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Women's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Cuba beat Netherlands 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) - duration 1:08
01-Sep, start time: 14:03, end time: 15:11 - Attendance: 3,400
Titleholder Cuba rehabilitated after victory over The Netherlands
Titleholder Cuba straightened out the proportions of power at the Volleyball World Championship. After losing against Korea in the first match on Friday and the difficult victory against Canada on Saturday, the Cuban team defeated co-leader The Netherlands in Pool B here in Schwerin.
The Dutch team had a very bad day. The nervousness of the Dutch players could be seen in the beginning of the first set. A mistake of setter Riette Fledderus cause the lead for the Cuban team (9-6). Some more mistakes of the "Orange squad" followed and coach Angelino Frigano successfully brought Janneke van Tienen in the team. The Dutch formation woke up and closed the gap to two points behind. But the titleholders took the advantage of the Dutch problems and win the first set with 25-19.
The second set was similar to the first one. The Netherlands couldn't compete against the strong attacks of the second team of the FIVB World Ranking. Middle block Nancy Carillo and outside hitter Marta Sanchez took the benefit the bad blocking of the Dutch players and put the spikes even in the three meter zone of the opponent. The three time world champion formed some three blocks against most of the Dutch attacks.
The Dutch blockers got used to the tall Cuban attackers in the beginning of the third set and The Netherlands even took the lead (6-3). But again it was the team of captain Ingrid Visser that made too many mistakes and let the Olympic Champion catch up(12-12). With the good services of Liana Mesa the Cuban team took the lead quickly and used the first match ball.
Cuban Yumilka Ruiz, the best scorer of the World Championship so far, was the best scorer and added 15 points to her total. Francien Huurman was one of the only Dutch player who played a nice match. She also made 15 points. The Netherlands will face Korea on Monday, while Cuba will meet Egypt.