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Women's Volleyball Olympic Games 2004

Match description

Cuba beat Brazil 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 14-25, 25-17) - duration 1:41
28-Aug, start time: 18:00, end time: 19:41 - Attendance: 4'200
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Cuba claim bronze
It marked the fourth-straight Olympic Volleyball medal for the Cubans, who had won the last three Summer Games' gold medals in Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney. The loss also denied Brazil its third-straight Olympic bronze medal.

It was a wonderful result for Cuba, who have been in a rebuilding phase since the 2000 Olympics, and this medal is an excellent sign of things to come for the world number five.

Led by Carrillo de la Paz (10 points) and Barros Fernandez (9), Cuba captured the first two sets by overcoming early Brazil leads. In the first set, Cuba trailed 8-6 and took the lead for good at 12-11 as Barros Fernandez had two points to tie the match and a Brazilian service fault gave the Caribbean island country the lead.

Brazil dominated the third set by breaking a 4-4 tie with a four-point run led by Virna Dias' two points on a spike and a block. After Cuba had narrowed the margin to 11-10, Ana Chagas, who had 16 points through the first three sets and 23 points overall to lead all scorers, fueled a seven-point Brazilian run with six points to give the South Americans a commanding 18-10 lead.

After Brazil had won the third set, Cuba roared to a 6-1 lead in the final set and also got key points at 11-6, 17-12 and 22-16. Liana Mesa Luaces scored the first three points of the set to start the Cubans on the way to their win. Mesa Luaces had 14 points in the match while Nancy Carrillo de la Paz (16 points) and Zoila Barros Fernandez (15) were Cuba's top scorers.

China, who defeated Cuba 25-22, 25-20, 17-25, 24-25 and 15-10 Thursday, play Russia for the Athens 2004 Olympic gold medal later Saturday. The Russians advanced to the semi-finals with a come-from-behind 18-25, 21-25, 25-22, 28-26 and 16-14 over Brazil.