Cuba kicks off the Under 21 Pan Am Cup with a win over Chile
FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA, CANADA: In front of a packed
enthusiastic crowd of local school children, Cuba and Chile
kicked off the U21 Pan American Cup at the Syncrude Sport and
Wellness Centre at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Cuba dominated and won 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-15).
“This is a good win, we’re slowly getting our rhythm,”
explained Nicolas Vives Coffigny, head coach of Cuba’s U21
squad. “Today was great with all these kids cheering for us. I
think it helped and we’re looking forward to more games.”
Cuba’s charge started early was led by Miguel Gutierrez with a
whopping 21 points, which included 11 off the serve; and Miguel
Lopez with 12 points by the end of three sets.
The third set showed more promise for the Chilean side, starting
off exchanging points until the first technical time out, when
Cuba led by two and then went on to continue to use their size
and power to win in three.
Esteban Mülchi was Chile’s top scorer with five.
“Today, we faced a team stronger than us and we played
terrible,” head coach Daniel Nejamkin of Chile said. “Tomorrow,
I hope we will put ourselves together against Puerto Rico. It’s
a different rival than Cuba, but Puerto Rico has a really good
level as well.”
May 16 (local time)
12:00 Cuba v Chile 3-1
18:00 Brazil v Barbados
20:00 Canada v Guatemala
16:00 Chile v Puerto Rico
18:00 Guatemala v Brazil
20:00 Canada v Barbados
16:00 Puerto Rico v Cuba
18:00 Barbados v Guatemala
20:00 Canada v Brazil