Cuba stops the momentum of Trinidad & Tobago
PINAR DEL RÍO, Cuba, June 7, 2018.-
The Cuban national team stopped the impetus of Trinidad and
Tobago and won its second match 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-11) in the
NORCECA Men’s Challengers Cup which grants the champion the
confederation quota to the FIVB 2019 League of Nations
qualifying World Final.
The initial set was characterized by a strong rivalry where the
visitors arrived to point 16 tied with the home side, who
strengthened their attack to close victorious and confirm their
high level in this area also in the rest of the match.
In the following, the favorites to take the crown and the quota
were clearly superior in all aspects and did not give liberties
to the Trinidadians, who in the second set lost their only
setter, Donald Kameron, hampered by an injury to the left ankle,
and was replaced by wing spiker Daynte Stewart.
The top scorer was the opposite of Trinidad & Tobago Ryan
Stewart who had 16 points in a day he took the team on his
The Cubans, with an offense shared between regulars and
substitutes, had in the opposite Miguel David Gutierrez the one
who added the most with 9 points, followed by wing spiker Miguel
Ángel López and middle blocker Javier Concepción each with 7
Cuban technical director Nicolás Vives said that "we are in
preparation to face the Puerto Ricans tomorrow and this was a
transit match, at the same time we are working on some aspects
like the tactical serve and others that we did not want to show,
but we are ready to win against Puerto Rico, because it is one
of our rivals in the Central American and Caribbean Games in
Their captain, center-back Liván Osoria, said "really in the
first set they showed some resistance but we were catching our
game little by little, we fulfilled the objectives and tomorrow
we are coming for the victory against Puerto Rico. These two
matches plus the preparation we have gone through and the
experience of those of us who have played in foreign leagues, I
think that gives us all the weapons and the drive to succeed."
Sean Morrison, head coach of Trinidad and Tobago, said: "It was
a very good match, my team was excellent in the first set, we
even made five attacks that separated us from the opponents, but
we needed to be more consistent and compared to the rival today
there is no doubt that there is a big gap, we have to work more
at this level to continue improving, and I love playing against
Cuba because of its level and because I feel it as a family."
His captain Ryan Stewart highlighted the performance of the
hosts and said that "it was a good game and an excellent
performance by our team, we have a lot of work to do, what we
have to do is keep improving and keep pushing and pushing to try
to win the match".
Cuba (2-0) will face Friday the undefeated Puerto Rico (3-0)
starting at 18:30 local time, while the program opens at 15:30
with Guatemala against Costa Rica.