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World Grand Prix 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

U.S.A. beat Cuba 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 28-26, 25-18) - duration 1:42
14-Jul, start time: 15:55, end time: 17:37 - Attendance: 2,800
USA beat Cuba 3-1(21-25, 25-18, 28-26, 25-14 )
Cuba took advantage in thefirst set with the height of blocking at the beginning. Ruiz's powerful spike helped Cuba to lead the way. At that time, USA head coach required a time-out in time to solve the problems of defence. It really played a roll. It seems that Cuba has abetter preparation than their opponent. They won the first set 25-21.

Facts showed that USA seems forgetting the first set and put a concentrating attack in the second set. As a result, USA team controled the situation of the play. They were in the lead all the time. Certainly USA got this set 25-18.

In the third set, Cuba paid more attentions on their serving reception and they got a good beginning till the first technical time-out by 8-4. After that USA's stable defence and muti-place attack made Cuba hard to deal with the situation. USA took this set 28-26 although Cuba performed a small climax after 20-20.

Encouraged by the victory of last two sets, USA team developed their intergrative power of attack as well as their brilliant blocking. This made Cuba really hard to attack back. Of course, Cuba's errors made them to lost points. USA beat Cuba by 25-14.