Three other Cuban Volleyball players will play in Argentina

Three young Cuban Volleyball players, Julio Cesar Cardenas, Jose Carlos Romero and Javier Concepcion will play next season for the Argentinian team Obras de San Juan, and now the number of  Cuban Volleyball players signed by foreign clubs grows to 15.

``In the latest few hours, the Cuban Volleyball Federation confirmed the signing of three players that will reinforce the roster of the team (Obras de San Juan): Julio Cesar Cardenas, Jose Carlos Romero and Javier Concepcion´´. Published the specialized  website volleyplus.

In total, 15 Cuban players will play in foreign leagues this season, 10 men (8 in Argentina, 1 in Italy and 1 in France) and 5 women (2 in Russia and 3 in Peru).

  • Published in Sports


Lausanne, Switzerland, August 11, 2019 – Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification action was completed on Sunday with twelve matches played across six pools. The top team in each pool earned a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games including Brazil (Pool A), USA (Pool B), Italy (Pool C), Poland (Pool D), Russia (Pool E) and Argentina (Pool F).

Schedule, results and pool standings:

Pool A (Varna, Bulgaria)

Matches on Friday:

Brazil v Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-19)
Bulgaria v Egypt 3-1 (25-11, 33-31, 19-25, 25-19)
Matches on Saturday:
Brazil v Egypt 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-14)

Bulgaria v Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-12)
Matches on Sunday:
Egypt v Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-17, 31-29, 25-17)
Brazil v Bulgaria 3-2 (23-25, 19-25, 32-30, 25-16, 15-11)

Team qualified from Pool A: Brazil

Pool B (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Matches on Friday:
Netherlands v Korea 3-2 (23-25, 25-27, 26-24, 25-20, 15-12)

USA v Belgium 3-1 (25-20, 25-19, 17-25, 25-18)
Matches on Saturday:
Netherlands v Belgium 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-20)

USA v Korea 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-16)
Matches on Sunday:
USA v Netherlands 3-1 (25-18, 25-20, 17-25, 25-21)

Belgium v Korea 3-0 (27-25, 25-21, 26-24)

Team qualified from Pool B: USA

Pool C (Bari, Italy)

Matches on Friday:

Serbia v Australia 3-1 (26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 32-30)
Italy v Cameroon 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-16)
Matches on Saturday:
Serbia v Cameroon 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-13)

Italy v Australia 3-2 (21-25, 25-19, 24-26, 25-17, 15-13)
Matches on Sunday:
Australia v Cameroon 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-18)

Italy v Serbia 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-19)

Team qualified from Pool C: Italy

Pool D (Gdansk, Poland)

Matches on Friday:

Poland v Tunisia 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-19)
France v Slovenia 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-23)
Matches on Saturday:
Poland v France 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-20)

Slovenia v Tunisia 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 26-24)
Matches on Sunday:
France v Tunisia 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22)

Poland v Slovenia 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21)

Team qualified from Pool D: Poland

Pool E (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Matches on Friday:

Iran v Cuba 3-2 (23-25, 26-28, 25-17, 25-16, 15-10)
Russia v Mexico 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-17)
Matches on Saturday:
Iran v Mexico 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 27-25)

Russia v Cuba 3-0 (25-18, 26-24, 27-25)
Matches on Sunday:
Cuba v Mexico 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-22)

Russia v Iran 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-23)

Team qualified from Pool E: Russia

Pool F (Ningbo, China)

Matches on Friday:

China v Finland 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23)
Argentina v Canada 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 27-25, 25-23)
Matches on Saturday:
Argentina-Finland 3-1 (25-17, 25-18, 21-25, 26-24)

Canada v China 3-2 (24-26, 25-21, 25-17, 23-25, 17-15)
Matches on Sunday:

Canada v Finland 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-20)
Argentina v China 3-2 (19-25, 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 15-9)

Team qualified from Pool F: Argentina

  • Published in Sports

Nicolas Bruno of Argentina MVP at Lima 2019 Pan American Games

Argentinean captain Nicolas Bruno was named the Most Valuable Player MVP at the eighteenth Lima 2019 Pan American Games on Sunday at the Multisport Complex El Callao in Lima, Peru.

Argentina beat Cuba 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-20) on Sunday’s Gold medal match winning their second Pan Am Games Gold medal in a row and third overall title (1995, 2015) and Brazil won the bronze medal to Chile 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-21).

After receiving the MVP award, Nicolas Bruno said “this is a nice gesture, I am really excited for my team’s feat. If the team receives distinctions it’s nice, but it doesn’t compare with the joy of winning a championship”.

