PUNE, India (Aug. 6, 2009) – Brazil defeated Cuba 25-22, 25-14, 25-22 on Thursday during the third and concluding day of Pool F second-round competition of the 2009 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship being played at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, India.
Prior to the start of the match, both teams had already earned spots in the semifinalists that start on Saturday. Brazil finished the pool with a 3-0 record, while Cuba dropped to 2-1 in the pool. The top two teams from Pool E and Pool F comprise the semifinals, while the bottom two teams will compete for classification positions 5-8 starting Saturday. The tournament concludes on Sunday.
Brazil distributed its scoring well with five players reaching at least eight points led by Franco Willian Cargnin Paese’s 12 points. Mauricio Silva chipped in 11 points, while Tiago Wesz and Renan Buiatti added nine points apiece.
Wilfredo Leon Venero produced a team-leading 11 points for Cuba, and Isbel Mesa Sandobal added nine points.
Brazil converted 43 of its 71 spikes into points and held a 7-5 block advantage. Both teams had two aces. Brazil benefited from 23 Cuban errors to its own 18.
Earlier today, Argentina qualified for the semifinals and the quartet of teams will be completed with the winner of tonight’s India versus Belgium match.
Cuba earned the first two-point cushion of the opening set at 5-3, but Brazil rushed back to take a 9-7 lead on a 6-2 scoring run. Brazil increased its advantage to 16-10 with seven of the next nine points to reach the second technical timeout. Cuba closed to within four at 21-17. Cuba stayed close and forced a Brazil timeout at 23-20. Out of the break, Cuba pulled to within two at 23-21. Brazil managed to trade points the rest of the set for a 25-22 victory. Silva scored a team-leading six points in the set, while Buiatti added four points. Cuba’s Leon Venero and Hernandez Ramos each totaled four points in the opening set.
Set two was nearly all Brazil from the start. It jumped to a 6-2 advantage and pushed the margin to 11-6. By the second technical timeout, Brazil led by seven at 16-9. Brazil finished with an 11-point, 25-14 victory. Cargnin Paese tallied four points for Brazil while it picked up 11 points through Cuba errors.
Brazil put up block at 2-0 in the third set to continue its momentum. Cuba took a 5-4 lead after a Brazil error. The lead swung back to Brazil at 6-5 and it increased it to 7-5 with a Cuban attack error. Santos picked up a block at the first technical timeout widening the margin to 8-5. Two Cuba attack errors built the gap to five at 11-6. Cuba inched to within three at 13-10 with two consecutive points. Brazil reached the second technical timeout with a 16-11 lead after a Cuba attack missed the mark. Cuba trimmed its hole to two points at 20-18. Brazil reached match-point at 24-21 by trading points and put the contest away at 25-22.