Cuba at 0-2, Dominicans and Puerto Ricans lost third in a row


VARNA, Bulgaria, September 14, 2018 – Finland defeated Cuba 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 25-16) in a Pool D match of the FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship on Friday.


The winners had five players with double figures in the scoring charts with a well balanced offense as Urpo Sivula, Markus Kaurto and Sakari Antti Makinen each registered 12 points.


Elviss Krastins and Sauli Sinkkonen had 11 and 10, respectively.
Miguel Gutierrez had 17 points for Cuba and Osniel Melgarejo added 11. Cuba dropped to a 0-2 record.

Also in Varna in Pool D, Bulgaria outclassed Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-21) sending the Caribbean side to a 0-3 mark. Bulgaria blanked Puerto Rico 12-0 in blocks and got the edge in aces 7-6.

Nikolay Penchev and Nikolay Uchikov were the top scorers for Bulgaria with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Pablo Guzman had 11 for Puerto Rico.

In Pool A in Florence,, Argentina defeated Dominican Republic in straight sets 3-0 (26-24, 25-15, 25-15). Ith was the third loss for the Dominicans.

Argentina held advantages of 9-1 and 5-1 in blocks and aces. Cristian Poglajen had12 points for the winners and Sebastian Sole added 11. For the losers, Henry Lopez and Henry Tapia each had 11 points.