PRESS RELEASE 14/10/2009

Cuba edges Puerto Rico and captures Pool A

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico, October 14, 2009 – Cuba edged Puerto Rico 25-21, 25-22, 25-20 to capture the Pool A and a direct spot in the semifinals of the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship. More than 6,000 fans were in attendance at Ruben Rodríguez Coliseum.


Cuban Roberlandy Simon recorded three blocks and was good with 9 of 12 killing attempts to finish with 13 points. Wilfredo Leon and Michael Sanchez had 12 apiece and Yoendry Leal contributed 8 points. Puerto Ricans Hector Soto and Jose Rivera each scored 12 points and Victor Rivera charted 9.


“It was a good match with some up and downs for us in the first set,” said Roberlandy Simon, the captain of Cuba. “Then we found our rhythm and I think Puerto Rico didn’t have the power at the end of the sets. We are achieving our goal thus far and hope to continue playing hard the rest of the way.”


“We battled point by point with Cuba in the first two sets until the 20-point level,” said Luis Rodriguez, the captain of Puerto Rico. “But they played an excellent game with good reception. They were the superior team and dominated the game with Simon attacking down the middle and freeing the corners.”

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