ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, June 25, 2023.- Cuba rebound from falling in the first set to take down Bulgaria in five sets 3-2 (23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 16-25, 18-16) in their last match of week 2 at the Volleyball Nations League on Sunday in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The victory over Bulgaria gives Cuba a breath of fresh air to enter the third week of VNL where they will travel to Anaheim where they will play against host United States, Serbia, Germany, and Iran. Cuba has a 2-6 record and eight points, in position 12.
Scoring 27 points, Cuban opposite Jesus Herrera was the top scorer in the match, with 21 kills and a match-high of six aces. Two other Cuban players finished with double digits, Miguel Angel Lopez with 19 points (17 kills, one block, one ace) and Osniel Mergarejo with 12 points (ten kills and two blocks).
Nikolov Aleksander was Bulgaria’s top scorer with 23 points.
Cuba was more productive in kills (62 to 54) and in serves (8 to 3) but committed more unforced errors than their opponents (35 to 29). Bulgaria led in blocks (13 to 8).