 25-21, 15-12 to advance to the quarterfinals round. Canada dominated the game at the net with 19 blocks against 10 from the winners. Bethania De la Cruz led the Dominicans with 23 points followed by Lisvel Eve (17) and Milagros Cabral (13). Canada had five players in double figures topped by Jennifer Hinze who had 18 including 7 blocks. Sherline Holness and Tammy Mahon contributed 17 and 16 while Brittney Page and Elizabeth Cordonier had 11 and 10 respectively.