Cuba stops Chile in Men’s Pan Am Cup pool A

CORDOBA, Mexico, August 28, 2018. - Cuba stopped Chile 3-1 (25-22, 17-25, 25-19, 25-21) in pool A of the thirteenth Men's Pan American Cup, a qualifier to the 2019 Lima Pan American Games at the Arena Cordoba in Cordoba, Mexico.

Tuesday 28 de August del 2018 15:00 PM

Cuba was able to stop a spirited Chilean squad that pushed the entire pool A match extending the actions to a four set victory for the Caribbean team.

Cuba controlled Chile with 12-8 advantage in blocking and 57-48 in attacking. Chile led by a slim 3-2 margin in aces. Cuba allowed 26 points in errors and Chile 21.

Wing spiker Miguel Angel Lopez of Cuba led all scorers with 21 points including 18 kills and one ace; opposite player Miguel Gutierrez followed with 14 points on 11 kills, 2 blocks and one ace, and wing spiker Marlon Yang chipped in with 11 points. Chile had four players with double-figures, opposite player Tomas Parraguirre (14 points), wing spiker Vicente Parraguirre (13 points), middle blocker Simon Guerra (11 points) and wing spiker Dusan Bonacic (10 points).

On day two of competition in pool A, Cuba faces Guatemala and Chile will play to the hosts Mexico.

Livan Osoria Cuba's captain said his team will improve with every match, "we went on improving slowly, we are aiming to qualify for the Pan American Games, the team performed well and it was a good match. We committed some errors in serves and attacks, maybe these were the reasons for losing set two. Our confidence was better in the third set which allowed us to go out on top".

Dusan Bonacic captain of Chile, who is recently recovering from an important shoulder injury, said "I am happy to be playing again, but sad because I consider we could have won, we played very well and we were very close on several occasions; we won set two by sizeable margin. Our goal to qualify to the Pan American Games is intact".

Cuban coach Nicolas Vives expressed that Chile has a good level "they benefited pretty well from our errors. What's important is that we won because we want to qualify to the Pan American Games. We must fix some small details in serving and attacking. This is a young squad, with little experience and we are working hard".

Daniel Nejamkin head coach of Chile said this is just starting "I believe we could have done it much better, we were in control up to the half of set four and they made a change (#12 came from the bench) and the rhythm was different. We must improve every aspect of the game, there is little time but this is just the first match. There is no doubt that Cuba is more powerful, they play better and the deserved to win".


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