Cuba qualifies to FIVB U19 Boys’ World Championship
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, June 9, 2018.-
Cuba defeated Guatemala 3-0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-15) at the NORCECA
U19 Boys’ Continental Championship semifinal match and qualified
to next year’s FIVB age-group World Championship.
Defending champion Cuba earned one of two berths to the World
Championship next year and will play for their fifth and second
consecutive NORCECA title on Sunday against the other semifinal
winner, Puerto Rico or United States.
Cuba and Guatemala met in pool-play earlier in the tournament,
with the same outcome. Cuba’s attackers hammered Guatemala with
strength, this time with 42-16 margin in attacks, 10-0 in blocks
and 9-1 in serves. Guatemala committed less scoring errors
Wing spiker José Gutierrez was Cuba’s top scorer with 13 points
on 11 kills, joined by middle blocker Luis Vidal Allen and
opposite Alexei Ramirez with 11 points apiece; setter Christian
Thondike tallied 10 points.
Wing spiker José Gutiérrez of Cuba:
“we can’t be less excited, we reached our goal to qualify to the
world championship and now we have all intentions of winning the
title. It wasn’t a demanding game, but I congratulate Guatemala
for their effort”.
Coach Mario Izquierdo of Cuba:
“this is Cuba’s new volleyball generations, they are
disciplined, tactic and with good physical strength; these are
boys from several provinces in Cuba and I really satisfied with
their effort to qualify to the world championship. This team is
well prepared many people to thank and that are involved in this
project of young Cuban talents. We will face the title match
with the same energy”.