Perez, Ailama guide Cuba past Kenya for first win

Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 14, 2017 – Ailama Cese Montalvo and Diaris De La Caridad Perez Ramos helped Cuba to book their first victory here in Ljubljana at the 2017 FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship, outplaying Kenya in straight sets (15-9, 15-10, 15-7, 15-12) in 55 minutes in Pool B on Thursday afternoon.

All matches in Ljubljana are played under a new scoring system currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.

Cuba’s Perez and Ailama had identical twelve-point outputs while Yvone Wavinya top scored for Kenya with eight points, including one ace. Cuba made the difference with a 39-19 spiking firework.

Cuba outclassed Kenya in the opening set with a strong 15-9 win. The young Africans continued to fight in the succeeding sets, but setter Gretell Elena Moreno Borrero helped Cuba run clutch plays that ensured match victory.

Kenya are still waiting for their first set win at the Women’s U23 World Championship, as they finished on a 0-15 set record back in 2013 and remain with a 0-16 balance here in Ljubljana so far.

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