Beijing, China, August 19, 2008 - Cuba have moved into the semifinals of the Women's Volleyball after beating Serbia in straight-sets (26-24, 25-19, 26-24) at the Capital Gymnasium on Tuesday.
The first set began with Serbia's Jelena Nikolic and Rosir Calderon as the big hitters as the lead switched from one side to the other. While Cuba had clear attacking advantages, their reception and ball handling errors meant they failed to build a lead and the score was even at 24-24. However, a debatable net-violation by Serbia ended the first set 26-24 in Cuba's favour.
As the match continued, Cuba strengthened their blocking and dominated at the net while Serbia failed to raise their game and make the necessary attacking adjustments. Nancy Carrillo's hit on target led Cuba to the second set.
Cuba carried on their winning momentum and dominated at the net early in the third set. Serbia though closed the scoring gap using lighter tip-off and touch-out spikes to avoid Cuba's blocking. A triple-block from Ivana Djerisilo, Maja Ognjenovic and Vesna Citakovic then saw Serbia edge ahead by two points.
Finally Carrillo's blocking won the third set and match for the Cubans 26-24 who will now play either Italy or USA in the semi-finals on Thursday, August 21.