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Cuba blank Japan to stay unbeaten

Cuba's Yumilka Ruiz attacks against Japan
Beijing, China, August 15, 2008 - Cuba overpower Japan in straight sets (25-17, 25-22, 25-22) at Capital Gymnasium on Friday.

Cuba commanded the first set led by Rosir CALDERON who hit seven kills out of her nine attempts. Yumilka RUIZ and Nancy CARRILLO also helped in the scoring.

CARRILLO made an unusual save and returned the ball to the Japanese side which led to a Cuban set point. Erika ARAKI (JPN) committed an attack error that wrapped up set one 25-17.

The second set was closer as Japan's Kimura SAORI contributed to the attack.

But CARRILLO burnt down the Japanese floor with her spikes. The Cuban hitters had an arsenal of spikes to the middle, corner and the front row of the Japanese side and CARRILLO hit an ace to finish the set 25-22.

Japan did not give up on the third set, using ARAKI's high attack efficiency in the middle. She also tightened her block to spark something for Japan.

The latter part of the set saw an exchange of strong spikes from both sides before RUIZ finally gave set point to Cuba and Yanelis SANTOS hit another spike to win the third set 25-22.

Cuba remain undefeated in Pool A.