Cubans Leon and Juantorena receive fans support
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, January 18, 2013 – Cuban wing-spikers
Wilfredo Leon and Osmany Juantorena both remain in contention
for the 2012 Globe Awards, a contest organized by volleyball.it,
a popular website based in Modena, Italy.
The quarterfinals-round of electronic voting by fans from all
over the world closes on Friday 18 at 23:59 European Central
Leon is paired against Poland’s Bartosz Kuret while Juantorena
faces Italy’s Simone Parodi. In the first round Leon was favored
80-20 over Russia’s Tharas Kthey while Juantorena easily won
75-25 against France’s Earvin Ngapeth.
Several players from USA were eliminated in the first round as
outside-hitter Matt Anderson lost 58-42 to Kuret, setter Donald
Suxho was outdistanced 82-18 by Brazil’s Bruno Rezende, opposite
Clayton Stanley lost 74-26 against Russia’s Maxim Mikhaylov,
libero Richard Lambourne was defeated 75-25 by Italy’s Andrea
Bari and middle blocker David Lee was edged by Russia’s Viktor
Also eliminated were Cuba’s Roberlandy Simon, Henry Bell and
The middle blocker Simon lost to Serbia’s Marko Podrascanin
62-38, libero Gutierrez lost to Russia’s Alexander Sokolov 67-33
while outside-hitter Bell finished far behind Italy’s Ivan
Volleyball.it selected a group of the 16 different best players
of the positions of wing-spiker, opposite, middle blocker,
setter and libero and first the readers will vote for the
Then an enlarged jury of more than 100 volleyball journalists
gathered worldwide, will have the leading value to the award of
two absolute prizes –one per gender.
The jury will receive a list of all players in both genders and
they will vote in a ranking from 1st to 5th
place, both for men and women. The top vote-getters are to
receive the recognition as 2012 Volleyball Globe winners.