HAVANA, Cuba, October 6, 2022.- Cuba topped
Chile in straight sets 25-18, 25-15 and 25-19 to
complete the semifinalists of the Men’s U21 Pan
American Cup at Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum, where
the fans have been enjoying this generation of
The numbers show the hosts superiority with
advantages in attacks (33-24), blocks (12-5) and
serves (8-6). They committed less errors
The Cuban offense was balanced among three men
scoring double digits, they were opposite hitter
Alejandro Miguel González (12), outside hitter
Bryan Camino (11) and middle blocker Jakdiel
The only player on the South American side with
double figures was opposite Antar Derpich with
Jesús Cruz, head coach of Cuba said “after the
loss against Canada we got together because this
match was of great importance, and we came out
with conviction. The boys were looser, further
from the opponents’ level, and I gave everyone
participation, I want them ready for tomorrow.
United States, like Canada, no matter which
generation, always bring good teams, they have
an immense population to chose from, they play a
lot in college and have a great level. We must
only trust in our preparation and give our all
on the court tomorrow”.
Tall player Jakdiel Contreras opinion “it was
such a difficult game, but it was very important
because it was decisive to reach the semifinal.
Today we committed several errors, tomorrow we
must play better. We are super happy because
this victory was crucial”.
Iván Villarreal, head coach of Chile was sure to
say “we faced a great opponent, for a moment we
were able to perform, and we controlled them
with blocking, occasions in which I believe we
had more order during the game. Cuba has the
virtue to keep you stressed with a high serve,
you tie the score, and they score on three
serves in a row, they score two or three points,
and they keep a favorable distance from them. We
faced a great team and I really hope they
qualify for Worlds”.
Outside hitter Josué Ruiz, recognized that “Cuba
is a powerful opponent, we could have given some
more, I think it wasn’t our day, we came from
losing to Mexico, whom against we also didn’t
give much. Cuba has a good team y they deserved
to win. We will continue to work to go further”.
Friday’s semifinals will be between
Canada-Mexico and United States-Cuba.
Classification matches for positions five to
eight will be held previously.