Cuba dominates tough match against Mexico
BARRANQUILLA, Mexico, July 29, 2018.- Cuba dominated Mexico 3-0
(25-23, 25-18, 25-18) in a tough pool A match of the men’s
volleyball tournament at the 2018 Barranquilla XXIII Central
American and Caribbean Games at Humberto Perea Coliseum.
Cuba and Mexico engaged an emotional duel, with force at the net
and stunning blocks, adding to the high energy in their
performers. Cuba dismantled Mexico with 21-17 advantage in the
first set with their towering blocks. During the exchange of
court to start set three, Pedro Rangel of Mexico and Adrian
Goide of Cuba were expelled for improperly conduct.
Cubans defeated Mexico with 44-33 superiority in spikes and 6-0
aces. Mexico was better in blocking with 7-3 advantage. Cuba
scored 22 points on Mexico’s errors, committing 19 unforced
error of their own.
Opposite player Miguel Gutierrez of Cuba, led all scorers with
16 points, on 13 kills and 3 aces; wing spikers Miguel López and
Osniel Mergarejo finished with 15 and 10 points accordingly.
Wing spiker Gonzalo Ruiz led Mexico with 13 points, the only one
from his team with double-figures.
Cuba with 2-0 record will finish pool-play against Dominican
Republic who stands with 0-2 mark; while Mexico and Venezuela
meet in a die or live match, both with 1-1 record.
Top scorer Miguel Gutierrez said, “Mexico always plays tough
against us, they are heated games. We are here to win every
single match, with our strong presence. Cuba always thinks of
winning and tomorrow we’ll finish pool-play just the same”.
Cuban head coach Ernesto Nicolas expressed, “Mexico is an
opponent that knows how to play volleyball. We always come out
to win. At the end the result is what determines who the winner
is. My boys have worked well, they are motivated and
disciplined. There was a small confusion, my players are young
and it didn’t go any further, these are things that happen in
sports; Cuba and Mexico are friends. Tomorrow we finish against
Dominican Republic and we will do the same, play strong”.
Jorge Azair head coach of Mexico said he has a team that
responds well, “our libero was injured yesterday and we used our
substitute libero, today we needed to use our second setter.
Cuba’s blocking performance made the difference. In set one, we
were unnecessarily anxious; we were up by three points and
started to commit unforced errors. This is the toughest pool and
the competition doesn’t end here, we’ll go out and die tomorrow