Korea beat Cuba 3-2 (25-20, 18-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-12) - duration 2:01
30-Aug, start time: 19:30, end time: 21:31 - Attendance: 3,870 Cuba - Korea: Korea beats title holder Cuba
Cuba - Korea: Korea surprisingly beats titleholder Cuba
The Cuban volleyball stars are not shining very brightly anymore. The team of the titleholder lost their first match of the volleyball World Championship in the preliminary group B in Schwerin against South Korea with 2:3 (20:25, 25:18, 25:20, 21:25, 12:15). The match could not have been any more dramatic and was very good promotion for the World Championship. Both teams were supported by the cheering of the spectators and the Mexican wave.
The Cuban team didn't play very well during the first minutes of the match. Their opponents were very flexible in their defence and caused problems for the titleholders with precisely services. Cuba's coach Felipe Calderon had took the first time out at the score of 8:13. But the Asians could not be troubled by the substitution of Regla Torres and won the first set with 25:20.
The beginning of the second set was equal. Until the score of 5:4 the service changed after each point. After that the Cuban setter Liana Mese put her attackers on the scene. It was Zoila Barros who finished the set with an ace.
There was hard fighting in the third, fourth and fifth set. While Korea scored with effective combinations, the Cuban team came always back with hard serves. Finally it was the Grand Champions Cup winner of 2001 who won the match.