Kenia Carcaces goes on the attack for Cuba
Tokyo, August 20, 2006: Cuba brushed aside the challenge of Korea to take third place in Pool A with a powerful 3-0 victory.
The Cubans chalked up their first win of the 2006 Grand Prix with a 25-23, 25-20, 25-23 scoreline.
Cuba went into the first TTO with a two-point lead from a close opening period, with Nancy Carrillo dominating at the net early on.
The Cubans increased their lead with powerful spikes from Kenia Carcaces, prompting Korea coach Kim Myeong-Soo to call a time out to stem the growing tide of Cuban pressure.
Korea returned after the break to draw level, only for Cuba to pull away once again and reach set point at 24-22 with a blistering winner from Daimi Ramirez on the right.
The Cubans could not take advantage as Han Song-Yi saved the point, but Rosir Calderon made no mistake at the second time of asking, smashing home to take the first set 25-23.
Hwang Youn-Joo was in prolific form for Korea, but her points could not prevent Cuba from taking a commanding lead in the second set.
Carcaces and Ramirez were again connecting with thunderbolt spikes, and Carrillo was also weighing in with big points.
La Hea-Won and Yim Myung-Ok kept the Cubans at bay as Korea saved three set points, but Yenisey Gonzalez finally took the second set 25-20 for Cuba when she spiked at the net.
Bae Yoo-Na began to hit form as the Koreans started the third set strongly, but it was Cuba who went into the first TTO with an 8-7 lead.
Kim Sa-Nee and La Hea-Won were also winning points at the net, but Cuba were again finding success on the left with huge spikes from Calderon and Carcaces.
Korea could find no answer to the power of the Cubans, who took the third set and the match after three match points with yet another attack on the left from Rosir Calderon.