FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix

TEAM COMPOSITION


 CUB / Cuba

 
Team manager Eugenio George Lafita
Coach Juan Carlos Gala Rodriguez
Assistant coach Regla Radameris Torres Herrera
2nd assistant coach Wilfredo Robinson Pupo
Doctor
Physiotherapist Tarik Valdes Torrens
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Melissa Teresa Vargas Abreu Vargas 16.10.1999 184 78 244 242 Cienfuegos
  2   Lilianny Marsillan Aguero Marsillan 05.10.1991 181 65 300 295 Cienfuegos
  3 Alena Rojas Orta Orta 09.08.1992 186 76 320 305 Habana
  4   Yoana Palacio Mendoza Palacio 06.10.1990 184 67 313 300 La Habana
  5 Heidy Casanova Alvarez Casanova 06.11.1998 184 78 244 240 La Habana
  C 6   Daymara Lescay Cajigal Lescay 05.09.1992 184 72 308 290 Guantanamo
  7 Claudia Hernandez Aguila Hernandez 09.01.1997 181 78 225 223 La Habana
  L 8   Emily Borrell Cruz Borrell 19.02.1992 167 55 270 260 Villa Clara
  9 Dayessi Luis Ruiz Luis 23.10.1996 170 60 288 248 Camaguey
  10   Ana Yilian Cleger Abel Cleger 27.11.1989 183 69 300 285 Santiago de Cuba
  11 Gretell Elena Moreno Borrero Moreno 30.01.1998 183 68 287 280 Granma
  12   Dairilys Margarita Cruz Perez Cruz 12.09.1990 183 65 310 305 Villa Clara
  13 Rosanna Giel Ramos Giel 10.06.1992 187 62 320 315 Ciego de Avila
  14   Dayami Sanchez Savon Sanchez 14.03.1994 188 64 314 302 Ciudad Habana
  15 Beatriz Vilches Santana Vilches 29.01.1995 182 68 288 277 Cienfuegos
  16   Anet Barbara Alfonso Benitez Alfonso 26.06.1996 172 54 225 222 Camaguey
  17 Yelennis Diaz Cairo Diaz 14.10.1995 189 71 300 298 Villa Clara
  18   Sulian Caridad Matienzo Linares Matienzo 14.12.1994 178 75 232 230 La Habana
  19 Jennifer Yanet Alvarez Hernandez Alvarez 29.11.1993 184 72 310 294 Cienfuegos
  20   Heidy Margarita Rodriguez Lopez Rodriguez 24.06.1993 187 66 312 308 Villa Clara
 C = Captain   L = Libero
 
Team profile

Historically Cuba is one of the most successful countries in women’s volleyball, sitting third-equal on the all-time World Grand Prix medals list behind Brazil and USA and tied with China.

Cuba has participated in 18 out of the 20 editions of the World Grand Prix winning two gold medals (1993, 2000), four silver medals (1994, 1996, 1997, 2008) and two bronze medals (1995, 1998).

The national team also won gold at the 1994 and 1998 World Championships and secured Olympic Games titles in 1992, 1996 and 2000. At the World Championships in 2002 and 2006, Cuba finished fifth and seventh. A 12th-place finish at the 2010 and absence from the 2012 Olympics illustrated the difficulty Cuba was having trying to replicate their glory days with a younger squad however their World Grand Prix performance last year, where they reached the Finals for the first time since 2008 after being absent in 2009 and 2010, showed things are on the improve.

The 2013 squad, which completed the China International Women’s Volleyball Tournament in May without picking up a win against China, Thailand and Puerto Rico, is represented by a young and renewed national team, composed of well-known players like captain Yohana Palacios, central attacker, Rossana Giel; setter Ana William Cleger, and libero Emily Borrell although with Borrell the most capped with 50 matches and Cleger the oldest at 23, it proves Cuba still have plenty of work to do in terms of gaining experience.

However, with the likes of legendary coach Eugenio George Lafita as manager and three time Olympic champion Regla Torres as assistant coach alongside Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Cuba - now ranked 13th in the world - definitely have the necessary tools to get the job done.

 
Coach profile

Juan Carlos Gala Rodriguez became coach of the Cuba women’s national team in 2010, with his first event being the International Invitational Tournament in China.

Prior to this appointment, he had a successful run with the boys’ national team, taking them to second place in the 2009 World Junior Championship.

Gala Rodriguez has worked hard for the women’s national team to continue to stand out and not to be condemned to obscurity. Its return to the Grand Prix, after two years of absence, as well as its participation in the NORCECA tournaments, the Pan-Am Games, the Pan-Am Cups and other events in Russia, China, Peru and others, are an example of this.