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Defending champions Brazil are one of four undefeated at Pan Am Cup
Defending champions Brazil are the only undefeated team in Pool B after the conclusion of two days of the XI Women’s Pan American Cup, while Cuba, Dominican Republic and United States also improved their win-loss record to 2-0 in Pool A.
In Friday’s action at University of Ciudad Juarez, Cuba blanked Colombia, Dominican Republic won a battle with Canada in four sets and USA crushed Puerto Rico. At Colegio de Bachilleres Gym, Argentina swept Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil downed Peru in three sets and Costa Rica overcame Mexico.
Saturday’s schedule features the following matches: Colombia (0-2) v Canada (0-2), Brazil (2-0) v Trinidad & Tobago (1-1), Peru (1-1) v Costa Rica (1-1), Dominican Republic (2-0) v Puerto Rico (0-2), United States (2-0) v Cuba (2-0) and Argentina (1-1) v Mexico (0-2).
Cuba 3, Colombia 0
Cuba earned their second victory by defeating Colombia 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-15). Cuba’s Wilma Salas scored 12 points followed by Yoana Palacios with 9 and Yanelis Santos and Ana Cleger each with 8 tallies. Melissa Rangel finished with 10 for Colombia who dropped to a 0-2 win-loss record.
Dominican Republic 3, Canada 1
Brayelin Martinez and Gina Mambru each recorded 19 points to carry Dominican Republic to a 3-1 (25-17, 18-25, 25-19, 25-21) victory over Canada. It was the second triumph for the Dominicans while Canada dropped to 0-2. Martinez had five blocks and Mambru served three aces while Prisilla Rivera contributed to the victory whit 17 points. Lisa Barclay and Britnney Page registered 15 and 12 points respectively for Canada and Rebecca Pavan and Jaimie Thibeault each finished with 11 tallies.
USA 3, Puerto Rico 0
USA outclassed Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-14) to claim their second victory. Puerto Rico remained winless in two outings. The Americans literally outblocked their opponents 20-2 with Lauren Gibbenmeyer and Kristin Richards recording five and four respectively. Richards and Gibbenmeyer were the best scorers with 11 and 10 points while Lauren Paolini chipped in 9 and Nancy Metcalf and Cassidy Lichtman each added 7. Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Enright finished with 10 points.
Argentina 3, Trinidad & Tobago 0
Argentina and Trinidad & Tobago evened their win-loss record at 1-1 in Pool B following the straight-set victory (26-24, 25-14, 25-13) of the South Americans over the Caribbean side. Leticia Boscacci and Josefina Fernandez were the winners’ top scorers with 10 points apiece, while Natasha Busquets added nine. Sinead Jack had 10 tallies for the defeated side.
Brazil 3, Peru 0
Brazil collected their second victory in as many outings by downing Peru (1-1) in straight sets (25-11, 25-19, 25-16). Brazil held an overwhelming 17-7 advantage in blockings led by the seven of Natasha Farinea. Gabriela Braga led the winners with 17 points, including four, blocks while Joyce Silva added 12. Natasha Farinea and Priscila Dairot each finished 11 points to the victory. Peru’s Clarivett Yllescas topped her team with 8 tallies.
Costa Rica 3, Mexico 1
Costa Rica overcame hosts Mexico in four sets (25-27, 25-18, 25-20, 25-23). The Central Americans, who evened their record at 1-1 while Mexico fell to a 0-2 mark, held a 19-5 advantage in the blocking category. Verania Willis led four Costa Ricans who finished in double figures with 19 points, followed by Karen Cope with 14. Paola Ramirez had 13 with five blocks and Angela Willis scored 11 with seven blocks. Mexico’s Alejandra Isiordia had a match-high 25 points and Lizbeth Sainz scored 11.