The team of Tomás Fernández claimed an overwhelming 3-0 victory over Guatemala (25-19, 25-9, 25-15) and with the result the Cubans got their first five points in Pool A of the IV U23 Pan American Cup which is held for the fourth time in Peru at the Manuel Bonilla Coliseum in Miraflores.
Commanded by their captain Diaris Perez, the Cuban team took the victory demonstrating strength in the categories of the blocking (12-2) and services (13-3) with Guatemala battling in the attack (33-21). Both squads registered 17 unforced errors.
The individual score was led by Pérez who reached the maximum of 12 points, followed by Ailama Cese with 11 points and Jessica Aguilera with 10. In the opposite team Martha Guillermo got the maximum of 8 points.
The next game in Cuba is scheduled for this Wednesday 15 at 3:00 p.m. against Chile. On the other hand, Guatemala will match forces before the host team at 7:00 p.m.
The captain of Cuba, Diaris Pérez: "I think that in the first set we were playing to the rhythm of the rival team, but for the following sets we could retake our level, the team has come very cohesive and I think we will have a good competition, I trust we will achieve our goal, to stay with the gold medal".
The captain of Guatemala, Astrid González: "This is the first participation for our national team in a U23 Pan American Cup and I am very happy for the work my team has done, we knew it would not be an easy game, but we played very close, following the indications of our coach and that we are happy to have been able to play a game in which each one gave the maximum before a tough rival.”