Overview

Team profile

Cuba

Cuba have a frustrating record, with results fluctuating over the years as they struggle for consistency. In last year's World League 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 hosts Bulgaria. This time around in Group 2 they have tests against Argentina, Bulgaria and a Canadian side that impressed when taking joint-seventh place in last year's World Championship, a competition in which Cuba finished joint-11th.


Cuba showed their best and most reliable 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.

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 Omelio Jesus Castillo Perez
  • Assistant coach Víctor Andres García Campos
  • Second Assistant Coach Yosvany Muñoz Perez
  • Doctor Antonio Jose Iznaga Dapresa
  • Physiotherapist Arvelio Recio Hernandez

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
Bulgaria
12 8 4 2 3 3 0 3 1 21 27 21 1.285 1067 1074 0.993
2
Argentina
12 7 5 3 2 2 2 1 2 21 26 21 1.238 1068 980 1.089
3
Canada
12 6 6 3 3 0 5 1 0 23 29 21 1.380 1097 1074 1.021
4
Cuba
12 3 9 0 1 2 0 4 5 7 13 32 0.406 944 1048 0.900

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