PRESS RELEASE 16/10/2009

Cuba to play for the title and ticket to Japan

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico, October 16, 2009 – Cuba defeated Canada in straight sets 25-22, 25-16, 25-21 and will play on Saturday for the title of the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship and the ticket to the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup.


The Cubans, winners of the competition 13 times, relied on their powerful serves led by Fernando Hernandez, who came from the bench to record three aces. Cuba had a 7-2 advantage in serving aces and both teams scored with 8 blocks.


Yoandy Leal and Wilfredo Leon paced Cuba with 15 and 14 points respectively. Osmany Camejo contributed 8 points and Michael Sanchez and Roberlandy Simon each had 7 tallies. Joel Schmuland led Canada with 11 points and Stephen Gotch added 8.


“It was not one of our best matches,” said Simon, the captain of Cuba. “Our reception was not good but our serves earned the victory for us. We executed in the key moments but we need to improve if we want to win tomorrow’s match.”


“We played at times at the same level with Cuba but didn’t have the consistency,” said Gotch, the captain of Canada. “Our reception wasn’t good but also they served very well and put us in problems.”


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