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Brazil downs Cuba 3-1

Belgrade, Serbia, July 23, 2009 - Brazil showed that it is the team to beat at the 2009 World League with a relatively easy win over Cuba, acquiring its first three points at the Final Six in Belgrade.
They were an untouchable opponent with fabulous blocks and great services, especially on important points to end the sets, while Cuba was able to respond only in the second set, the only frame they won.
Cuba started the first match of the second day better than the Brazilians, and led by 3 points at the first technical timeout on three errors by Brazil. However, the top-ranked team in the FIVB world rankings significantly improved their attack - and their blocking in particular - for which the Cubans had no solution. Brazil won 7 points in a row, turning the tide to their advantage (12-8).
Cuba had a host of problems with their attack, while Brazil consolidated their game and cruised to a 25-18 win. Brazil scored eight points on blocks alone in the first set, with Lucas Saatkamp and Murilo Endres scoring three apiece.
The second set was completely different. Brazil took a 10-7 lead thanks to some superb play from opposite Leandro Vissotto, but the Cuban coach Orlando Samuels then changed setters, introducing Yoandri Díaz Carmenate for Raydel Hierrezuelo Aguirre and after an ace from Joandry Leal and a block from Wilfredo Leon, Cuba took a 17-15 lead.
But Brazil clawed back with two aces from Murilo and an excellent attack to make it 20-18. Captain Roberlandy Simon lifted Cuba back into the lead at 22-21 and with two excellent attacks from Leal, they attained their first set ball at 24-22, which they duly scored on a service error from Giba.
Brazil rushed out to a 5-2 lead in the third set and remained in control until the very end. They returned to the tactics that had led them to victory earlier in the tournament and they won seven points on serves alone, killing the Cuban reception.
Despite some substitutions, Cuba could do nothing to withstand the onslaught, and Brazil won the set 25-17 on three straight aces.
The pattern continued in the fourth set. Brazil took a 4-point lead into the first TTO before stretching the advantage to 5 by the second TTO. Only then did Cuba improve its defense and attack, closing the gap to 18-17 before the Brazilian service game decided the set once again. Reserve player Thiago Soares Alves exerted his influence once again, bagging three aces to set up Rodrigo Santana to close the set 25-19 for the victory and Brazil's first three points in the Final Round in Belgrade.


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