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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Cuba beat Czech. Republic 3-1 (28-30, 25-22, 25-19, 25-23) - duration 1:49
29-Sep, start time: 15:40, end time: 17:29 - Attendance: 4,800
Cuba nails Czech Republic
Cuba took its first victory of the 2002 Men's World Championship, nailing outsider Czech Republic 3-1. The young Cuban team stayed on the good side of the score against the formation of the famous coach Julio Velasco.
Although the youngest team of the "group of death" defeated the number fourth last years European Championship, the match was pretty equal. The Cuban power and passion gave the 1998 bronze medallist the win, although the Czechs won the first set.
In the first set, the young Cuba team showed agressiveness at the beginning of the set. The Czech team was better at the end, scoring 16 points in attack and two in blocking. The best scorer of the set was the Cuban Aldazabal with six points. On the Czech side, Lebl, Rak and Dubs scored five points each. Cuba found its rythm back in the second set and brought Czech Republic onder pressure with strong serves. Cuba levelled the match winning the second set.
The third set was much clearer. Cuba brought the Czech receivers in trouble again and with Portuondo as the main scorer (7 points), Cuba won the set.
Czech Republic kept fighting in the fourth set. The Europeans, one of the outsiders for a place in the 'Elite Eight' of this event, counld't block and defend the Cuban power attacks. Cuba took the victory and is the co-leader of Pool F with The Netherlands. Cuba showed that this team is still a contender for a top position, although the team is recently formed.
Tomas Aladazabal was with 23 points the best scorer of the match.
/ajm