Cuba subdues United States in NORCECA U21
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, July 30, 2014 – Cuba displayed
overall talent in a dominant performance against United States
in the second day of actions in Pool C at the NORCECA U21
Continental Championship taking place at Palacio de los Deportes
of San Salvador.
Cuba won by scores of 25-13, 25-16, 25-18 to improve their
win-loss record to 2-0 while the United States evened their mark
The Cubans, who one night earlier had dispatched Mexico in four
sets, were even better on Wednesday against the Americans. They
held big advantages in all the scoring categories.
The Caribbean team had an overwhelming margin in kills (38-21)
and in blocks (9-1) while the difference in aces was 5-2. Cuba
gained 22 points on American errors while giving away 23 with
their own mistakes.
Osmany Uriarte topped Cuba with 17 points, including five
blocks, and Abrahan Alfonso added 16.
Soren Kindem, United States’ Captain: “They are very strong and
we played well but fell short. Let's learn from this. Every
game always helps to improve for the next one.”
Daniel Friend, United States’ Coach: “They have a lot talent and
physical conditions. We had problems with the reception, we
tried but Cuba's serve was very strong. We know that we can play
better. We play fine until 15 points but we must play good until
Ricardo Calvo, Cuba’s Captain: "We knew we were going out today
different than the first game. We went out to give our best.
Tomorrow against Nicaragua we can’t get over confident and we
will keep the same game."
Pavel Pimienta, Cuba’s Coach: "That's our level, in the first
game they came out under pressure, but today they played at
their highest. They (the players) came out as I expected,
because they came from less to more."