Cuba defeated Dominican Republic and will be the other
HAVANA, Cuba, August 29, 2018 – Host Cuba beat the Dominican
Republic 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 25-17) and will be the other
semifinalist next Friday at the Norceca U21 Men’s that continues
to develop in the Sports City Coliseum.
In the first two sets Cuba managed to stop their opponents at
the rate of blockades and serves, the latter more effective in
the second, which complicated the reception and had to
distribute their offense, but with the exception of Bayron
Valdez the others don’t have similar strength in the attack.
That was the key to success despite starting the game at home
with 14 unforced errors, 9 of them for service failures and
having to overcome a dangerous 22-24 advantage thanks to a
timely and combative effectiveness mainly in the service.
They got double digits for the hosts, José M. Gutiérrez (11) and
the opposite José Romero (10), however the top scorer of the
match was the opponent Jairo Pérez (13), followed by Bayron
Valdez (11), both corner attackers.
Cuba ended up in attacks (42-27), blocking (6-3) and service
(8-3), but more unforced errors (26-20).
Jesus A. Cruz, coach of Cuba, said that "unquestionably this
rival was the strongest we had in the group and we are of
similar characteristics, we play" hot ", but my team surpasses
them in physical potential, technical level and a distributed
offense in almost all the players and they depend a lot on
Bayron, but they also had not faced a blockade of our height ".
Corner attacker Julio Cárdenas stated that "at the beginning we
were a bit tense in the actions, it complicated us a bit, but we
keep fighting and we won, and we will keep this delivery and
disposition for what remains, which is the most difficult part".
Byron, the Dominican captain, said "although we lost 3-0 I
understand that it was an excellent game, my teammates are very
young, there is one up to 15 years old, we did everything we
could against an excellent opponent, tall and strong, and It is
the first time we face it, so I assure you that we can continue
His coach José Dante Mañón considered that "we played at a good
level, it hurt a bad decision in the first set to go back when
we were to finish them, the pressure was for them, the team
dropped their heads and we could not recover, we were also
affected by the reception, but we can beat them because we
trained and we trained with our senior team that gets very well,
we came prepared, but I think we are going to react because what
we have is level games and that is what we are used to."
Thursday’s program only includes the two quarterfinal matches
between the Dominican Republic-Nicaragua (2:00 p.m.) and
Canada-Barbados (4:00 p.m.).