April 11, 2010

Cuban Wilfredo Leon Most Awarded

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, April 11, 2010 – Wilfredo Leon was the Most Valuable Player and the most awarded athlete in the NORCECA Boys’ Youth Championship, which concluded today with Cuba’s gold victory over the United States.


The “Lion King”, as Leon is affectionately known in and out of his Caribbean homeland, was also honored as Best Scorer with 81 points and Best Attacker.


The young 16-year-old man, originally from the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, was accompanied in the awards podium by the best players from four other countries.


Aaron Russell, from the United States, was the Best Blocker while Jose Mendoza was Best Defense and Best Libero as well as Jonathan Ponce as Best Setter, both from Mexico.  Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Rivera was Best Server and Costa Rica’s Disotaur Travieso was Best Reception.


Cuba took the first place, undefeated, after winning five consecutive games, followed by the United States and Puerto Rico.


Both Cuba and the United States qualified for the World Championship in the category to be celebrated in 2011.  Runners up were Mexico, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Canada, Costa Rica and Curacao.

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