Overview

Team profile

Cuba

Cuba’s results have fluctuated over the years as they struggle for consistency. In last year's FIVB Volleyball World League they only won three of their nine matches and finished bottom of their preliminary round pool. In 2014, they topped Pool F and then defeated Turkey in a five-set final to win Group 3. In the 2013 edition they finished 13th, just a year after they won bronze at the expense of Finals hosts Bulgaria.

Cuba showed their best form in the decade following their World League debut in 1991, when they finished second. In the following eight years they were never out of the top four and won the title in 1998 as well as finishing runners-up another four times. In recent years they have finished fourth twice, in 2009 and 2010, as well as third in 2012. It all gives them an enviable World League medal haul of one gold, five silvers and three bronzes. Only the elite trio of Brazil, Italy and Russia have more medals in the history of the competition. Cuba also won a bronze medal at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games, have two silver and two bronze World Championship medals and have won the NORCECA Championship 15 times. They have qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Coach

Rodolfo Luis Sanchez Sanchez

Rodolfo Luis Sanchez Sanchez

Rodolfo Luis Sanchez Sanchez coached Cuba's men's team to bronze at the 2013 NORCECA Championships in his first year in charge. In 2014, he oversaw Cuba's bronze medal finish at the Central American and Caribbean Games and led the team to victory in Group 3 of the World League. Sanchez, born in Pinar del Rio, played for Cuba at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. Before coaching his country's men's team, he led its national junior men's team. Their bronze medal at the 2011 Youth World Championships was the first podium finish for a Caribbean nation in the event's history. His wife Idalmis Gato played for Cuba's women's team, winning gold at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.

Staff

  • Team Manager Manuel De Jesus Espinosa Yanes
  • Assistant coach Pavel Noel Pimienta Allen
  • Second Assistant Coach Manuel De Jesus Espinosa Yanes
  • Doctor Antonio Jose Iznaga Dapresa
  • Physiotherapist Pedro Roche Ricard

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Canada
9 8 1 5 2 1 1 0 0 24 26 7 3.714 787 677 1.162
2
Turkey
9 8 1 4 1 3 0 1 0 21 25 10 2.500 813 756 1.075
3
Netherlands
9 6 3 1 4 1 2 0 1 19 22 15 1.466 839 768 1.092
4
Finland
9 6 3 1 3 2 2 0 1 18 22 16 1.375 858 826 1.038
5
Czech Republic
9 5 4 1 1 3 1 2 1 13 19 19 1.000 837 850 0.984
6
China
9 4 5 2 2 0 0 1 4 12 13 17 0.764 681 681 1.000
7
Egypt
9 4 5 1 1 2 1 1 3 11 15 20 0.750 781 816 0.957
8
Slovakia
9 3 6 0 2 1 2 2 2 10 15 22 0.681 788 843 0.934
9
Cuba
9 3 6 0 0 3 3 3 0 9 18 24 0.750 891 917 0.971
10
Korea
9 3 6 1 0 2 2 1 3 9 14 22 0.636 804 820 0.980
11
Japan
9 2 7 2 0 0 3 2 2 9 14 21 0.666 763 803 0.950
12
Portugal
9 2 7 1 0 1 2 3 2 7 13 23 0.565 758 843 0.899

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