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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Germany beat Cuba 3-2 (25-20, 24-26, 25-23, 19-25, 20-18) - duration 2:24
03-Aug, start time: 15:00, end time: 17:24 - Attendance: 5,195
Germany powers to a 3-2 against Cuba
Germany showed their golden side on Saturday by emerging victorious over Cuba 3-2 in a highly entertaining match lasting two and a half hours that thrilled more than 5,000 spectators.
The match started well with both teams trading the lead. Germany surged to a two point advantage to go up 10-8, then Cuba hunted them down to edge ahead 16-15 before two technical faults by Cuba and two aces by Bjoern Andrae secured the set for the German team.
Stefan Huebner, the best blocker in this year's World league made two quick points to set the stage for Germany in the opening minutes of the second set. But Cuba, with top scorer Tomas Aldazabel, fought back vigorously and with two block points by Odelvis Dominico took the lead 18-15. Germany failed to hold off the Cuban attack and they went on to level at 1-all.
The third set provided a roller coaster of emotions for the more than 5.000 spectators. Germany started well but Cuba followed to equalize. A fine block by Christian Pampel put Germany in front 16-12. Then Cuba narrowed the gap to 22-23 before a triple block secured the final point for Germany.
Cuba went quickly 8-4 up in the fourth after three successful block points, but Germany drew level at 11-11 only to see Cuba take the set with powerful serves that gave Germany difficulties in reception.
The tiebreaker proved a crowd pleaser with both sides trading the lead. A double block from Bjoern Andrae and Marco Liefke against Tomas put Germany in front 10-8. Cuba came back with a double block for 12-12 but it was Germany to triumphed to take the match..
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