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Russia beats Cuba to win World League bronze

Belgrade, Serbia, July 26, 2009 - Russia defeated a young and inexperienced Cuban team 3-0 (25-13, 26-24, 25-16) to win the World League bronze medal at Belgrade Arena on Sunday.
Russia made easy work of their opponents in the first set, winning it 25-13. Despite excellent play and a strong comeback from Cuba in the second frame, Russia won the second frame 26-24. Cuba continued to battle in the third set but eventually succumbed 25-16.
Russia took advantage of a nervous start by Cuba, taking a quick 5-2 lead and maintaining the advantage until the first technical timeout (8-4). Cuba head coach Orlando Samuels called for a timeout in an attempt to stabilize his team but were unable to reduce the gap and entered the second TTO down 16-10. Russia continued to add to their advantage and won the set by 12 points.
The Cubans found their rhythm in the second set and took a 5-2 difference. By the first TTO, Cuba enjoyed a 2-point advantage. Russia stayed close and leveled the score at 9-9. The teams continued playing point by point until 14-14, when Russia scored 2 points in a row for a 16-14 lead. The teams traded points and after four successful blocks in a single rally, Cuba retook the lead, 23-22, but Russia scored the set.
In the third set Cuba led at the first TTO. The game continued point by point until 11-11, when Daniele Bagnoli's boys took a 2-point advantage. By the second TTO, Russia was still ahead 16-13. The Cubans unsuccessfully tried to get back in the match and Russia won the third set to secure the bronze medal.


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