Cuba beat Puerto Rico in a five setter Caribbean battle
TIJUANA, Mexico, August 11 2014 – Cuba beat Puerto Rico in a
long epic battle of the Caribbean that was decided in five sets
with a victory for the Cuban squad 18-25, 26-24, 25-20, 21-25
Maurice Torres was the scoring leader for Puerto Rico, with 24
points, included 2 aces, while Hector Soto closed with 11. On
the Cuban side, captain Rolando Cepeda finished with 22 points,
two of them by service and Javier Jimenez Scull closed with 17.
“We served very well, kept pressure and put them in trouble.
However we couldn’t defend and couldn’t block, so that’s why we
lost the match”, Soto said.
“It was our first match. We made many mistakes and lost a lot of
of concentration in the first set and that’s why we finished
3-2, but we expect to improve in our next match against
Dominican Republic,” Cepeda mentioned.
“Despite the victory, we are not satisfied because we had too
many errors. After the World Leage tournament finished we spent
almost a month without playing on our top level and this was our
first match in such a time,” Cuban coach Rodolfo Sanchez
“We must improve today’s mistakes, because we want to remain in
the World League groups by taking part in this tournament, and
also must prepare for the World Championship in Poland. The Pan
American Cup is a more serious competition, because it is now a
qualification event,” said Puerto Rico’s coach David Aleman.