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Cuba pip the Netherlands in a stunner

Manila, Philippines, July 2, 2005 The Netherlands, ranked 14th in the world, played out of their skins to push Olympic bronze medallists Cuba to five sets before losing 3-2 (20-25, 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13) in over 100 minutes of sensational Volleyball in the opening match of day two action in Manila.

The win propels Cuba to the top of the 2005 World Grand Prix standings with five victories from as many matches while the Netherlands now have a 3-2 record. In the second match world champions Italy beat Thailand 3-0 (25-12, 25-10, 25-18) for their third win of the tournament.

Pic: The Netherlands have been very impressive in their return to the World Grand prix