12. 05. 2019

Cuba sweep all rivals to claim their first U21 Men’s Pan American Cup

Source: norceca.net; Photo: norceca.net

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Cuba national beat Canada with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 29-27) in 1 hour 37 minutes at the Manuel Bonilla Coliseum in Lima, Peru, to claim their first gold medal in four editions of the U21 Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup.


 

Cuba national team was very dominant in the tournament, not losing a single set including all stages. They finished on the top of Pool A, sweeping Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the USA. They booked an automatic ticket for the semifinals in which they defeated Chile.

The opposite hitter José Romero top-scored for Cuba in the gold medal match with 14 points and was named MVP of the 2019 Pan American Cup. Xander Ketrzynski was the leading scorer for Canada, who made too many unforced errors in the final (30), with 18 points.

Puerto Rico won the bronze medal after defeating Chile in straight sets, partially 25-21, 25-17, 25-16.

Individual Awards

MVP: José Romero, CUB

Setter: Julio Gómez, CUB

1st Outside Hitter: Julio Cardenas, CUB

2nd Outside Hitter: José Gutierrez, CUB

1st Middle Blocker: Leiner Aponza, COL

2nd Middle Blocker: Luis López, COL

Opposite Hitter: Xander Ketrzynski, CAN

Libero: Garland Peed, USA

Best Receiver: Ryan Wilcox, USA

Best Digger: Landon Currie, CAN

Best Server: Xander Ketrzynski, CAN

Best Scorer: Brett Wildman, USA

 

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