Cuba lost to Slovenia in final match of Challenger Cup
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, July 7, 2019 – The Arena Stozice was lucky
for the Slovenian national team who claimed victory in front of
their home fans against Cuba 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-21) winning
the 2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League Challenger Cup and
earning a much-anticipated place among the world’s elite.
Slovenia will replace relegated Portugal in the 2020 FIVB Men’s
Volleyball Nations League.
It was a fierce race for a ticket to the 2020 VNL. Slovenia
played very well having a positive reception of 59% (Cuba 41%)
and 55% in attacking efficiency.
In the decisive parts of the match the Slovenes impressed with
blocks and great serves, and the Cubans couldn’t find a way to
stop the hosts supported by the home crowd.
Klemen Cebulji scored a match-high 18 points (13 from attack, 3
blocks and 2 serves), followed by Toncek Stern (14).
Marlon Yang Herrera of Cuba tallied 11.