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Cuba and Dominican Republic open with victories in Pool P

Cuba's Rolando Cepeda led the scoring in the victory of Cuba over Barbados won Wednesday at Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum on Wednesday night
Havana, Cuba, May 21, 2014 – Cuba and Dominican Republic opened with victories over Barbados and Suriname, respectively, in the NORCECA Men’s World Championship Qualification Tournament Pool P on Wednesday at Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum.

Cuba debuted with a victory over Barbados in straight sets (25-18, 25-19, 25-14) following the win of Dominican Republic in consecutive frames (25-15, 25-19, 25-21).

Left-hander Rolando Cepeda was the top scorer for Cuba with 15 points, followed by the middle blocker Isbel Mesa with 13.

In a match that lasted only 64 minutes, Cuban coach Rodolfo Sánchez used all his players he said “were very tense at the beginning because seven of them do not have any experience but  I do they will show what they can do”. 

“Winning always makes you happy and I liked my team’s attitude. However, you usually want more as we have trained hard. I am confident they will play better tomorrow,” Sanchez said. 

The Dominicans trailed at the two technical time outs of the third set but rallied back to claim the win in straight sets.

José Caceres was the main scoring weapon for the Dominicans with 16 points, followed by Elvis Contreras and German Recio with 10 points apiece. Roberto Jovan and Keven Sporksledge each had seven points for Suriname.

Dominican Republic’s captain Wilfrido Hernandez admitted they didn’t play up to their normal level because they are starting to click now. 

“In the third ser we were over confident and dropped our game, but we have more than we showed today,” Hernández said.

Dominican Republic’s coach Jose Ángel Cutiño, said: “We have not reached the sync but I can see more unity in the last few days but we are ways to go.”


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