Cuba secures spot in U23 semifinals
CAIRO, Egypt, August 23, 2017- Cuba booked the second semifinal
ticket of Pool A at Men's U23 World championship after they
upset Mexico 4-1 (15-7, 15-9, 15-13, 15-11) at Cairo Stadium
Complex in Egypt on Wednesday.
Cuba finished Pool matches with a win- loss ratio of 3-2 at the
second position after Brazil who early secured their place at
the top of the pool, while Mexico stayed winless at the end of
the preliminary round.
Miguel Castro was Cuba’s top scorer with 16 points, while
Mexico’s Ridl Garay and Bruno Cruz finished with 16 and 10
The winners held advantages of 11-4 in blocks and 6-2 in aces
while being outscored 40-36 in spikes.
Cuba had the upper hand at the first and second sets to win
widely both sets 15-7 and 15-9, before Mexico played a great
third set as they ended winners in the longest set since the
application of the new scoring rules 26-24.
Again, the Cuban team made a pressure through the service and
blockers to win the fourth and fifth sets and the match 4-1.
All matches in Cairo are played under a new scoring system
currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.