Cuba battles to beat Mexico
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, Juy 29, 2014 - Cuba beat 3-1 Mexico
(25-17, 25-13, 23-25, 25-16) in a hard battle in the Pool C
NORCECA U21 Men’s Continental Championship during the first day
of competition at “Palacio de los Deportes”.
Abraham Alfonso and Osmany Uriarte led all scorers each with 18
points for Cuba while Mexico’s Enrique Ugalde charted ten
points. Cuba led in attacks 53-26, blocks 8-4 and aces 8-3. Cuba
gave away 38 points via unforced errors with Mexico finishing
Cuba will face the United States on Wednesday at 8:00 pm and
Mexico will play Nicaragua at 2:00 pm.
Alan Martinez, Mexico’s Captain: "We had many ups and downs.
After winning the third set we saw that we could do well, but we
couldn’t keep it going. The best we had was the reception. We
handle that aspect and it helped us to have more options.
Tomorrow we will have a match against United States a team that
we believe is at the same level.”
Victor Porras, Mexico’s Coach: "It was a difficult game. We did
not know what to expect from Cuba –their deficiencies and
qualities. We had complications with the reception in some
rotations, but we kept up the pressure. This is not over yet, we
have more matches, the boys are motivated and we will analyze
the match to work on our mistakes."
Ricardo Calvo, Cuba’s Captain: "We lacked the concentration at
times. In the fourth set we went out to win and we had no
problems. We took advantage of the low blocking and moved the
attack well something we have trained a lot. I trust the players
we have and hopefully things will go well in the upcoming
Pavel Pimienta, Cuba’s Coach: "We didn’t have the concentration.
The boys came in a little tense in their first game and they
made mistakes giving points to the opponent. I think it was a
good game, but they (Cuba) had to impose themselves. We expect
to win tomorrow (against United States) because they will enter
with more confidence."