Havana, July 16 (ACN) Cuba will face Puerto Rico in the semi-finals this Saturday after finishing as the undefeated leader of the Mexico-based men’s Pan American Volleyball Cup preliminary round.
On the final date of the knockout round on Friday, the Cuban team defeated host Mexico 3-0 with a score of 25-20, 25-18 and 25-22, to claim their fifth straight victory.
According to the site www.norceca.net, the statistics showed the superiority of the Cubans in attack, 36 out of 25, and in service (7-1), while Mexico was better, but narrowly, in counter (7-6) . ) and mistakes made that earn points for rivals (26-27).
The game’s top scorer was Jesús Herrera, who had 16 points, 13 in attacks and one in blocks, followed by his teammates, Osniel Mergarejo (14/11-1-3) and Roamy Alonso (8/6- 1- 1), while for Mexico the most prominent was Mauro Issac Fuentes (8/0-0-0).
Thus, Cuba won 3-0 (25-15, 25-15 and 25-22), 3-2 (25-20, 28-26, 20-25, 23-25 and 15- 11), 3 -0 (25-17, 25-18 and 25-21), 3-1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-20) and 3-0 (25-20, 25 -18 and 25 -22) against the Dominican Republic, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico, in that order.
The Cubans, with five wins and no losses, will seek the bye for Sunday’s final against the Mexicans (1-4), who finished in fourth place.
In the other semi-final, Canada (4-1) and USA (3-2), the teams that finished second and third, in that order, will be in action.
Friday also saw the Canadians and the Americans as winners, who defeated the Puerto Ricans (25-18, 25-22 and 25-23) and the Dominicans (25-13, 25-16 and 25-20), respectively. .
The competition distributes points for qualification for the Central American and Caribbean Games in San Salvador and the Pan American Games in Santiago de Chile, both in 2023.
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