Spain beat Venezuela 3-1 (26-24, 25-19, 23-25, 25-22) - duration 1:54
14-Jul, start time: 19:30, end time: 21:24 - Attendance: 8,000 Spain sweeps Venezuela and keeps unbeatable
In the middle of an exciting atmosphere due to the public support in the Cabimas Dome, the Spanish volleyball squad, beat Venezuela 3 sets to 1 and avail at maximum the surprising Italian lost earlier against China. Venezuela had an outstanding start in the first set. The attacking by Thomas Ereu gave Venezuela a 5-1 lead that forced the Spanish coach to ask for a time out. After that, Spain focused a little of bit more and supported by Guillermo Falasca attacking and serving tied the match at 13. After that the set was more equilibrated but the experience of the Spanish player was the difference for a 26-24 result. Spain controlled the match in the second set. A block by Salvador gave Spain a 19-14 lead. Advantage that kept the European squad up to the end for a 25-19 result. In the third set, Venezuela's coach David Suarez used the young figures, Rodman Valera, Carlos Luna and Ronald Mendez, strategy that worked to win the set 23-25. This was the second won set by Venezuela so far in this world league, and the second lost set by Spain. The four set was very exciting, Spain with Enrique de La Fuente's attack and Salvador's blocking gave Spain a 12-5 advantage, Venezuela cut back the margin supported by its star Ernardo Gomez and tied the scoreboard and took the lead 22-21, but Cosme Prenafeta serving accuracy did not have an effective answer in the Venezuelan reception for a 25-22 final third set result. Now, Spain will continue its route trip to China next week and Venezuela will receive Italy.