USA and Cuba among the twelve finalists in Italia 2010
Rome, Italy, October
2010 – Teams of USA and Cuba, representing NORCECA Confederation
at the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Championship, are still in
competition among the top twelve finalists.
The Americans compete in Pool O in Rome against France and hosts
Italy while the Cubans are part of Pool Q in Florence where they
will battle against the sides of Bulgaria and Spain.
In Pool R, also in the Italian capital, will clash the teams of
Czech Republic, Germany and Brazil and the squads of Serbia,
Argentina and Russia will square off in Pool P in Florence.
The four pool’ winners will converge in Rome for the semifinal
round while the second and third place teams then will compete
for the 5-8 and 9-12 positions respectively, in the cities of
Modena and Florence.
Five teams from NORCECA started competing in the event with
Canada being eliminated in the first round of Pool F by
points-ratio, and Mexico and Puerto Rico outlasted during the
second round in Pool G and H respectively.
During the first round in Modena, Puerto Rico scored victories
over Cameroon (3-0) and Australia (3-1) before losing to number
2 world-ranked Russia in five sets.
Mexico advanced to the second round following a 3-0 victory over
Venezuela in Reggio Calabria after losing battles against USA
(3-2) and Argentina (3-1).
In Pool F in Trieste, Canada lost 3-0 to Poland, won 3-1 over
Serbia and was defeated 3-0 by Germany.
In Pool G at Catania, Puerto Rico lost 3-0 to Germany and 3-1 to
Italy while Mexico lost 3-0 against Cuba and Serbia in Pool H at
In Monday’s action, USA Team play against France while Cuba rest
before playing in consecutive days. The Americans will meet
hosts Italy on Tuesday.