Cuba sweeps Guatemala at NORCECA U19
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, June 7, 2018.-
Cuba swept Guatemala in straight sets (25-13, 25-12, 25-18) on
the second day of actions at the NORCECA U19 Boys’ Continental
Championship in Gimnasio Nacional of San Jose, Costa Rica.
Cuba is moving forward in pool B, with two wins in the same
amount of outings. Cuba’s serves (10-2) were too much for
Guatemala who struggled with various inconsistencies in their
Cuba also held a huge 37-12 margin in kills and 7-1 advantage in
blocking. In errors, Cuba finished with 28 and Guatemala with
Cuba’s offense was led by wing spiker Jose Miguel Gutierrez with
14 points on 13 kills; setter Christian Thondike scored 10
points, while opposite Alexei Ramirez and wing spiker Victor
Andreu contributed with 7 points apiece.
Cuba’s (2-0) next opponent in pool B is United States (1-0) and
Guatemala (0-2) faces Honduras (0-1).
Cuban captain Christian Thondike indicated “added to our serves,
our reception and attacking was also effective. We have worked
very well. Guatemala has little game strategy but they fought
hard”. Speaking about their next opponent, “United States is
always a tough team and we are hoping to win against them”.
Mario Raul Izquierdo Cuban coach is confident his team is
prepared “our serves were strong and strategically directed to
control Guatemala. My boys are motivated, they are in good
physical conditions, most important of all is that nobody is
injured; we will continue to face each match with conviction”.
Guatemala’s Libero, Angel Alvarado said “Cuba’s serves were
really difficult to handle, they weren’t that strong but they
were well directed. Our performance was similar than yesterday
against United States and we hope to beat Honduras tomorrow”.
Luis Fernando Castañeda, Guatemala’s coach considered that
Cuba’s serves were the main factor of their loss “they were
impossible to receive, added to their strength, they were well
positioned. Our captain Imalej is injured and we hope for his
recovery for our more accessible opponents”.