World League 2005 News

Garcia aiming for improvement for his Cuba side

Havana, Cuba, May 5, 2005 – Cuba coach Roberto Garcia is quietly confident of improving on his side’s 2004 World League seventh-place finish ahead of this year’s edition which starts on May 27.

Garcia unveiled his 12-strong line up on Thursday from the group of 18 previously named with veteran middle blocker Pavel Pimienta leading the way along with Yasser Portuondo, Osmany Juantorena, Henry Bell, Odelvis Dominico and setter Javier Gonzalez.

Pic: Henry Bell, watched by coach Roberto Garcia, makes a superb save during last year's World League Intercontinental Round

Completing the squad are Raydel Poey, Raidel Corrales, Dariel Garcia, Sirianis Mendez, Yoandry Diaz and Roberlandi Simon.

Talking about the preparation of the team, Garcia said that the days spent in Russia were very helpful, because in addition to training they played four matches against two Russian clubs and two against the Belarus team.

The team will travel to Argentina on Monday where they will play four times against the Argentinean national team before heading to Greece with game time the primary objective before their trip to Varna, where they start their World League campaign against Bulgaria.
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