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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Netherlands beat Cuba 3-2 (25-20, 17-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-11) - duration 1:59
27-Jul, start time: 20:40, end time: 22:39 - Attendance: 3,900
The Netherlands Won Again But Faced A Greater Resistance
The Young Cuban Team offered a strong resistance, which compelled the Netherlands to go to the Tie-Break. Nevertheless, the Caribbean Team lost for the second consecutive night at the Sports City Hall in Havana City, once again attended by an enthusiastic crowd.
Again, the Cubans had deficiencies at reception and also at service, although they improved in service as the match developed - the first to extend to 5 sets in this World League Version in Havana.
Another negative aspect of the home team was to be found at block whereas the leading man at the offensive Tomás Aldazábal was sent to the bench on the third set as replaced by beginner Raidel Poey.
The Black Tulips (NED), on the other hand, showed themselves relaxed, but they let their initiative be stolen twice on the second and fourth sets, where the Cubans exhibited an obvious recovery at service and at net defense.
The game turned out to be a more even one than the previous and harder fought by both teams where the visitors' greatest experience came to shine over. The Cubans showed a good physical shape but they despaired at crucial moments basically on the fifth set.
On the Netherlands' side excelled again Guido Gortzen and Richard Schuil while on the Cuban side Henry Bell (1.88 cm tall) grew up to lead the Cuban offense supported by two other young players: Yasser Portuondo and Odelvis Dominico, the latter at block.