Cuba rush toward the ninth gold medal in the Central American and Caribbean Games Men’s Volleyball with a 3-0 (25-21, 27-25, 25-21) win over Venezuela at the opening of the 23rd edition of the tournament which is held at Humberto Perea Coliseum in Barranquilla, Colombia. Osniel Melgarejo from the winning side topped all scorers with 17 points while Emerson Rodríguez and middle blocker Edson Valencia notched 10 points apiece for Venezuela.
In the same Pool A, Mexico downed reigning champions the Dominican Republic in straight sets as well, partially 26-24, 25-20, and 25-13, but only after recovering from a four-point deficit in a critical phase of the first set (19-15). Gonzalo Ruíz was the best scorer for Mexico with 11 points while José Cáceres made 13 points for the losers.
The hosts Colombia came back twice against Trinidad and Tobago in Pool B opener, establishing a blocking domination in key moments of the match (14-8 overall) and forcing rivals to commit far more unforced errors (34-21) – 3-2, partially 19-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-19, and 15-8. Colombia’s superstar Liberman Agámez recorded 22 points. Brandon Legall led Trinidad and Tobago with 18 points.
Puerto Rico scored a comfortable victory over Guatemala, 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-17) in which they served seven aces compared to none from their rivals and made nine blocks compared to only three from Guatemala.
To see complete results, stats, and standings, visit our Central American And Caribbean Games 2018 / Male / Seniors page.