MEXICALI, Mexico, August 20, 2007.- Germany prevailed against Cuba in a seesaw thriller of five sets in Pool H. The Europeans won by scores of 18-25, 25-14, 22-25, 25-13, 15-13.
Jonas Unlauft and Denis Caliberda each scored 15 points for Germany while Christian Fromm and Lucas Baker added 11 and 10 respectively.
Cuba had Yanier Mederos and Armando Danger with a dozen points apiece and Rolando Cepeda and Alberto La Rosa each chipped in 11 for the Caribbeans.
Cuba won the first set when Cepeda scored three consecutive aces but Germany tied the scoreboard in the second winning by wide margin capitalizing frequent mistakes by the Cuban side. The performance of Caliberda and Fromm was the key for the German victory.
In the third set, both teams battled consistently and the score was evened at 10-all. Then the Germans started to control the action and led 16-11 at the second pause. Cuba, however, was not about to let it down and recovered behind the play of Cepeda, Mederos and Leon. They tied at 17-all and dominated from that point on.
In the fourth set, the Germans repeated the performance of the second set and crushed their opponents from start to finish.
In the tie-breaker, both teams engaged in a tough battle and were tied at 8-all when Germany took the lead behind a couple of blocks by Lucas Baker and they did not lose the advantage despite some moments of threat by the Cuban side.