Cuba’s Isbel Mesa tallied a team-high 10 points and captain Wilfredo Leon chipped a team-high nine points. Trinidad & Tobago was paced by Marc Honore’s 11 points and captain Nolan Tash added 10 points.
Cuba controlled the net with a 9-2 block advantage, along with a 5-2 margin in service aces. Trinidad & Tobago committed 21 errors to Cuba’s 14. Cuba converted 40 of 62 attacks into points for 64.5 percent, including a perfect 7-of-7 from Mesa.
Cuba, ranked No. 5 in the world and No. 1 in NORCECA, will now face host and defending Olympic Games champion United States in the second semifinal at 20:00 on Friday. The USA is ranked No. 6 in the world and No. 2 in NORCECA.