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Argentina beat Cuba in five sets

Argentina captain Emilce Sosa led her team to a 3-2 victory on Saturday
Zielona Gora, Poland, August 13, 2011 – Cuba suffered a 3-2 (19-25, 25-15, 25-20, 18-25, 16-14) loss to Argentina on the second day of the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix in Zielona Gora, Poland.

Daniela Gildenberger led the scorers for Argentina with 18 points, while Cuba's Kenia Carcaces Opon scored 25 points.

Before this match Argentina had no points after losing in straight sets to Poland on Friday, while Cuba had one from a thrilling five setter against Korea.

The first set was tight from its first ball as neither team had a foothold. Argentina finally jumped ahead but Cuba answered with powerful spikes and tied the score at 15-15. Nevertheless, the advantage stayed on the Argentinian side as they smoothly jumped ahead and took the set 25-19.

The Cubans came back on the court determined and quickly gained the lead (4-2). With both teams alternately scoring a series of points, the advantage kept jumping from side to side. With Leanny Castaneda Simon strong services Cuba extended their advantage to eight points at the second TTO. The second part of the set was a display of Cuban domination and they easily picked it up 25-15.

Argentina took the lead in the third, but the Cubans answered by gaining four points in a row and retook control over the set. They jumped ahead to 18-13 at the second TTO and kept a safe distance. The Argentinian coach Horacio Bastit called two timeouts, but it did not help his team as the Cubans won the set 25-20.

The fourth set started well for Argentina, who smoothly took the lead 7-3. They took control and stayed ahead, extending their advantage but the Argentinians were unstoppable as they tied the overall score at 2-2 taking the match to a tiebreak.

In the final set Argentina led from the beginning (5-1), but Cuba did not give up and leveled the score at 10-10. The Cubans floundered two match balls, while the Argentinians used their first one and won the set 16-14 and the whole match 3-2.


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