There was a time when Cuba was feared on
the world stage and the team claimed a string of elite championships in the
1990s. Although those days have passed the Cubans are building for a bright new
future. They have twice won the World Grand Prix and claimed silver as recently
as 2008 but they finished in 13th place last year. This season's tournament
marks their 20th participation and they have collected a tally of eight medals.
|The last of their three World Championships came in 1998 while it is 14 years
since the team won their third straight gold medal on the Olympic stage. They
failed to qualify for the London 2012 Games.
However, the Cubans can boast of continuing
success at the Pan American Games where they have taken a medal each time the
competition has been staged since 1967. They last of their eight golds came in
2007 and they took silver in 2011. Kenia Carcaces is the star of the side. She
was named best outside hitter at the 2013 World Club Championship and best
outside spiker in this year’s tournament playing with Swiss team Volero Zurich.