Cuba defeated Mexico in the opener of Challenger in Havana

Cuba defeated Mexico in the opener of Challenger in Havana
Fecha de publicación: 
31 May 2019
Imagen principal: 

Cuba defeated Mexico 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-21) in the opening match of the Norceca Challenger Men's Volleyball Tournament that began on Thursday at the Coliseum of the Sports City.

The hosts outscored their rivals widely in attacks (50-26), while in blocking the difference was 7-4 and in services 4-2.

Left-handed opposite Jesús Herrera was the top scorer of the match with 16 points, followed by corner players Osniel Mergarejo (14) and Miguel Ángel López (11), and blocker Roamy Alonso (11). For Mexico, the only in double digits was Gonzalo Ruiz (11).


Cuba presented a starting line-up of players barely 21 years of average age, with the exception of Libero Yonder Garcia, which outperformed Mexico in size and potency, and increased their rhythm of play in each set. They had some lack of coordination at the beginning, but those who played in the Argentine league with those who stayed at home are already in harmony.

This event, which gives a place to the winner for the Grand World Qualifying Final to the League of Nations with in Slovenia from 3 to 7, will have its second day on Friday with the clash between Mexicans and Puerto Ricans.

Nicolás Vives, Cuban coach, pointed out that "the team played quite well, a little bit of anxiety, normal when playing for the first time in front of their audience like in a season, but then they adjusted. Although we met in the blockade we had to do the same in the counterattack while in the serve we still lack the frequency that we know will be improving and in general all were delivered. Mexico is a young team, some have faced us, but they play well because they do it a lot. "

The central Roamy Alonso, among the double-digit scorers, said that "obviously missing Mexico fundamental players, without underestimating the effort of those who are here, did not exceed our level, but in reality we focused on our team to do the actions that we have trained. I think Puerto Rico is in a similar situation and we also hope to win."


Sergio Herrera, technical director of Mexico, said that "for times my team had good actions, but we played against a very powerful rival, very worked, even so, we bring some players that we have premiered internationally, they did not look so bad, they did interesting things, I think that if we had played in the first set like in the other two maybe we would have achieved something else, that was our objective ".

His captain Gonzalo Ruiz declared that "we are happy with the work we did, because we have very young colleagues who had the opportunity to integrate the selection and this was our first game of the season. We always want to win, but we have to keep going and the next game has to be better".

Add new comment

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Enter the characters shown in the image.