Dream Team

1st Best Outside Hitter Carlos Barreto (BRA)

2nd Best Outside Hitter Vicente Parraguirre (CHI)

1st Best Blocker Livan Osoria (CUB)

2nd Best Blocker Roamy Alonso (CUB)

Best Setter Matias Sanchez (ARG)

Best Libero Sebasitan Castillo (CHI)

Best Opposite Maurice Torres (PUR)

MVP Nicolas Bruno (ARG)

  • Published in Sports

Diaz-Canel Congratulates Cuban Volleyball Team on Win against Brazil

President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, congratulated the men's volleyball team for its victory against Brazil, which allowed it to pass to the Lima 2019 Pan American Games grand final to be played this Sunday.

The Cuban head of state said in a message on Twitter that the island's young team is promising a lot and making great progress.

'Congratulations for the win over Brazil,' the president wrote on his account @DiazCanelB, using the tags #SomosCuba and #SomosContinuidad. The Cuban team won the game 3-0 on Saturday at the Callao sports centre in Lima.

This Sunday the Cuban team will compete for the gold medal against Argentina, who beat Chile 3-1 in the semi-final.

  • Published in Sports

Cuba defeats Puerto Rico in first victory at Pan Am Games

Cuba defeated Puerto Rico 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 25-27, 25-20) in their first victory in pool A of the Lima 2019 Pan American Games on Thursday at the Multisport Complex El Callao of Lima, Peru.

Puerto Rico’s rebound in the third set came from hard blocking and a good offense strategy, but still they came off short to remain with undefeated record in pool A. Cuba on the other hand, keeps their hopes of moving into semifinals with only one match left of the preliminary round.

Cuba and Puerto Rico with the same win-loss record (1-1) badly need to win their last preliminary match, with Cuba facing host Peru (0-2) and Puerto Rico playing against unbeaten Argentina (2-0) with one foot in the next round.

Cuba’s towering blockers stopped Puerto Rico’s offense with a huge 17-8 margin. Cuba finished with a slim 3-2 margin in aces and allowed 26 points on errors, while Puerto Rico held a slim 48-47 margin in attacks, committing 33 unforced errors.

Outside hitter Osniel Mergarejo scored 14 points on 12 kills and 2 aces as Cuba’s top scorer; joined by Miguel Angel López also with 14 points on 13 kills and one block; and Yohan León added 13 points. Puerto Rico’s offense was led by Pablo Guzman with 14 points of 31 attacks; Sequiel Sánchez scored 13 points on 11 kills and 2 blocks, while Jonathan Rodríguez tallied 10 points.


Osniel Mergarejo, top scorer of Cuba: “We want to thank all our supporters here. Unfortunately after yesterday’s loss and our bad performance, today we needed to come out to win and not be left out of the competition”.

Nicolás Vives, Head coach of Cuba: “Our victory is what’s important today. Puerto Rico is a good opponent. Despite losing to Argentina yesterday, I feel we played well and they knew how to finish on top”.

Oswald Antonetti, Head coach of Puerto Rico: “Physically Cuba was always in the game; it’s really hard facing them when they have confident offensively and in serves. We showed some character in the third set, but there is a lot to improve for tomorrow’s match”.

  • Published in Sports

Argentina sweeps Cuba in first victory at Lima 2019

Argentina swept Cuba 3-0 (28-26, 25-22, 25-22) in their first victory at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games on opening day at the Multisport Complex El Callao.

Despite Cuba’s solid 10-5 blocking advantage, Argentina subdued Cuba’s hitters in pool A as the party of points in the first set was intense. Both teams scored 47 points on attacks and Argentina scored on 25 points on opponent errors while limiting their own to 13.

Outside hitter Nicolás Bruno led Argentina with 14 points on 13 kills and one block, followed by middle blocker Gaston Fernandez and outside hitter Lisandro Zanotti with 9 points each. Cuba used a balanced attacking offense between outside hitters Marlon Yant (15 pts.), Miguel Lopez (14 pts.) and Osniel Mergarejo (11 pts.).

Argentina (1-0) will face host Peru (0-1) on day two of the Pan American Games, and Cuba (0-1) will play against Puerto Rico (1-0).


Nicolás Bruno, captain of Argentina: “The game was intense, both of us played at their highest level, it was interesting and we were stubborn in keeping our level to win in three sets. Yes there were errors, normal at the beginning of a tournament. This is a short event, so can’t miss anything”.

Horacio Dileo, Head coach of Argentina: “We needed to be tactical against them (Cuba) because they are stronger and better attackers. I believe it was a splendid tactical performance on our side, not easy to do against Cuba that has a high-leveled attack, we served well and our defense was strong as well, we have to correct in counterattacking”.

