FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Cuba see off Belgium in straight sets


Cuba recovered from a shaky start to grab a berth in the quarterfinals

Tijuana, Mexico, July 3, 2013 – Cuba overcame a slow start to defeat Belgium 26-24, 25-21, 25-20 advancing to the round of the eight finalists at the FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship on Wednesday at Baja California High Performance Center.

Cuba next play Russia, winners of their match against United States in Mexicali.

Behind the offense of Pedro Jimeno, who led all the players in the game with 21 points, Cuba brushed aside a Belgium team that gave away 27 points via errors. Inovel Romero and Osmani Uriarte each contributed 9 points to the winning effort.

Gilles Vandecaveye was the top offensive player for the European bronze medalists with 14 points followed by Lowie Stuer with nine.

Both teams scored with eight blocks and Belgium had a slight advantage in the service winners category 4-3.

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