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Cuba become fourth team to qualify for Final Round

Cuba block Argentina's top scorer Lucas Ocampo as the visitors qualified for the Final Round on Friday
Formosa, Argentina, July 8, 2010 – Cuba secured a place in the Final Round of the 2010 FIVB World League early on Friday morning with a narrow 3-2 (25-15, 25-20, 30-32, 23-25, 15-8) win over Argentina in Pool D of the Intercontinental Round away in Formosa.

Argentina have already qualified for the next stage as hosts of the tournament, set to be held in Cordoba from July 21-25.

The visiting side’s Robertlandy Simón Aties, Wilfredo Leon Venero and Rolando Camejo Durruty topped the scores with 19, 16 and 14 points respectively while Lucas Ocampo, Gustavo Scholtis and Rodrigo Quiroga scored 16, 14 and 12 points respectively for the hosts.

The first set saw early errors on both sides of the net however Cuba soon found their momentum with their blocking and serving combining well to take the lead.

The pressure on Argentina to clinch their first win of the campaign intensified in the second as Cuba carried it's momentum through. Unforced errors from the home side allowed Cuba to pick up the set, guaranteeing them the one point they needed to top Pool D.

With Cuba already securing its place at the Final Round the team took a step back in the third to allow Argentina to fight back. Cuba reacted with a tremendous fightback of their own, but following seven tie-break points Argentina picked up the set 32-30.

The fourth set saw both teams come out strong with a great performance for the fans. Argentina pulled ahead toward the end however to take the match to a tie-breaker.

Cuba, realising they were on the brink of only their second defeat of their campaign so far, found the form that took them to an early lead in the fifth and they duly overcame the hosts to pick up their tenth win in Pool D.

The two sides are set to clash again tomorrow at 9:10pm local time with the match being broadcast live broadcast by ESPN+.

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