Men’s Cuban staff optimistic about young potential
HAVANA, Cuba, February 14, 2017 – There is plenty optimism among
the technical staff of Cuba men’s national program following the
undefeated performance against the Japan U23 team in six
friendly matches –three officials- held in different Cuban
Head coach Nicolás Vives was pleased with the overall
performance of the group taking in consideration the young age
of most of the players. However, he admitted the need to
continue working hard with discipline.
“They accomplished their objectives, especially in blocking and
attack, and we improved in our difficulties with the reception
of floating services, even though those deficiencies are still
prevailing,” Vives said.
Working along his assistants Yosvani Muñoz and Angel González
with the valuable counseling from veteran Justo Morales, he
prioritized on opening each match with the U21 lineup since the
main goal is to get a ticket to the age-group world championship
at the upcoming Pan American Cup in Canada from May 14 to 22.
“Athletes from the U19 and the senior team also played as
everyone is preparing for the intercontinental Pan American Cup
that offers spots to the 2018 FIVB World League,” Vives added.
“We not only worked in the physical and technical part, but also
in the mental toughness that always was a trademark of Cuban
Vives, who had a long career as setter admitted his pupils are
still very young and also have been together for a short period
of time but also praised their great potential for the sport.
“The change of environment for the three official matches after
months training at the national school caused immature mistakes
because of the young age, but it is very positive to get out
from the routine and face opponents like the Japanese who were
improving their level match after match,” he commented.
He praised the job of attacker Marlon Yang, a 15 year-old kid of
2.00 meters height with bright future as well as explosive
spiker Miguel Angel López, 19, and middle blockers Javier
Concepción and José Massó, who are also 19 years-old.
He also alternated setters Livan Taboada, who is a rookie with
only four months at the training camp, and the more experienced
Olympian Adrian Goide.