Cuba Cruises to NORCECA Championship Bronze
CHARLESTON, W.Va., USA (Sept. 10, 2023) – Cuba cruised to the bronze
medal win over the Dominican Republic, 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-16) on
Sunday at the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship at the Charleston
Coliseum and Convention Center.
Cuba finished the tournament at 4-1. The Dominican Republic (2-3) placed
Cuba led in attacks (44-28), blocks (11-0) and aces (6-1). The Dominican
Republic scored 16 points on Cuba’s errors and committed 14.
Cuba’s outside hitter Miguel Angel Lopez led all scorers with 16 points
on a match-high 12 attacks, three blocks and one ace. Middle blocker
Javier Concepcion added nine points on a match-high four blocks, four
attacks and one ace.
Outside hitter Hector Cruz led the Dominican Republic with 10 points on
Cuba Coach Jesus Angel Lopez: “We achieved the goal of winning a medal
in the tournament, we would have liked to have contested the game for
the final, but we struggled and couldn’t achieve that objective.
Additionally, with this tournament, we were aiming to win as many points
as possible for the world ranking and maintain our current 12th
position. The Dominican Republic is an opponent we know very well; we
have faced them countless times, and at times, the matches have been
more intense with greater rivalry. Our players showed the determination
that was necessary in this type of competition. Against the Dominican
Republic, we made a difference, although it wasn’t with the level of
rivalry we would have preferred, but we played our game with the
performance required to win the bronze medal.”
Dominican Republic Coach Jose Gutierrez Sanchez: “We’ve been so happy
about the result. We know we have to work a lot because the job is just
beginning. It’s OK for us. We have a young team and we have to continue
to work more and more.”