THE CHOICE Cuban men’s volleyball today defeated the current world champion, Italy, in the pre-Olympic tournament based in Brazil. In this way, they maintain their chances of qualifying for Paris 2024.
The Antilleans won with scores of 25-22, 21-25, 27-2,5, and 29-27, in one of the most remarkable performances in recent years.
However, they still have a difficult match against Iran this Sunday, where they must win 3-0 or 3-1 and wait for the result of the match between the Italians and the Brazilians.
Effective attacks and blockades are the key to success in Cuba, as well as lethal reactions to overcome differences and prevail.
They completed 12 blocks to the Bambino’s nine and did little (28-34). The Europeans have better attack numbers (60-55) and points per service (2-1).
The Cuban team continues in fourth place with 12 points, thanks to four wins and two losses. Italy dropped to third place with the same figure.
The corner player Miguel Ángel López was the first, the top scorer of the game with 23 points, of those 22 shots and one ace.
His team also escorted him auxiliary attacker Marlon Yant with 17 (13-3-1) and opponent Miguel David Gutiérrez with 11 (8-3-0), who replaced the left hand that Jesús Herrera in the third set, according to the official website of the event site.
Another contributor to the important victory was center-back Javier Concepción, who had seven units thanks to five attacks and 2 “walls”. Herrera added just three shots and one block, passer Christian Thorndikee contributed three goals (2-1-0) and center backs José Massó and Roamy Alonso scored two and one. , respectively.
For the losers, Daniele Lavia 19 (19-0-0), Alessandro Michieletto 14 (12-2-0,) and Simone Giannelli 11 (9-2-0) achieved double figures.
On this Saturday, Brazil defeated Iran 3-0 sets (25-19, 25-20, 25-23) and collected 13 points (5-1) in second place, while its opponents showed 1- 5 which is almost three units.
The rest of this afternoon and evening are the matches of Ukraine (7/2-3) against the Czech Republic (4/1-4) and Germany (15/5-0) against Qatar (0/0-5).