Cuba returns to the Top of the Americas
TIJUANA, México, August 16, 2014.- Cuba returned to the top of
continental volleyball after beating the United States in three
sets at the IX Men’s Pan American Cup finals. Scores were 25-16,
25-23 and 25-23.
Captain Rolando Cepeda finished with 20 points. On the American
side, Taylor Averill and Taylor Crabb finished with 9 apiece.
Cuba also converted 9 key points in blocking game against 7 by
USA. Captain Zachary La Cavera scored 8 points as well as Scott
“We are so glad for this result. We really worked hard on
getting this result. Fos us it was a product of team work and a
big effort in all aspects. We return with the gold medal and
prepare hard for the next thing,” stated Rolando Cepeda, captain
of Cuba, who was recognized as part of the All Star team.
“We have one goal accomplished by winning the gold medal, now we
have to go on to the world championship in Poland, and also to
be ready for the World League as we expect to get in to the
group above”, Cuban coach Rodolfo Sanchez said, after winning
his second medal in an international competition in less than
three months. Previously, his team had won the World League
Group III title.
“For sure we are so proud of this team. This guys are
inexperienced versus profesional teams a little bit specially in
high ball. But overall We are proud of the guys. We have never
done this as a team at this level and I think we are pleasantly
surprised we well they competed,” Charles Sullivan, coach of USA
expressed after the match.
“I don’t have too much international experience, I’ve just been
playing college volleyball. I didn’t really know what to expect
and there were some really good athletes like the players from
Cuba, and it was a great competition,” Zachary La Cavera
declared about USA performance.
Americans got back into finals at Men’s Pan Am Cup, after being
eliminated of medal competition in 2013.