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Italy overcome Cuba in thrilling match

Italy's attack overcame a solid Cuban offence as they claimed their tenth win of their 2011 campaign on Wednesday
Parma, Italy, June 29, 2011 - Italy scored an exciting 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 32-30) win over Cuba in their 2011 FIVB Volleyball World League Pool D match in Parma on Wednesday as they continue their build up to the Final Round in Gdansk-Sopot, Poland.

It was another convincing victory for Mauro Berruto’s team and the hosts still top Pool D with 28 points, followed by Cuba with 20. 

Savani topped the scores for Italy with 17 points while Henry Bell was the best scorer for Cuba with 11 points.

The match was close from the start. Both sides committed many errors with their serve but Italy gained a three-point gap before the teams went point-to-point. Cuba went ahead through their attack before Savani fought back with a spike and an ace to put them back in the lead. Cuba coach Orlando Samuels called two timeouts to try and help his team recover but it wasn’t enough as Italy took the first set.

Italy began well in block and defence and took a 3-0 lead at the start of the second set. Cuba recovered quickly to close the gap at 8-7. Italy had regained a lead by the second TTO and they held on till the end despite a fightback from Cuba.

Both teams started the third set very determined, and Italy arrived at the first TTO ahead 8-6 thanks to an excellent Savani attack and serve. Cuba was desperate not to lose and at the second TTO, with a excellent spike from Denny Hernandez, went ahead 16-13, 19-15 and 22-21 when a fantastic block from Zaytsev brought Italy to 22-22. After this, Cuba held off four match points before the decisive point which saw the home side close the match.

The two will clash again at on Friday at 18:30 GMT in their final Intercontinental Round match of the 2011 edition of the tournament.


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