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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Cuba beat Germany 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 26-24) - duration 1:29
13-Jul, start time: 20:40, end time: 22:09 - Attendance: 6,032
Cuba sweeps Germany away 3-0
The young Cuban Team turned up the heat in their second match with Germany in the 2002 World league third week Intercontinental round deploying fighting spirit and effective attacking for a 3-0 victory in the Havana Coliseum. The Germans appeared to be off the pace in Saturday's match after victories against Russia and The Netherlands in early rounds.
The Cuban novices combined well with more experienced players like Tomás Aldazabal, Pavel Pimienta and setter Alain Roca define the action and retain the initiative throughout the match.
Aldazabal proved his imposing self, with his massive spikes slicing through the high German block. Yasser Portuondo turned on an amazingly accurate attack while relentlessly lashing his opponents with accurate serves.
But all three sets were tight and the German players acquitted themselves well, even if the Cubans looked more confident and imposed better combinations. Setter Alain Roca delivered the ball effectively, providing more variety to the attack, while giant Pimienta contributed deadly spikes into the very center of the court.
The Germans seemed to lack confidence in their blocks and appeared under pressure for much of the match.
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