The Cuban men’s volleyball team lost to Canada 2-3 in the semifinals and will discuss the bronze medal against the Dominican Republic today at the conclusion of the Continental Championship of North, Central America and the Caribbean (Norceca) at the Colosseum in Charleston, West Virginia, United States.
According to the website www.norceca.net, this Saturday the students of Jesús Cruz won the first set with 25:18, lost the second and third with 21:25 and 17:25, responded in the fourth with 26:24, but in the fifth and last game was beaten 15:12 after two hours and two minutes of play, with Stephen Timothy Mar standing out.
Mar was the game’s top scorer with 28 points, 25 on offense, two on block and one on serve, supported by his Northern teammate Arthur Szwarc (22/18-1-3).
For the Cubans: Jesús Herrera (18/14-2-2), Marlón Yant (16/14-2-0), Miguel Ángel López (13/9-1-3) and Javier Concepción (11/8-3- 0).
The official statistics of the challenge show better results for Canada in attack, 66 to 54 points and in serving (9-6), while the largest of the Antilles scored 10 goals less due to its own errors (20-30) and both teams did so in a draw in blocking (12-12).
Today’s opponent for bronze, the Dominicans, also failed in the other semifinal, but against the United States, who they defeated 3-0 (25:22, 25:12 and 25:14).
With these results, the American favorites will face the Canadians in the title discussion in an expected duel of unbeaten teams.
In the other game this Saturday, Mexico defeated Puerto Rico in the battle for fifth place 3-1 (25:22, 27:29, 25:20 and 25:20), so the Puerto Ricans will play with Suriname for sixth place today become.
The seven teams participating in the Norceca Continental Championship will receive points toward the world rankings, a list that determines those who qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.