Cuba beat Canada and will discuss the gold unbeaten
HAVANA, Cuba, August 31, 2018 - Cuba beat Canada 3-1 (21-25,
25-21, 25-18, 25-21) and as the only undefeated team will
discuss the gold this Saturday against Dominican Republic, which
beat the United States in four sets (21-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-18)
in their semifinal match of the Norceca Sub-21 Men's Volleyball
Both contenders will not only fight for the title, but also for
the ticket that this event grants for the FIVB World
Championship of the category foreseen in 2019.
The opposite of home side Jose C. Romero with 23 points was the
highest scorer of the contest and corner player Julio C.
Cárdenas was the other with double digits with 17, while the
visitors got the opposite also Xander Ketrzynski with 19.
Cuba got wide advantage of 51-35 in attack and minimum in
unforced errors (32-33), while the rivals led in blocking (9-8)
and service (6-4).
The local coach Jesus A. Cruz explained that "the Canadians came
to make their best game, tried to find their strengths and make
a dent in our weaknesses especially in the first set, in which
the receipt did not work, in which now we were the best in that
department, and they attacked with the serve and it worked
better given our own inefficiency.”
"When we pushed and we had more quality in the reception they
started to fail, and because our blocking and attack are
stronger we forced them to make mistakes, but it was a tense
match, very much fought from the beginning except at the end of
the last set we dominated and we achieved today's goal, however
we have not finished, we have to prepare for tomorrow."
The opposite Romero who is only 18 years-old said that "the
rivals started well and we went up, but we knew to go up in the
second set and make our game, improve the receipt, specify the
complex one and counterattacks, and we added a lot of combat for
them to loosen up."
For his part the northern captain, corner attacker Michael
Dowhaniuk despite the loss kindly made statements. "Both teams
played well, it was a very difficult match, I think we did it
right, we gave it everything."
Shayne White, assistant coach of the technical director, said
that "we play with passion, with courage and we represent Canada
This last day the program contemplates the discussion of the
seventh place (12:00) between Nicaragua and Barbados; for the
fifth Guatemala-Haiti (14:00); Canada-United States for bronze
(4pm) and Dominican Republic (6pm).