MEXICALI, Mexico, August 22, 2007.- Armando Danger had 25 points leading Cuba to a straight sets win over Tunisia 28-26, 25-19, 25-23.
Rolando Cepeda contributed 14 points to the winning effort and Anouer Ben Jamaa and Aymen Karqui had 14 and 11 respectively for Tunisia.
It was the first victory for Cuba in the competition after several painful losses and Tunisia finished the second round of Pool H with 0-3 mark.
Cuba came from behind in the first set behind the powerful spikes of Armando Danger who scored 12 points. The Tunisians led for the more part but Cuba steadily was shortening the distance until a tie at 24-all. Finally, it was time for Danger to take care of things and the Caribbeans won 28-26. Annouer Ben Jamaa was the best of Tunisia with 6 points and two blocks.
The good blocking, led by Rolando Cepeda gave Cuba an 8-5 lead at the first pause of the second set. Then, the offensive combination of Danger and La Rosa helped to increase the gap to 16-11 at the second stop. Danger hit the last point of the set with a smoking shot good for his 18 point of the match and Cuba won 25-19.
Cuba capitalized several unforced errors by the Tunisian side to take the lead 8-4 in the third set with Valdespino contributing two blocks. Cuba led by five points arriving to the second technical time out 16-11. Tunisia closed in at 16-15 with the offence of Rezgui combined with Cuban errors. Tunisia threatened at 23-22 with a block by Jamaa but Danger responded with two spikes for the 25-23 win.