07. 07. 2019

CHALLENGER CUP M: Cuba and Slovenia face each other for spot in 2020 VNL

Source: challengercup.volleyball.world; Photo: challengercup.volleyball.world

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Cuba and the hosts Slovenia will play the final of the 2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Challenger Cup, in Ljubljana, whose winners will earn a promotion to the 2020 FIVB Nations League.

 

Cuba (3-0 overall) emerged victorious from a thrilling semifinal against Turkey (1-2) to secure a face-off with Slovenia in a do-or-die match, whose winners will have a guaranteed spot in the next year’s FIVB Nations League.

Steered by Jesús Herrera, who scored 27 points, Cuba beat Turkey in 5 sets, partially 22-25, 25-23, 25-22, 20-25, and 15-12. Adis Lagumdžija scored 22 points for Turkey, while Oğuzhan Karasu made 4 kill blocks and Burutay Subaşı served 4 aces.

 

After losing the first set, the hosts Slovenia (3-0) recovered and beat Belarus (1-2) in the other semifinal: 3-1 (21-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-18). Belarus was deprived of the help from their top-scorer in the tournament Radzivon Miskevich who sustained a knee injury in the last game of a pool stage against Cuba.

Tonček Štern was the main man for Slovenia today as he tallied 18 points. Jan Kozamernik set up 4 kill blocks. Pavel Kuklinski scored 21 points for Belarus.

2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Challenger Cup – semifinals:

Cuba – Turkey 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 25-22, 20-25, 15-12)

Slovenia – Belarus 3-1 (21-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-18)

Bronze medal match:

Turkey vs. Belarus (17:30 C.E.T.)

Final:

Cuba vs. Slovenia (20:30 C.E.T.)

 

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