Cuba edges Dominican Republic, to face Canada in semis
LANGLEY, Canada, September 26, 2013.- Cuba qualified to the
semifinals in five sets victory (25-21, 21-25, 23-25, 25-16,
15-12) over Dominican Republic. Both teams played the longest
match of the tournament and had a total combined points of 208.
Jose Caceres finished as top scorer with 31 points for the
Dominican team while Elvis Contreras registered 17and captain
Wilfrido Hernandez 13. For Cuba, Rolando Cepeda tallied 22 and
was followed by Lazaro Fundora with 17 and Javier Ernesto
Jiménez with 13. Cuba will play against Canada on the
“Congratulations to Cuba. I also want to congratulate ourselves
because this was a great match. We did our best and they pushed
us with their serve and their opposite worked very well”, said
Dominican captain Jose Caceres.
“Dominican Republic players did their best. It was so
complicated for us. We did our best but We could go on and
played more physical at the end. They were tired and we tried to
get the best of that situation to win,” said Alexis Lamadrid,
captain of Cuba.
“We knew it was going to be so dificult. We wanted the victory
but we couldn’t, Cuba is a team with young players but with good
height and also had a good serve. We decreased our intensity and
the fifth set was so close, however I am glad for all that our
players did,” stated Dominican Republic’s coach Osiel Vázquez.
For Rodolfo Sánchez, Cuba played well despite the pressure.
“They played with some kind of pressure, but after fourth set
things run better. Everybody knew what to do and the boys did a
great job despite We couldn’t worked well with some balls. It
was important to win but there is still a lot of work to do,” He