Havana.- THE SELECTION The Cuban men’s team defeated Puerto Rico this Wednesday on the second day of the III. Pan American Cup Final Six of Norceca in Edmonton 2023 in Canada with 3:1 sets at the Flair Airlines Hangar.
According to the website www.norceca.net, Mario Raúl Izquierdo’s students won the first set 25-22, lost the second 19-25, but finished in the third and fourth sets (26-24 and 25-18).
The game lasted one hour and 32 minutes and served to highlight Cuban opponent Alejandro Miguel González.
The young man was the best scorer of the game with 26 points, 23 in offense, one in blocks and two in serves, followed by the Puerto Rican Klistian Lawrence (17/15-1-1).
The assistants José Ramón Gómez (13/ 11-1-1) and Yusniel Martí (12) as well as the central defender Thiago Suárez (10/ 9-1-0) also shone for the Greater Antilles. Antonio Feliciano (13/ 10-3-0) and Carlos Santa Cruz (11/ 9-1-1) stood out for the Puerto Ricans.
The Cubans achieved their first success in the tournament, although they had to give up 32 points to the Puerto Ricans (21) due to their own mistakes.
The challenge’s official statistics reflect Cuba’s better performance in attack (58-41) and serving (5-3), while Puerto Rico was more effective in blocking (9-7).
In the first game this Wednesday, the USA defeated Mexico by 3-0 sets (25-19, 25-17 and 25-19), a team that won 3-2 (24-26, 22-25, 25) on Tuesday. had defeated. -18, 25-17 and 15-8) from Cuba.
The Americans picked up two wins as they defeated the Dominicans 25-17, 25-9 and 25-19 on the opening day. The Canadians defeated the Puerto Ricans 3-1 sets (25-15, 25-20, 23-25 and 25-20).
Canada and the Dominican Republic meet tonight in the final contest of this second day of the Cup.