Rosario, Argentina, August 26, 2017 - After leaving the court in defeat six times, Cuba finally celebrated at FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship and it was at their final match, by 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 18-25, 25-16, 16-14) over a feisty Thailand.
Despite the result, Cuba landed on the last place of the standings, with 2 points in the Playoff 17-20. Thailand, with 7 units, topped the four-team pool and finished 17th.
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Cuba enjoyed a whole set from Ailama Cese as she scored 25 times, followed by Ivy May Vila with 20 tallies and captain Elizabeth Vicet with 17. On Thailand, Piyarat Buddawong collected 21 points and Oanchisa Lonok was the other player in double figures, with 12.
With four spikes of Cese in the final track, Cuba dashed from a 20-all score to a 25-20. The team in red continued in control thanks to Cese and Vicet, but Thailand blasted in the end to generate Cuban mistakes and leveled the match 25-23. The match didn’t change right after because Cuba stepped forward, but a more focused Thailand kept failing less to advance 25-18. Another tie-breaker was yet to come as left-handed Vila did a better job for a Cuban 25-16, and the comeback was completed a while later - Cuba’s Morozo had a great service streak to put her side ahead 12-10 and wait for the 16-14 that came a while later.