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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Russia beat Cuba 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-19) - duration 1:15
20-Jul, start time: 20:40, end time: 21:55 - Attendance: 7,800
Russia walks away with 3-0 victory against young Cuban team
Russia's 3-1 victory over a young Cuban side on Saturday set the scene for their entry to the final round of the 2002 World League. It was their seventh victory I the Intercontinental Rounds, with the loss of only one match.
The first set began closely with Cuba edging ahead on occasions before Roman Iakovlev pulled out the big guns to put the Russians in front 16-13 and. The stunned Cubans could find few answers to the attacks by the lofty Russian side, who waltzed through the match in the style that reflected their experience and their deep tradition of the sport. The Cubans had difficulty with their reception and were unable to respond with the kind of service offensive that might have put a stop to the Russian attack. Meanwhile the home team was unable to rely for the full time on their star player Tomás Aldazabal, who had problems in one of his knees and was sent to the bench by Technical Director Eliseo Ramos in the first phase of the second set. He did not come on again until the third set where his team was trailing 5-11.
Despite the easy victories on the two first sets, the Russian Technical Director Boriss Kolcins kept his key men on court, but in the third set replaced Captain Rouslan Olikhvev by Andrei Egortchev.
The Cuban lineup included only two Olympic players (Pavel Pimienta and Alain Roca) and failed to deliver effective reception and defence during the match in front of almost 8,000 Cuban supporters.