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Cuba to face Egypt in Volleyball Men´s Challenger Cup

Cuba to face Egypt in Volleyball Men´s Challenger CupHAVANA, Cuba, Jul 5 (acn) Cuba will face Egypt today in the closing day of the preliminary round of the 2nd edition of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men´s Challenger Cup, running until next Sunday in the Slovak city of Ljubljana attended by six countries.

According to the website of the contest, in match for Pool B, Cubans beat yesterday 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-21 and 25-20) Belarusians, who had defeated Egypt 3-2 (21-25, 25-16, 20-25, 26-24 and 15-9) on Wednesday.
Wing spikers Marlon Yang (18) and Jesus Herrera (17), opposite hitter Miguel Ángel Lopez (17) and center Raomy Alonso (10) were Cuba´s leading scorers in the game against Belarus.
Meanwhile, the local side heads Pool A after winning 3-0 (25-15, 25-15 and 25-19) over Chileans, who also lost 0-3 (13-25, 22-25 and 22-25) to Turkey; so Slovenians and Turkish will define the leadership of this group today.
The best two teams of each Pool will advance to semifinals on Saturday 6, and next day will be the final, which will grant a solo ticket to the 2020 Nations League.
In the first edition of the FIVB Volleyball Men´s Challenger Cup, based in Matosinhos, Portugal, in 2018, Cuba finished fourth, losing 0-3 in the bronze medal match to Estonia.
The gold and silver medals were for Portugal and the Czech Republic, respectively, while Kazakhstan and Chile ranked fifth and sixth, in that order.

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