The Cuban volleyball team defeated Mexico in Noresica. Photo: Norsica Info/Twitter.
The Cuban volleyball team defeated its Mexican counterpart, today, Friday, in the quarter-final match of the 2023 NorCica Men’s Championship, which is being held in Virginia, in the United States.
Thus, the Cubans qualify for one of the semi-finals on Saturday when they will have to face Canada, which reached this point directly after defeating its rivals in the first place of the competition.
He hits He explained that yesterday’s match ended in just over an hour, with scores of 25-20, 25-16, and 25-23. The substitutes entered the field and maintained the advantage guaranteed to them by the regular formation.
The team’s top scorer was team captain Osniel Mergarejo, with 15 points distributed over 10 shots, 3 serves, and 2 blocks. Other contributions came from Concepcion (8), José Miguel (7), Herrera (6) and Yant (5).
For head coach Jesus Cruz, this was an important game, “because it puts us in the semifinals and fighting against Canada for a place in the gold medal discussion.”
In addition, he said: “It is a tournament that is a pre-Olympics preparation, where all the players are key because it is a very intense event.”
As for Mexico, the sports bulletin reported that Jose Lopez (13 years old) and Luis Hernandez (12 years old) achieved double figures, and they are among the numbers with which veteran coach Jorge Azaire renews his ranks and owns this group for the China and Santiago Olympics. Pan American Games 2023.
Last Thursday, the team lost in five sets to the host United States in the confrontation that determined first place in the second group.
Volleyball: Cuba loses to the undefeated United States in the NorCica Championship
The locals dominated the first two quarters with scores of 25-22 and 25-17. But the reaction of the Cubans in the following periods (24-26, 22-25) extended the duel until breakwhich favored local residents 15-12, according to A NB Posted on the sports portal He hits.
according to statistics From the tournament position, the Cubans slightly outperformed their opponents in attack (59-57), although they performed better in blocking (17-7) and serving (6-5).