U.S.A. beat Cuba 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-17) - duration 1:16
15-Nov, start time: 12:30, end time: 13:46 - Attendance: 2,127
USA went out fired with fighting spirit to attack their Norceca arch rivals Cuba in a match that was critical in deciding the ticket for the Olympic Games. The Americans had a handy 16-12 lead in the first set although both sides delivered their share of errors. Heather Brown pounded home a spike for 18-14 and the Americans closed out another five points with the pace of play fast and furious. Ziola Barros and Martha Sanchez aced for Cuba to bring them within a point and a block error by the USA leveled the score at 20-all. The lead then changed hands until Daniella Scott the American captain tipped the ball over the net with one finger for 25-23. It was a match of temperament and of power and Logan Tom was doing well in backline defense for the USA. Haneef, Phipps and Brown, 579cm of collective obstacle at the net, let little through and USA were in firm control at 24-18 and took the set with the next point for a 2-0 lead. No ground was given in the third, with Cuba sharper and more concentrated and level at 11-all. Prikeba Phipps slapped and open-handed shot over for 13-12 and by then the USA were bristling with confidence and quickly closed out the set 25-17 to force Cuba to have to contest Olympic qualification in other tournaments. The result also meant Japan was out of contention in this round robin contest.