Russia beat Cuba 3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-17) - duration 1:28
08-Sep, start time: 16:30, end time: 17:58 - Attendance: 2,325 Russia takes revenge for Olympic defeat
When Russia started to be serious, the fun was over for Cuba. The team of Nikolai Karpol took successfully revenge for the lost Olympic final of Sydney 2000, won 3-1 against the three times Olympic and World Champion Cuba. After only a few rallies the spectators were already thrilled by the rematch of the Olympic final between Cuba and Russia. The Cuban team took the lead after being behind 0-3. Despite some disagreements on side of the Cuban team, they took control of the match and won the first set 25-22. The second set began with a strong Russian team on the one side and a confused Cuban team on the other side. The Cubans were troubled by the hard serves of the Russians. The score at technical time out was 16-14 for Russia. Again the Russian block was unbeatable even for the outstanding Yumilka Ruiz. Therefore Russia won the second set with 25-19. In the beginning of the third set Cuba tried to kill the balls on the outside, but the attackers weren't strong enough for the Russian three block. Cuba had the first time out at the score of 2-6. It didn't help and the Karpol girls were still leading 11-6. They dealt successfully with all Cuban attempts to hit through the middle or outside. Felipe Calderon was forced to have another time out at the score of 19-10. It didn't help, the final score of the third set was 25-15 for Russia. Cuba didn't give up in the first set, but again the Russian block was too string. Too many mistakes of the team of captain Yumilka Ruiz made it easy for the Russian team to win the fourth set with 25-17. Russian Ekaterina Gamova played a great match, scoring 28 points.