Cuba is golden at the Men’s NORCECA Championship
WINNIPEG, Canada, September 7, 2019 - Cuba won the
gold-medal match 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20) at the
2019 Men’s NORCECA Continental Championship at the
University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada.
Cuba led in attack points (46-34), and dominated from the
service line (10-5), but the U.S. held its own in blocking
with 11 points compared with Cuba’s seven.
Cuba’s was a team effort with Osniel Mergarejo and
Lopez leading scoring with 15 each, followed by
Robertlandy Simon (including four aces) with 14 and Marlon
Yant with 12.
TJ Defalco and Kyle Ensing had 12 points apiece for the
Cuba had already locked up a spot in the NORCECA Olympic
Qualifier next January as the winner of the recent Champions
Cup, held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The U.S. is already
qualified for the 2020 Olympics as winner of its pool in the
FIVB Qualification Tournament last month.
Cuba, head coach, Yosvany Muñoz Perez: “I’m very happy. We
came here to fight for first place, and that happened. We
had very strong serves, the reception was very, very good
and our attacking was a good performance.
Our players now will play professionally all over the world
and we’ll get back together in December to prepare for the
Olympic Qualification tournament. “
USA, head coach, John Hawks: “They served really well, as we
expected, and I think offensively they were just a little
sharper than they were the other night (when USA won in the
pool match). We didn’t pass as well as we did, we lost the
serve/pass game…. Our guys are trying to prove ourselves to
our senior teams, to be on the roster….
Leaving here with the silver medal is great, but we want
gold. We’re proud of the effort, but in the end we just
weren’t sharp enough, so credit to Cuba, they played great.”