Cuba beat Romania 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-23) - duration 1:08
03-Sep, start time: 17:00, end time: 18:08 - Attendance: 1,100 Cuba grabs second spot in Pool B
Cuba is getting better and better: The titleholder defeated Romania in straight sets, took the second spot in Pool B and will go to Bremen for the second round. The team of coach Felipe Calderon proved in the Schwerin Sport- and Kongresshalle that Cuba is still a team to keep in mind. The luck of the Romanians is in the hands of Canada, who can put Romania in the third place by defeating The Netherlands 3-0 later on Tuesday. Romania played without Carmen Turlea, who injured her arm during a training session. There were some hard rallies in the beginning of the first set and Cuba took the lead when Liana Mesa scored some serve points (13-8). Finally the titleholder showed successful combinations and won the first set with 25-18. The team of coach Costinel Stan had the better start in the second set and took the lead with 6-3. The Caribbeans Islands took over the lead at 10-8 thanks to again some good servicing. The Romanian team didn't play precisely in defense and lost the second set with 21-25. In the third set Romania could keep up until 23-23. But the Cuban defense was to good for the Romanian attackers, so Cuba won the match. Yumilka Ruiz was again the best scorer. The Cuban attacker made 19 points, one more than teammate Zoila Barros.