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Cuba advanced to the grand final of the XV Gatineau Volleyball Pan American Cup 2022

voleibolCuba had notable advantages in attack (45-33), blocking (8-6) and service (5-2), and their own errors were fewer (16-17). Photo: Norceca

The Cuban men’s team swept the Chilean team for the second time and advanced to the grand final of the XV Gatineau Volleyball Pan American Cup 2022, which takes place at the Slush Puppie Center, in Canada.

In just one hour and eight minutes, the Antilleans sealed the commitment of the semifinal round against the South Americans, with partials of 25-16, 25-20 and 25-21. Thus they added their fourth success in a row and in the same way.

Nicolás Vives’s students had no setbacks against a team that also dominated in the recent challenger cup, in South Korea, despite not fielding their starting center back Roamy Alonso.

His place was taken by the opposite Michael Sánchez, who showed the value of his experience, especially from the service line.

Collectively, Cuba had notable advantages in attacking (45-33), blocking (8-6) and serving (5-2), and their own errors were fewer (16-17).

Individually, Miguel Ángel López was the one who contributed the most to the offense with 18 points, of those 13 attacks, two blocks and three aces. He was escorted by the opposite Jesús Herrera with 15 (12-3-0) and also corner player Osniel Mergarejo with 11 (8-1-2).

Precisely El Ruso Sánchez contributed six goals (five attacks and one block), identical performance on par with him on this day, the central Liván Osoria. Setter Adrian Goide added two units. The top scorer was Chilean Vicente Parraguirre (20).

Cuba will face this Sunday, starting at five in the afternoon, the winner of the duel between the United States and Canada, in defense of the crown won in 2019 and for qualification for the Pan American Games in Santiago 2023.

We played well, it was a good game, we made some changes and the objective was achieved, to win, which is the most important thing. The United States or Canada, whoever our rival is, I think we will not have any problems. I am very happy with the performance of our team, declared Vives.

In other results this Saturday, Mexico beat the Dominican Republic 3-1 sets (25-14, 27-29, 25-18, 25-15) and will play fifth place against Puerto Rico, winner of the young team from Brazil in partial 25-23, 25-22 and 25-19.

Quisqueyanos and South Americans will fight not to be in the basement of the tournament.

(Taken from Jit)

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