Puerto Rico beat Cuba in a dramatic match
Cuba started in full power and tried to use the skills of the spikers specially Osmel Camejo and Rolando Cepeda to lead widely 8-3 and 16-10. Cuba again stayed the dominant team by the net to win the set 25-17 with good determination.
Puerto Rico improved their block through Edgardo Gonzalez and Sequiel Sanchez to lead short difference with the powerful Cubans that led 11-8 using their big guns Armando Danger and Wilfredo Leon in the attack. Puerto Rico coach Carlos Rodriguez changed some players to enhance the attacks, but Cuba was focused to win the set 25-20.
Cuba started the third set in this all Norceca match aiming to go through a straight sets victory, but Puerto Rico was the team who reached first the technical time out 8-4 and 16-13 using the high performance of the opposite player Emanuel Batista. Cuba tried to catch the match by improving their backline defense with libero Sandy Andrade, but Puerto Rico again dealt with the solid opponent block by placing the ball behind to have the lead 26-24.
Puerto Rico came back on time in the fourth set when they improved their defense and used the powerful services of Ulises Maldonado to lead 16-10. Thereafter, the set went easily for the Norceca Champions till they won 25-19 and forced a tie-break.
In the fifth and decisive set Puerto Rico pushed hard to lead 8-5 and 11-6. Cubans were not focused in the game and the opponent was better in the defense with libero Dennis Del Valle was a solid piece on the court. Puerto Rico won 15-13.