The tournament, a qualifier to next year’s FIVB World Grand Prix, will continue on Tuesday with one more quarterfinal place available.
In Monday’s action, Dominican Republic defeated Argentina in four sets, Peru beat Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 and USA scored an easy win against a Costa Rica side decimated by injuries.
Elsewhere, Brazil recorded their first victory in Pool A by defeating Canada 3-0 and Puerto Rico evened their record in Pool B with a straight-sets victory over Mexico and will now play Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday for the remaining place in the quarterfinals. USA and Cuba have already qualified for the semifinals by topping their pools.
Dominican Republic v Argentina
The Dominican Republic scored their second victory in Pool A by defeating Argentina 3-1 (25-14, 27-25, 26-28, 25-20). Both teams have a 2-1 record and secured spots in the quarterfinals. Prisilla Rivera topped the Dominicans with 24 points, including four blocks while Annerys Vargas added 13 and Lisvel Eve contributed five blocks among her 11 points. Georgina Pinedo and Florencia Busquets had 13 and 11 respectively for Argentina.
Peru v Trinidad & Tobago
Peru secured a place in the quarterfinals by claiming their third victory in Pool B with a straight-sets (25-18, 25-23, 25-15) win over Trinidad & Tobago meaning the losers drop to a 2-2 record. Karla Ortiz and Jessenia Uceda charted 12 points apiece for the winners while Trinidadian Kelly-Anne Billingy topped all the scorers with a match-high 18 points as Krystle Esdelle added 14.
USA v Costa Rica
USA beat a Costa Rica team decimated by injuries in straight sets (25-11, 25-10, 25-2) to claim their fourth straight win in Pool B. Ogonna Nnamani scored 19 points to lead the winners while Foluke Akinradewo and Jordan Larson charted 13 and 12. The Americans totaled 15 blocks and had a 7-0 advantage in aces.
Brazil v Canada
Brazil finally recorded their first victory after defeating Canada 3-0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-21) in their Pool A clash. Stefanie Tiele finished with 14 points as Brazil’s top scorer while Gabriela Guimaraes and Isabela Da Silveira, finished with 13 and 12 tallies respectively. Canadian Tammy Mahon finished as top scorer of the game with 15 points, while Sarah Pavan and Jennifer Hinze had 14 and 11.
Puerto Rico v Mexico
Puerto Rico evened their record to 2-2 in Pool B after defeating Mexico in straight sets (25-22, 25-14, 25-15) in the final match on Monday. Stephanie Enright and Tatiana Encarnacion compiled 13 and 12 points respectively for the winners and Sarai Alvarez added 8. Mexican Samantha Bricio led all the scorers with 16 points and Andrea Rangel added 10.
The standings after four days of competition are as follows:
Pool A: Cuba (3-0), Dominican Republic (2-1), Argentina (2-1), Brazil (1-3), Canada (0-3).
Pool B: USA (4-0), Peru (3-1), Puerto Rico (2-2), Trinidad & Tobago (2-2), Mexico (1-3), Costa Rica (0-4).
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