Puerto Rico defeat Cuba for first victory of World Championship


A battle over the net.

Bari, Italy, September 24, 2014 – Puerto Rico routed Cuba in straight sets (25-22, 27-25, 25-19) on the second day of FIVB Women's Volleyball World Championship at PalaFlorio in Bari on Wednesday. This is Puerto Rico's first victory of the tournament following a 3-0 defeat against China.
Key points:
· For the first time on Pool D, a set has ended to advantage-points.
· Puerto Rican sisters Sheila and Karina Ocasio played together during the match.
· In 1974, Cuba beat Puerto Rico 3-0 in their only previous World Championship meeting.
· Sheila Ocasio has been shown the first yellow card of this Pool.
· Puerto Rico won both matches against Cuba in the 2014 World Grand Prix (at home).


Cuba took a 5-3 lead in the opening set and Yamila Hernandez's block made it 8-5 in favor of Cuba at the first technical timeout. Thanks to Cuban errors, Puerto Rico went ahead at 16-14. A block of Stephanie Enright and good spiking by Karina Ocasio stood out (21-18). Mieles's team closed the set (25-22).

There was little to separate the two teams in the first phase of the second set. Locked at 15-15, an error of setter Natalia Valentin put Cuba ahead 21-18. But Ocasio sisters led their team to set's victory (26-24).
In third set Enright reaped another ace and Puerto Rico had match point at 24-18 before wrapping up the victory on a fast attack by Lynda Morales.
Karina Ocasio was the top scorer for Puerto Rico with 24 points while Melissa Vargas got 14 points for Cuba.


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