Cuba tops Pool A to advance into Barranquilla Semifinals
BARRANQUILLA, Colombia, July 30, 2018.- Cuba topped pool A after
defeating Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-14) advancing
into the men’s volleyball tournament semifinals of the 2018
Barranquilla 2018 XXIII Central American and Caribbean Games at
Humberto Perea Coliseum.
Cuba had no setbacks in their final pool-play match using all
their players while storming over defending champions Dominican
Republic. Cuba wins pool A with unbeaten 3-0 record and moves
into Thursday’s semifinals.
Cuba´s impressive 14-1 advantage in blocking was too much for
Dominican Republic. The winners also led with 33-30 attacking
margin and 9-1 in aces. Cuba finished with fewer errors
Only two players scored double-figures, middle blocker Livan
Osoria led Cuba with 14 points, including 5 blocks and 3 aces;
and Dominican opposite player Henry Tapia scored 16 points all
Cuba’s top scorer, Livan Osoria expressed “our level is much
higher than theirs, so they weren’t performing with energy. We
were calm because we want to save energy for following matches.
We were expecting to win easily. We executed almost every skill,
as humans we committed errors but not that much. Our goal is to
win the tournament”.
Ernesto Nicolas Vive, Head coach of Cuba said “this is one more
step, there are two left and we are looking forward to make
them. We are happy. Everybody had the opportunity to play, but I
am very demanding, I want my team to comply, to perform
seriously and with good quality. Today we practiced real
situations to be ready”.
Venezuelan Jose Gutierrez, head coach for Dominican Republic
said this pool was the toughest one, “the possibility to leave
empty handed was always there. Cuba is the tournament’s
favorite. It’s not easy to be coaching this team for only three
months, we are making changes, it was difficult to have the
entire squad, even now there are some injured players and the
challenge is to be ready for the Pan American Cup that qualifies
to the Pan American Games. We must work hard to prepare better”.