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Match Descriptive

Cuba beat Brazil 3-2 (20-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-19, 15-12) - duration 1:57
28-Jul, start time: 17:05, end time: 19:02 - Attendance: 1'300
City: Reggio Calabria; Hall : Palapentimele hall
Cuba charge to victory in Final Round opening match
There was much anticipation ahead of this clash with Brazil and Cuba finishing one and two respectively in the Preliminary Round standings. And the opening phases highlighted the importance of this match as both teams were desperate for a good start to the Final Round.

Both Brazil and Cuba took a while to settle in the first set with many serving mistakes from both sides. Then Brazil grabbed a slight advantage at 16-13, one that Cuba couldn't cancel despite their powerful spiking. Brazil was better in blocking and closed the set 25-20 thanks to a tip by Marianne.

Cuba stormed into the second set with an early 4-0 lead, keeping the advantage until the first technical time-out (8-4). Brazil didn't lose their concentration and tied the set up at 17-17. The end of the set was tight. Finally, Zoila Barros blocked to give Cuba the second set 26-24.

The third set was a battle between the Cuban attack and the Brazilian blocking and digging. Brazil reached the second technical time-out leading 16-13. Down 20-19, the Cuban coach Luis Calderon called on star player Nancy Carillo, despite her injury concerns, but it wasn't enough and Brazil closed 25-21 thanks to a Dias attack.

In the fourth set Brazil and Cuba kept up their fascinating duel at the net. Cuba got a good advantage at 10-7 before Brazil tied at 13-13. With Brazil sniffing victory it took a superb performance from Cuban captain Yumilka Ruiz, who guided her team to an excellent set victory as she spiked her way to a grand total of 26 points for the match.

In the tie-break Brazil started well opening a fast 6-2 lead. Vigorous Cuban attacks and blocks were not enough to close the gap until they finally drew level at 10-10. The end of the match was set for a fascinating finale and it was Cuba who continued their momentum to spike their way to a fantastic victory, much to the delight of their fans.