Short characterization CUBA

 

PLAYERS

STARTING SIX - SUBSTITUTES

RANKING

2000 - 2008

 

OG 2000

7

1

LEON, Wilfredo

4

JOANDRY, Leal

WCH 2002

19

6

GUTIERREZ, Keibir (L)

7

CAMEJO, Roberto

WC 2003

-

8

CEPEDA, Rolando

11

ORTIZ, Rafael

OG 2004

-

12

BELL, Henry

13

SIMON, Robertlandy

WCH 2006

15

14

HIERREZUELO, Raydel

16

MESA, Isbel

WC 2007

-

18

DIAZ, Yoandri

19

HERNANDEZ, Fernando

OG 2008

-

 

 

General remarks about the team and about the playing-style

·         Young Team.

·         Average Length 197.

·         Good performance in Complex I and II.

·         Performance of receiving and digging in Complex I and II is average.

·         Athletic good developed players.

·         Most players have power in jumping and spiking.

·         All skilled players.

·         Very athletic, explosive players, able to jump high with short approach.

·         Good combination of universal playing abilities and individual strength.

·         Technical and tactical adaptation in playing actions.

 

Serve

·         Power-service, sometimes precision and tactical efficiency adapted to opponent.

·         Good balance between risk full (full power jumps) and safe serve (tactical floats).

·         Most of the players use the jump spin power serve, others use (jumping) float serve.

·         2 players (Leal and Simon) in top 10 individual players‘ ranking.

·         Major goal seems: try to score direct point or directly disturb opponents Complex 1 play.

 

Serve reception

·         Reception is often secure, but sometimes instable.

·         Jump serve by opponent: the arms of the service-passer move to the floor; when the ball is played, often 3-point-reception is used.

·         No players in Top 10 best receivers.

·         Three players in reception formation.

·         Backline floats and jump floats: Formation 3 (the field position of the third player makes it possible to become incorporated into serve reception, but in most cases he is preparing the attacking action. Both back and front row attack).

 

Set/Attack - Complex I and Complex II

·         Mostly jumping setting techniques: with takeoff and landing with both feet, sometimes running and take off by one foot. Always taking the ball as high as possible.

·         Variable distribution of the sets, mainly with short movement impulse (active wrist and finger actions).

·         Easy and quick steps from starting position to target. During the steps moving with front or with back in the direction of the net, depending of the situation. Pivot by right or left foot.

·         Adjustment by little steps from target to playing position.

·         A lot of backcourt attacks from both outside hitters and opposite. Outside hitters also execute backcourt attacks from pos 1.

·         Backcourt attack is hit second tempo, variation is in net position where it is played.

·         Quick attacking play in Complex I: quick sets to middle player. All attackers players are in last step of approach when the setter contacts the ball.

 

Block and Defense

·         Efficiency and organization of blocking.

·         Different step combinations and blocking positions adapted to the play situation.

·         Average level of cooperation and synchrony in movement of the blockers and diggers.

·         Good level of block performance: kill blocks and rebounds.

·         Fast, strong and skilled middle blockers, securing tactical tip balls as well. (2nd phase block action).

·         Simon best blocker of the tournament.