Cuba beat Korea 3-2 (21-25, 25-19, 25-11, 22-25, 15-10) - duration 1:46
15-Sep, start time: 12:00, end time: 13:46 - Attendance: 8,143 Cuba takes fifth place after win over Korea
Three times World and Olympic Champion Cuba grabbed the fifth place at the 2002 Women's World Championship. The Cuban team, the winner in both 1994 and 1998, won the classification match for the fifth spot against Korea. In a packed Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Cuba took a 3-2 victory over the Asians. In the first set, Korea was just better than Cuba. The Asians scored lots of points with quick attacks and digged the Cuban attacks of jumpers Marta Sanchez and Yumilka Ruiz perfectly. Cuba was able to follow the Korean team, but the gap Korea made in the beginning of the set was big enough (25-21). Cuba and Korea kept enjoying the spectators in the Max-Schmeling-Hall in Berlin in the second set. Cuba started to win some rallies, but the Cubans still had problems to kill the ball. The Korean libero Ki-Lan Koo was everywhere on the court to dig the opponent's attacks. Cuba stayed in front from the beginning of the set (25-19). Cuba made a flying start in the third set. The young Nancy Carrilo served her team to a 12-2 lead. This was more than enough to clinch the set with 25-11. Korea found its rhythm back in the fourth set. The Asians didn't make mistakes anymore, while Cuba had concentration problems. Korea took a four point lead at 10-6, but Cuba came back. The three times World and Olympic champion leveled the score at 17-17. Korea scored some points in a row again and took the fourth set with 25-22. In the fifth set, both teams stayed tuned until Cuba took a 5-3 lead. Cuba stayed in front by two points and made the decisive gap at 10-7 and cruised to a 15-10 set victory. Marta Sanchez scored the last Cuban point. Yumilka Ruiz was by far the best scorer. She made 33 points and scored 217 points in the entire event.