Cuba avoids last place in Pool D
VARNA, Bulgaria, September 17, 2018 – It was a matter of pride
but Cuba managed to avoid the last place finish in Pool D of the
2018 Men’s FIVB World Championship. The boys in blue beat Puerto
Rico 3-1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17) but the score was academic
as both teams were eliminated on Sunday from the tournament.
Miguel Gutierrez joined the exclusive club of players with 30 or
more points in a World Championship match, scoring 31. Miguel
Lopez added 19 while despite the slow start Maurice Torres once
again was head and shoulders above all of Puerto Rico players
In Florence, Italy, Belgium’s Red Dragons claimed a compelling
3-0 victory (25-18, 25-13, 25-17) over the Dominican Republic as
their blocking performance was just outstanding, with 14 stuffs
in the end.
Hendrik Tuerlinckx and Igor Oskar Grobelny, who usually do not
feature in the starting six, scored 14 and 13 points
respectively to set the tempo for the Belgians. Dominican
opposite Henry Tapia, who played for two sets only, scored eight
points for the losing side.
In Ruse, Bulgaria, Brazil is back on the winning way! The South
Americans overpowered Canada 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 25-18) in
front of over 2500 spectators in “Arena Monbat” and are back in
the game, chasing the first place in Pool B.
This is the first loss for Canada at the tournament which
brought them down to the second place in the standing.
Wallace finished as a top scorer for the winners with 24 points!
For Canada John Gordon Perrin scored 18.