Havana, May 22.- Cuba will seek today its second win in the 5th Girls´ U18 Pan American Volleyball Cup when facing Guatemala in a contest running until next Sunday in Durango, Mexico, and which grants two berths to the world cup to be held this year in Egypt.
After defeating Peru 3-0 (25-23, 25-12 and 25-23) on Tuesday, the Cuban team will now face Guatemalans and tomorrow they will clash with Puerto Rico, in the closing day of the group stage.
Cuban opposite player Dezirett Madan led all scorers with 14 points, followed by wing spikers Claudia Tarin and Thainalien Castillo (11 units each), while Carolina Milla (7) highlighted for the losing side.
In yesterday other results, Puerto Rico won 3-0 (25-20, 25-15 and 25-9) over Guatemala in Pool B, while in Pool A the Dominican Republic beat 3- 0 (25-12, 25-23 and 25-23) Chile, and Mexico overwhelmed Honduras 3-0 (25-14, 25-5 and 25-13).
Today´s program also includes the games Puerto Rico – Peru (B), Honduras - DR (A) and Mexico – Chile (A).
The leaders of each group will advance directly to semifinals while the best second and third teams of each pool qualify to the quarterfinals.
According to regulations, the top team from NORCECA Confederation will earn an automatic ticket to the world championship (WC) with the second one going to the top ranked team regardless its confederation of origin.
The United States and Canada are NORCECA teams already qualified to the WC as winners and runners-up of last year Continental Championship held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras while Argentina, Brazil and Peru are the South American teams with berths secured to Egypt. (acn)