Havana, Cuba, Apr 26.- Cuba reached an easy 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-12) victory over Nicaragua at the start of the U-19 Boys´ Volleyball Pan Am Cup based in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, which awards the last two tickets to the age-group FIVB World Championship to be played in Tunisia from next August 21 to 30.
The Cuban side, which is already qualified to the universal contest thanks to its triumph in the NORCECA qualifiers held in Honduras, relied on powerful services and effective defense at the net, thus scoring 9 aces and 16 blocks.
Eduardo Hernandez was the Cuban leading scorer with 15 points, including five blocks and one ace, followed by Jose Gutierrez with 13 units, Victor Andreu (10) and Christian Thondike (8), while Steven Lozano (8) was Nicaragua's best man.
In the same group A, the DR beat 3-0 (25-10, 25-19, 25-17) Guatemala, while in Pool B, Chile defeated 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 26-24) Puerto Rico in a match with highlight to Chilean Vicente Ibarra, who managed to score 27 points.
Today´s program includes the matches Cuba-DR and Guatemala-Nicaragua in Group A, while Chile vs. Mexico will be the solo game of Pool B. (acn)