Cuba beat Italy 3-1 (32-30, 17-25, 25-22, 26-24) - duration 1:51
07-Sep, start time: 16:30, end time: 18:21 - Attendance: 2,165 Cuba takes quarterfinal spot after defeating Italy in volleyball show
The three times Olympic and World Champion Cuba made a great performance on the second competition day of the second round of the Women's World Championship. Cuba defeated Italy with 3:1 and is therefore already qualified for the quarterfinal. From the beginning of the first set, the European vice Champion showed that they wanted to win this important match. Italy had the initiative and was leading 17-13 before Zoila Barros' ace started the catch up for Cuba (17-18=. Regla Torres came on court and she brought her team to a 24-21 lead. But Italy didn't give up. It was the beginning of the dramatic ending of the first set. The team of coach Marco Bonitta defended four set balls and could not concert the five set points Italy had. Cuba won the set 32-30. Italy had a bad start at the beginning of the second set (1-4). Elisa Togut and her teammates were not impressed and took the lead back at 8-5. The Italians continued to 13-9. The Cuban coach Felipe Calderon had to take his first time out. It didn't help, because the "Squadra Azzura" was leading 10-6. Italy extended the lead and levelled the match (25-17).0 Italy's coach Bonetti was happy, when his team took the lead in the third set. Cuba caught up and took the lead at 11-8. The set was exciting until the end of the set, which was won by Cuba with 25-22. In the fourth set, Italy was stronger at the beginning and led with 8-3. Felipe Calderon gave advice during most of the rallies on the side of the court. Without success until the score of 11-16, but then it was Barros, who caused the 19-18 lead with her strong services. However in the end it was the Cuban team, that won the set 26-24. With this result, Russia and Cuba are already through to the last eight. Italy has to win against Greece on Sunday to have some hopes getting through as the best number three. Yumilka Ruiz and Zoila Barros both made 20 points each.