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Match Descriptive

U.S.A. beat Cuba 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-16) - duration 1:14
01-Aug, start time: 17:05, end time: 18:19 - Attendance: 1'500
City: Reggio Calabria; Hall : Palapentimele hall
USA beat Cuba for bronze
USA, the world number two, was too clinical for the young Cuban side, reversing their 3-2 defeat suffered at the hands of the Cubans in the opening round of the Preliminary Round. Cuba, who finished 11th last year, weren't at their best but having already achieved their best result at the World Grand Prix since 2001, where they finished fourth, playing this match was already a remarkable achievement.

USA got off to a great start to lead 7-4 before Cuba fought back with three straight points to tie the set up. From that moment the lead see-sawed as both sides struggled to settle into any sort of rhythm. Cuba inparticular struggled to complete their attacks, with many spikes going long. It wasn't long before US coach Toshiaki Yoshida called on super sub Lindsey Berg to serve for the set, which she did with style, hard and fast into the far right corner.

Both teams were again hard to split in the second set. Captain Yumilka Ruiz, who was in a private duel with USA's Logan Tom for the Best Scorer award, was her usual prolific self for Cuba while Heather Bown was busy on attack and defence for the favourites. At 16-15 up a wonderful block from Ana Fernandez on Nancy Metcalf looked as though it have given Cuba just the break they were looking for, but USA showed great determination and discipline to fight back. At 23-22 up, an uncharacteristically wide spike from Ruiz gave USA the chance to wrap up the set and they duly complied with Danielle Scott blocking home the winner.

By this stage USA were moving into top gear and an increasing number of errors started creeping into the Cuban game. Prikeba Phipps and Bown were in full stride at the net, teasing the Cuban defence with some wonderful spikes. Up 18-10 USA sensed victory and soon after Ogonna Nnamani who spiked home the winner for USA to wrap up the third set and the bronze medal.