FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011


 CUB / Cuba - Team Composition

Team manager Pavel Pimienta Allen
Head coach Orlando Samuells Blackwood
Assistant coach Idalberto Valdes Pedro
Doctor Julio Miñoso Molina
Therapist / trainer Joan Cantero Alado
Journalist Carlos Alberto Gonzalez
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
  C 1 Wilfredo Leon Venero Leon 31.07.1993 202 96 350 346
  2   Lian Sem Estrada Jova Estrada 12.12.1982 196 83 339 335
  4 Yassel Perdomo Naranjo Perdomo 23.03.1993 201 96 355 325
  L 6   Keibel Gutierrez Torna Gutierrez 06.05.1987 178 80 305 295
  7 Yordan Bisset Astengo Bisset 21.10.1994 200 98 360 330
  8   Rolando Cepeda Abreu Cepeda 13.03.1989 198 77 359 344
  12 Yenry Bell Cisnero Bell 27.07.1981 188 84 358 328
  13   David Fiel Rodriguez Fiel 28.08.1993 205 98 374 369
  14 Raydel Hierrezuelo Aguirre Hierrezuelo 14.07.1987 196 87 340 335
  16   Isbel Mesa Sandobal Mesa 02.06.1989 204 89 358 331
  18 Yosmany Díaz Carmenate Diaz 08.01.1988 196 89 358 328
  19   Fernando Hernandez Ramos Hernandez 11.09.1989 196 78 358 339
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Cuba made their debut in the second edition of the FIVB World Cup in 1969, which was held in the former German Democratic Republic. Since then the Central Americans have taken part in six World Cups, in which they boast an impressive record of one gold medal, three silvers and a bronze. 

Cuba missed the last two FIVB World Cups, which means the current generation of volleyball players has almost no experience at the tournament however this new bunch of “young guns” led by the inspirational Wilfredo Leon won’t be overawed by the occasion. They have proven in recent years to be up to the task having finished fourth in the FIVB World League on two occasions, been runners-up at the FIVB World Championship (in 2010) and ascended to the throne at the 2011 NORCECA Championship, which earned them a place in this year’s FIVB World Cup.

With such great natural talent and a highly valued technical staff, there’s no doubting that the glory days of the 90s won’t be far away again. Youth is on their side and with such an astute coach in Orlando Samuels at the helm, the combination is exciting to say the least and the future is bright, especially when you consider that many of the current squad featured in the team which won silver at the FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship in 2009.
Coach profile

One of the most successful coaches in the world will again take the helm of Cuba at this year’s FIVB World Cup. He has already experienced success at this tournament in 1989 while more recently he led a young side to silver at the FIVB World Championship 2010. Experience, a deep strategic knowledge, top-level analysis and complete dedication summarize Samuels’ career which spans more than 20 years for Cuba. Not one to remonstrate during a match, his wise words and deft touch are the mark of a true professor at the peak of his power.