Cuba in the final of Men’s Challenger Cup
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia - July 6, 2019 – Cuba and Slovenia will
clash in the final of the 2019 FIVB Men’s Challenger Cup in
Ljubljana after defeating Turkey and Belarus, respectively. The
winner will grab the one and only available spot in the 2020
FIVB Volleyball Nations League, replacing relegated Portugal.
The first semifinal between Cuba and Turkey turned out to be a
nail-biting five-setter. Cuba celebrated a 3-2 (22-25, 25-23,
25-22, 20-25, 15-12) victory. Both teams spared no effort in
The encounter between Cuba and Turkey was also a battle of
players – Jesus Herrera Jamie was the top scorer of the match
with 26 points (22 in attack); on other side of the net Adis
Lagumdzija got 20.
The hosts Slovenia after losing the first set found their way to
the final, eventually beating Belarus 3-1 (21-25, 27-25, 25-20,
Pavel Kuklinski was the top scorer of the match with 20 points
to his name (18 from attack).