Cuba wins Bronze over Puerto Rico at Men’s Pan Am Cup
CORDOBA, Mexico, September 2, 2018.- Cuba beat Puerto Rico 3-1
(20-25, 25-9, 25-18, 25-17) winning the bronze medal match of
the thirteenth Pan American Cup at the Arena Cordoba in Cordoba,
Cuba repeats the same position as the past edition, winning
their third overall bronze medal in the history of the Men’s Pan
American Cup (2007, 2017) coming from behind with overwhelming
victory over Puerto Rico.
Cuba capitalized on their ability to keep Puerto Rico with
little options to respond to their strong presence over the net.
Puerto Rico lacked their usual energy and making several line-up
Cuba prevailed with overwhelming 14-3 blocking advantage and 9-2
margin in aces. The winners also held advantage in spikes 48-43
while scoring on 24 opponent errors, allowing a total of 21
points on their own.
Wing spiker Marlon Yang led Cuba with 19 points including 13
kills and 4 aces, wing spiker Miguel Angel Castro chipped in
with 17 points on 14 kills and 3 blocks, in addition to opposite
Jaime Herrera who registered 16 points including 5 powerful
aces. Puerto Rican opposite Maurice Torres scored 18 points
including 15 kills, one block and 2 aces.
Cuban opposite player, Jaime Herrera indicated “the victory is
four our country, it was a team effort, we were determined to
not let Puerto Rico move forward. We were aggressive in blocks”.
Nicolas Vives, Cuba’s coach said his team’s performance improved
in serves and blocking “we prevailed effectively in these two
skills; my guys came out to fight for the bronze with
determination and we are very glad”.
Angel Perez captain of Puerto Rico said “after the first set,
Cuba overwhelmed us with serves and reception; this is who
modern volleyball is played, we couldn’t keep up with their
pressure. Cuba played better than us and deserved to win. It’s
not justifying ourselves, but it’s been a rough month with our
National Superior League, the Central American Games and coming
here, also two of our starters (one injured and another sick)
couldn’t perform today”.
Coach Oswald (Ossie) Antonetti consider his team had
difficulties maybe because they’ve already reached their goal
qualifying to Lima “the group is tired, we had trouble making
adjustments, Cuba played very well. Important players are
injured; you know when your team is on a high note and when not,
this helps us to prepare for future events”.