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Women's World Cup 2003 - Match descriptive Info

Match Descriptive

Japan beat Cuba 3-2 (15-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21, 15-13) - duration 2:03
14-Nov, start time: 18:00, end time: 20:03 - Attendance: 9,700

Nancy Carrillo, 190cm of solid muscle, led the charge for Cuba against Japan to the resonance of 10,000 chanting, cheering Japanese fans in the Namihaya Dome and Cuba controlled the game as they rocketed to a 19-11 lead.
The Japanese had few opportunities to get back in the match as Cuba surged to an 11-point lead to take the first set point. They then wrapped up the set 25-15 with frightening swiftness.
The Cubans came to the match well prepared, with superb jumping skills and sharp technique, while the Japanese fought with the tenacity of terriers to take a 7-3 lead in the second.
Coach Yanagimoto propped up the lineup with experience, using Miki Sasaki who had served him well in the match against Korea, to reinforce the block and she did not let him down. Cuba caught Japan at 12-all but Japan countered for 17-14 and at 25-19 and got back in the match, looking much less bewildered.
Cuba made a solid start in the third enhanced by a crisis of confidence from Japan's young Kana Oyama and Cuba, not without opposition, advanced to 25-21 and snapped a 2-1 lead.
Japan's determination rose in the fourth set and they led throughout. With a 23-20 cushion it was now Cuba that could not find the gaps. A block error by Cuba put Japan 25-21 in front and forced the tiebreaker.
With much at stake Cuba was 5-3 ahead in the decider and Japan made it 9-7,
They still led at 12-10 with blood pressure rising all over the stadium. Cuba pulled back to within a point, Japan made match point, Cuba scored again but then for the last time.