FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix

TEAM COMPOSITION


 CUB / Cuba

 
Team manager Lorenzo Martinez Cordero
Coach Juan Carlos Gala Rodriguez
Assistant coach Wilfredo Robinson Pupo
Doctor Ramses Raymond Yañez
Physiotherapist Tarik Valdes Torrens
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Mercedes Alvarez Fernandez Alvarez 15.05.1996 187 79 315 300 S.Cuba
  2   Regla Rainierys Gracia Gonzalez Gracia 28.05.1993 177 67 301 282 Camaguey
  3 Alena Rojas Orta Orta 09.08.1992 186 76 320 305 Habana
  4   Melissa Teresa Vargas Abreu Vargas 16.10.1999 184 78 244 242 Cienfuegos
  5 Yamila Hernandez Santas Santas 08.11.1992 182 69 301 285 La Habana
  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
  8   Sonia Beatriz Romero Espinosa Romero 02.08.1997 183 70 301 288 La Habana
  9 Dayessi Luis Ruiz Luis 23.10.1996 170 60 288 248 Camaguey
  L 10   Emily Borrell Cruz Borrell 19.02.1992 167 55 270 260 Villa Clara
  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   Yelennis Diaz Cairo Diaz 14.10.1995 189 71 300 298 Villa Clara
  17 Heidy Casanova Alvarez Casanova 06.11.1998 184 78 244 240 La Habana
  C 18   Sulian Caridad Matienzo Linares Matienzo 14.12.1994 178 75 232 230 La Habana
  19 Jennifer Yanet Alvarez Hernandez Alvarez 19.11.1993 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

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.

Coach profile

Following his appointment as coach, Juan Carlos Gala led Cuba’s return to the World Grand Prix stage in 2011 after a two-year absence. Gala is putting his faith in youth as he attempts to restore the team to its traditional status as one of volleyball’s great powerhouses amid a talent drain which has seen many of the country’s best players abandon the national team over recent years to pursue offers of lucrative contracts overseas.

He guided the side to the silver medal at the 2011 Pan American Games and bronze in the following year’s Olympic qualification tournament. Before taking on his present role, he coached the men’s Under-21 side to silver at the 2009 Junior World Championship.