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Cuba Fires Past Greece

Cuba's Fernando Hernandez Ramos takes a swing versus the Greece defense

PUNE, India (Aug. 1, 2009) – Cuba earned its first victory in the FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship Pool C with a 25-17, 25-22, 25-17 win over Greece on Saturday at Pune, India.

Cuba evens its record at 1-1 and remains in the hunt to earn a spot in the top eight, second-round classifications. Greece falls to 0-2 in the pool.

Fernando Hernandez Ramos sparked Cuba with 14 points, while Isbel Mesa Sandobal added 12 points. Cuba Wilfredo Leon Venero chipped in 11 points in the victory.

Greece captain Mitar Tzourits led his squad with 13 points, while Ioannis Roumeliotakis chipped in six points in the loss.

Cuba out-blocked Greece 10-5 and held a 5-3 advantage in aces. In addition, Cuba held its errors to only 14 in the match and took advantage of 22 mistakes by Greece.

Cuba concludes Pool C on Aug. 2 against France at 12:00, while Greece faces Argentina at 16:00. The top two teams from each first-round pool advances to second round 1-8 classification matches to be held Aug. 4-6. The bottom two teams in each first-round pool falls to the second round 9-16 classification matches.

Cuba sprang to an 8-3 lead by the first technical timeout of the opening set, then extended the margin to six points at 20-14. Cuba went on to capture a 25-17 victory. Fernando Hernandez Ramos turned in seven points in the opening set.

Like the first set, Cuba started with an 8-3 advantage by the second set’s first technical timeout. Greece came back to cut the deficit to 10-7. Greece continued its comeback by moving to within two at 18-16. Cuba maintained control the rest of the set for a 25-20 victory. Wilfredo Leon Venero tallied five points in the set for Cuba, while Greece committed 11 errors in the set.

Cuba held leads of 12-6 and 15-7 in the third set. Greece roared back with a 6-1 run bringing it to within three points at 16-13. Cuba responded with four of the next five points to take a 20-14 lead and eased to a 25-17 victory.

  

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