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Cuba debuts winning in Men´s Pan American Volleyball Cup

HAVANA, Cuba, Jun 17 (acn) Cuba earned its first win in its debut in the 14th Men´s Pan American Volleyball Cup, which runs until June 21st in Colima, Mexico, and they will face Canada today.

Cubans won a dramatic match over Argentina 3-2 (32-30, 25-20, 22-25, 17-25 and 15-13), according to the official website of the contest.
Argentinean Nicolas Bruno led all scorers with 23 points, while Cuba´s offensive was headed by wing spiker Marlon Yang and opposite hitter Miguel Angel Lopez, who scored 16 points each; wing spiker Osniel Mergarejo (12) and middle blockers Roamy Alonso and Javier Concepcion (11 apiece).
In the other game of this Pool A, Canada beat 3-0 (25-14, 25-19 and 25-16) Suriname; USA and Chile won 3-0 (25-10, 25- 17 and 25-18) and 3-1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-20 and 25-21)over Guatemala and the Dominican Republic, respectively, in Pool C; while Puerto Rico and Mexico defeated 3-2 (23-25, 24-26, 30-28, 25 -19 and 16-14) Peru and 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-22) Trinidad & Tobago, in Pool B.
Today´s program also includes the matches Suriname-Argentina (Group A), Trinidad & Tobago-Puerto Rico and Mexico-Peru (B), and DR-Guatemala and USA-Chile (C).
The main goal of the Cuban side is to continue training for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games to take place from July 26 to August 11, although this tournament is a qualifier for the 2022 Central American and Caribbean Games and the 2023 Pan American Games.
The medalists of the previous edition in 2018 were Argentina (gold), Brazil (silver) and Cuba (bronze).
The United States, with five gold and two silver, leads the historic medal table of the Men´s Pan American Volleyball Cups, followed by Brazil (3-1-0), Argentina (2-4-2), Cuba (2-0-3), Mexico (1-2-0), Canada (0-2-3), Puerto Rico (0-2-1), Dominican Republic (0-0-3) and Venezuela (0-0-1).

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