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Brazil storm back to beat Cuba

Fabiana Claudino was one of the main contributors to Brazil's victory over Cuba which improved their win-loss record to 5-0

Nagoya, Japan, November 7, 2010 – Top-ranked Brazil came from behind to beat Cuba in four sets (23-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-18) on the second day of second-round Pool F play at Nippon Gaishi Hall on Sunday.

Brazil retained their perfect record in the 2010 FIVB Women's Volleyball World Championship with this fifth straight victory, while Cuba lost for the second night running to go to 1-4. The Olympic champions outblocked their opponents 15-8 and had a 7-6 edge in the service winners category.

José Roberto Guimarães's team were supported by a raucous Nagoya crowd that gave the contest the feeling of a home game for the South Americans. Many Brazilians and Japanese-Brazilians live in Aichi prefecture and neighbouring Shizuoka and they were out in force here.

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Sheilla Castro and Fabiana Claudino were the primary forces in Brazil's win, registering 17 and 15 points respectively. Thaisa Menezes (14), Jaqueline Carvalho (13) and Natalia Pereira (12) also finished in double figures, while Kenia Carcaces headed the Cuban challenge with a match-high 19 points.

Cuba started with conviction and held a 16-12 lead at the Second Technical Timeout (STT) of the first set. Brazil came on strong as the contest wore on, trailing 24-23 before Cuba clinched the set on a spike by Carcaces.

Brazil battled back and gained a 22-18 advantage in the second set on a nice option play spike from Fabiana. It was the cue for the South American side to put the set away 25-20 on consecutive spikes from Jaqueline.

The Brazilians carried the momentum into the third instalment, taking a 17-9 lead as they forced Cuba into several misplays and eventually captured the set 25-13.

Juan Carlos Gala Rodriguez's team came out with determination in the fourth set and went ahead 8-3, before again coming undone as they conceded six straight points to give Brazil a 9-8 edge.
Once Brazil had the initiative, it was clear they would not be denied: they closed out the set 25-18.

This was the 40th meeting between Brazil and Cuba, with the Caribbean side leading the series 22-18.

Following Monday's rest day, Brazil will tangle with Germany, while Cuba take on the Czech Republic.

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