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Toronto, Canada, July 23, 2015 - Cuba showed its utmost playing an outstanding match to finish fifth at the Indoor Volleyball women's competition at the Pan-American Games in Toronto after overcoming Argentina's Las Panteras 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-17, 25-21). Melissa Vargas, Cuban opposite player topped the score with 32 points while for Argentina Emilse Sosa and Leticia Boscacci scored 17 and 15 tallies respectively.

All Argentine effort to win the first set was stopped by the outstanding skills of Melissa Vargas. The opposite Cuban player, that is only 15 years old, scored 10 points in this set with Argentina playing with Sol Piccolo (4 points) and Leticia Boscacci (5) in the start line-up replacing Lucia Fresco and Yamila Nizetich respectively.

Keeping the confidence and its playing path Argentina kept playing ball after ball stopping Vargas, that nevertheless scored 8 points with digging and blocking being their best weapons. Cuba risked spiking and serving and therefore scored more non-forced errors and the light blue - white team coached by Guillermo Orduna tied the series 1-1 and by the same score: 25-21.

On the third set Regla Gracia played to help with the Cuban spikes and the Caribbean team showed confidence to break Argentina attitude and win 17-25 putting the series 1-2.

Cuba kept leading on the fourth with strong digging and spiking and Argentina did not find at any time how to stop them. Only after the second TTO Las Panteras stopped somehow Vargas to reach a 18-20 score but fighting to close the match they fought each ball winning once more 21-25 and ending with a fifth place celebration.