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France left wanting as Cuba seal second win

Wilfredo Leon (in red) spikes as he scores 28 points to help his side to a second win in this year's FIVB Volleyball World League
Tours, France, June 9, 2011 – Cuba’s Wilfredo Leon claimed 28 points as his side sealed a 3-1 (29-27, 25-27, 25-23, 33-31) win over hosts France in the first match on the third weekend of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World League on Thursday evening.

The visitors piled the pressure on the French, who are yet to win a match in this year’s contest, and made clear their intentions for the next few weeks of the tournament following a mixed start to their campaign.

Cuba led the entire first set before the home side pulled back, even earning two set points. But it was the Cubans who took the early lead through a dogged defence and quick attack.

The second set was a similar affair until late on when the home side, spurred by their fans, surged ahead. Despite the efforts of Cuban Libero Guttierez the French attack, through Samuele Tuia, took the lead to edge another narrow set.

The third set was another close match as both teams refused to relinquish control. However the NORCECA side again found an edge as they regained the lead at 2-1.

Surprisingly, France claimed the lead early on in the fourth and looked to be sending the match to a tiebreaker. But Leon and his side dug deep to bring themselves back into contention ahead of a thrilling finale. With France on their fifth set point the Cubans pushed ahead to take the point and then eventually the win, just their second of this year’s competition.

Both teams will meet again on Saturday, in Toulouse at 18:00 GMT.


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