Marlon Yant, top scorer of Cuba: “We lacked some technical things that need to be corrected as the tournament develops and I believe we can improve. This is only one loss, our goal is set on winning a medal and tomorrow we will go out to look for the victory”.

  • Published in Sports

Cuba moves into Men’s Pan Am Cup title match

Cuba moved into the fourteenth Men’s Pan American Cup title match sweeping Chile 3-0 (25-20, 31-29, 25-20) in semifinals on Thursday night at the Multifunctional Auditorium of Colima, Mexico.

Cuba will play their third title match in the history of the event, winning in both occasions (2014, 2016) while prevailing to a resistant Chilean team who will battle for their first ever bronze. Cuba waits for the winner in the other semifinal match between defending champion Argentina and host Mexico.

Cuba led in sets one and three, but struck harder in the second set for an overtime finish (31-29) in a blocking battle with Chile missing five dramatic set points.

Cuba led with a huge 13-6 blocking advantage and Chile with a slim 2-1 margin in aces. Both teams scored 40 points on attacks and Cuba committed fewer (21-27) errors.

Outisde hitters Osniel Mergarejo and Miguel Angel Lopez topped Cuba’s attacking offense with 14 and 13 points accordingly, all in kills. Vicente Parraguirre with 12 points, Dusan Bonacic with 11 and Tomas Parraguirre with 10 points led Chile’s score sheet.


Roamy Alonso, top blocker Cuba: “We are all very happy with the victory, hard to explain, our team is young and developing. Things got out of hand in the second set, Chile is a tough opponent so we pushed harder and united as a team. We will play the final with all our energy and give a great spectacle”.

Nicolás Vives, coach Cuba: “We are both young teams, we both played well and what’s most important is that we came on top. My guys’ desire to win makes them commit errors that only improve while playing. With this young team we’ve never played for gold, only bronze”.

Daniel Nejamkin, coach Chile: “I congratulate Cuba, they are better than us. We played well the first set up to point 16, in the second we did really well and had several opportunities to close, and the second we performed well up to point 20. We must improve if we want to keep playing at this international level and be more effective”.

64683042 10211938693821190 1052595393604354048 n

  • Published in Sports

Twelve teams to compete at Men’s Pan Am Cup in Mexico

The XIII Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup will be held in the city of Cordova, State of Veracruz, Mexico from August 28 to September 2 with the participation of twelve countries.

Chile, Cuba, Guatemala and host Mexico will compete in Pool A, while Brazil, Dominican Republic, Canada and Colombia will play in Pool B and United States, Argentina, Peru and Puerto Rico are the teams in Pool C.

Argentina is the defending champions after winning two of its overall four silver medals in the previous editions.

The top five teams at the end of the XIII Cup, regardless its confederation, will be granted tickets to the 2019 Pan American Games to be held in Lima, Peru.

Six daily matches will be played at Cordova Arena, a modern facility built for the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games that has two additional warm-up or training courts. The actions are set to begin at 11:00 a.m. (local time).

The top two ranked pool winner will advance directly to the semifinal round while the lowest ranked pool winner will join the second placed teams in the quarterfinals.

The United States are the winningest country for the competition with five crowns followed by Brazil with three. Cuba has won it twice while Mexico and Argentina has one title in their bags.

Mexico and the Dominican Republic have taken part in all the 12 editions of the event followed by Canada and United States with 11.

The members of the control committee will arrive on August 25 while referees and teams will do it on August 26. All delegations, control committee and referees will leave on September 3.

The year-by-year medalists is as follows:

Year    Gold    Silver  Bronze

2006     USA      MEX      CAN

2007     MEX      PUR      CUB

2008     USA      CAN      DOM

2009     USA      CAN      DOM

2010     USA      ARG      PUR

2011     BRA      USA      CAN

2012     USA      ARG      DOM

2013     BRA      MEX      ARG

2014     CUB      USA      ARG

2015     BRA      ARG      VEN

2016     CUB      ARG      CAN

2017     ARG      PUR      CUB

The calendar of matches for the preliminary phase is as follows:

August 28

11:00    United States v Peru

13:00    Chile v Cuba

15:00    Brazil v Dominican Republic

17: 00   Canada v Colombia

19:00    Argentina v Puerto Rico

21:00    Mexico v Guatemala

August 29

11:00    Cuba v Guatemala

13:00    Colombia v Brazil

15:00    Peru v Argentina

17: 00   Dominican Republic v Canada

19:00    Puerto Rico v United States

21:00    Mexico v Chile

August 30

11:00    Peru v Puerto Rico

13:00    Guatemala v Chile

15:00    Colombia v Dominican Republic

17: 00   Brazil v Canada

19:00    United States v Argentina

21:00    Mexico v Cuba

  • Published in Sports
Subscribe to this RSS feed