Playing at Amistad Hall of Santa Clara, the Santiago squad defeated Camaguey 3-1 (25-20, 24-26, 25-19, 25-20) to finish with a 4-0 record in the preliminary round.
Once again, Wilfredo Leon was a key for the victory with 14 points, followed by 11 of Alexander Gonzalez. The defeated side had brothers Yosdanys and Yosvani González with 19 and 17 points respectively.
The second spot to the next round went to Sancti Spiritus following a 3-1 (17-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-18).
Rolando Cepeda and Osmani Uriarte each finished with 16 points in leading the winning side which concluded with a 3-1 win-loss record. The teams of Santa Clara (2-2) and Granma (0-4) finished in the bottom half of the standings in the eastern zone.
In the western zone, at Multi-Purpose 19 de Noviembre Pavillion, Capitalinos and Cienfuegos closed out in the top two places to continue battling for the title.
Capitalinos did not lose a single set en route to a 4-0 win-loss mark while Cienfuegos had a 3-1 record. Pinar del Rio was third with 2-2 followed by Havana (1-3) and Matanzas (0-4).
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