Cuba forced their strategy over Canada at Men’s Pan Am Cup
COLIMA, Mexico, June 17, 2019. - Cuba forced their strategy 3-0
(25-19, 25-20, 25-19) over Canada on day two of the fourteenth
Men’s Pan American Cup being played at the Multfunctional
Auditorium in Colima, Mexico.
Cuba keeps their undefeated record in pool A with 2-0 mark,
despite Canada’s effort in moving ahead several times and tying
the scores on numerous occasions throughout the three sets.
Canada stands with 1-1 record.
Cuba led in kills 31-28 and in serving points 5-2, Canada did
better in blocks with 8-6 margin. Cuba capitalized on 33
Canadian errors, allowing 20 points on their errors.
Opposite Jaime Herrera topped Cuba with 12 points on 10 kills
and 2 aces, while outside hitter Osniel Mergarejo contributed
with 10 points including 7 kills and 2 blocks. Middle blocker
Danny Demyanenko was Canada leading attacker with 10 points,
opposite Blake Scheerhoom and outside hitter Craig Ireland
tallied 9 points apiece.
The preliminary round in pool A concludes with Cuba (2-0) facing
Suriname (0-2) and Canada (1-1) playing against defending
champion Argentina (1-1).
Jaime Herrera, top scorer Cuba: “We are confident that we’ll
advance; the team we had to beat in our group was Argentina and
the other games are more accessible, we’re never overconfident
and we always give our best effort. We consider to no setbacks
against Suriname and we’ll have to wait for the crossovers”.
Danny Demyanenko, captain Canada: “Cuba played a very aggressive
game, they were serving very tough which initially made us
struggle, we had some hesitation; after keeping this under
control we started to pick up and keeping it close.
Unfortunately we weren’t that consistent as we wanted to
Nicolás Vives, coach Cuba: “Canada is a team that knows how to
play, with tall players and with good level; we performed well,
we could have done it better, but we need to grow. This is an
extremely young team and we need to work for them to keep
focused and finish with the opponent as soon as possible”.
John Barrett, coach Canada: “We had some opportunities, but we
were unable to stay focused and in control. We are a young team
with young players getting their first international experience,
so the basic aspects of the game: serving, being focused on key
moments takes a lot of work, time and experience is the only
remedy to that”.