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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Netherlands beat Cuba 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 16-25, 25-21) - duration 1:35
01-Oct, start time: 13:10, end time: 14:45 - Attendance: 4,000
Netherlands unbeaten in Salta
The Netherlands swept throgh round one unbeated when they defeated Cuba 3-1 in Tuesday's match in Pool F in the Delmi Stadium in Salta. They now advance to the second round of the World Volleyball Championship and will play in Santa Fe, while Cuba must wait for the outcome of ther matches on Tuesday to see if they scrape through to the second round,
The Dutch side struck early capitalising on the inexperience of the young Cuban lineup and succeeded in maintaining the same good rhythm that they have enjoyed in earlier matches. They again deployed good diagonal balls, with their setter distributing well to his spikers. The Cubans appeared nervous and showed less aggression than in earlier matches.
Netherlands dominated in all areas in the second set, and were particularly effective in their reception. Shuil again was deadly in attacks and service and the Cubans failed to neutralise him. It was perhaps Cuba's weakest game of the tournament and they appeared to lack concentration. But Cuba pulled themselves together in the third set, taking advance of the Dutch side's slip in concentration and taking the lead for the first time in the match. Aldazabal (8 points) and Portuondo (7 points) led the attack and Cuba held its own for the first time.
Netherlands closed out quickly in the fourth set. They played more agressively and took advantage of Cuba's mistakes.
Top scorers were Aldazabal, Cuba, (21 points), Shuil (17 points), Görtzen (15 points) and Nummerdor (16 points) all of the Netherlands.
The Netherlands showed that they are well prepared mentally and physically for the rest of the Championship.
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