Cuba claim the bronze medal
CORDOBA, México, November 30, 2014 - Cuba claimed the bronze
medal at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games after
beating Mexico in straight sets. Scores were 25-19, 43-41 and
Osmany Uriarte registered 23 points for Cuba, while Javier
Jiménez and Livan Osoria finished with 14 apiece.
Iván Márquez scored 17 and Carlos Guerra tallied 13 (2 aces) for
Cuba Dominated 10-8 in blocks and 5-2 in collective aces, with 2
by Javier Jimenez and 2 by Livan Osoria. Mexico gave up 29
points by error and Cuba 23.
Second set between Mexico and Cuba (43-41, 84 points) was the
highest scoring one, overpassing the first set of the match
between Bahamas and Colombia (32-30, 62 points) of the
qualification round for places 5 to 8.
“We finished the tournament learning a lot from Mexico. I want
to congratulate both teams. Physically they were not very well.
But they played with pride and force specially in the second
set. It was a very difficult match,” said Cuban coach Rodolfo
“I want to congratulate Cuba for this medal. I feel like we
played just for a few moments and when you create a lot of plays
and you can conclude the 30 or 70 percent of them against Cuba
or any other opponent, it is difficult,” said Ivan Contreras,
coach of Mexico.
“There is nothing a lot to say, but I feel that in the second
set we had a lot of good opportunities and we could not get the
best of them. We could make the match last longer, but didn’t
closed the set concretely,” said Carlos Guerra, captain of
“It was a good result. A very important match. I’m satisfied for
the medal. We were looking for the gold medal, but finished
third. We gave our best since the beginning and we have to work
more as we move on,” said Rolando Cepeda, captain of Cuba.