Verona, Italy, September 26 - Day two of the FIVB 2010 Men’s World Championship in Verona began with a young Cuban side beating Tunisia 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-15) in front of 5,530 spectators in 62 minutes at the PalaOlimpia.
The opening exchanges saw the teams trade points despite several Tunisian serving faults, and at the first technical time out (TTO) Cuba led 8-6. Two points from Kaabi then levelled matters at 10-10 before Wilfredo Leon’s ace and Cuba’s block gave the Caribbean team the chance to break away to lead 16-12 at the second TTO. Kaabi’s attacks kept the North African team in it at 14-18 but Leon stretched Cuba’s lead to 20-15 before they finally ran out 25-18 winners of the opening set.
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The second set started with a serving fault from Roberto Osmany Camejo, followed by two more from Joandy Hidalgo Leal and Robertlandy Aties Simon. Tunisia stayed on terms at 4-4 but Cuba upped the ante and at the first TTO they led 8-4 thanks to Raydel Hierrezuelo’s ace. Good diagonal spiking from Allah Amen Hmissi gave Tunisia hope at 7-12, but Cuba combined perfect defence with a massive block which stopped several Tunisian front-line attacks. The second TTO at 16-7 seemed to confirm Cuba’s superiority, but a spectacular Tunisian assault was then followed by a Cuban offensive mistake to bring the score back to 17-12 to Cuba. However that was the end of the Tunisian resistance in the second set as Cuba’s fast spikes held sway.
The third set was highlighted by Rolando Abreu Cepada’s points. Driven on by Leon, Cuba led 5-2 despite stout Tunisian defending aided and abetted by offensive errors from Cuba who were guilty of forcing their shots. At the first TTO Cuba led 8-4 and by the second they had moved out to 16-10. Tunisia were still defending well but Cuba’s attack was more precise and they won the set 25-15 to take the match.