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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

Cuba beat Netherlands 3-2 (25-20, 19-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-13) - duration 1:59
02-Jul, start time: 15:00, end time: 16:59 - Attendance: 3'675
City: Manila; Hall : Philsport Arena
Cuba fought hard in the 5th set to win over tough Netherlands side, 25-20, 19-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-13
The first set saw both teams playing aggressively but Cuba, getting the points from Rosir Calderon, prevailed.

The second set was a close one before Netherlands went to Francien Huurman and Manon Flier, whose impressive attacking skills allowed the Dutch to win after 21 minutes.

The Netherlands kept their momentum in the third set, banking on the brilliant game of Flier, who scored nine kills, and Huurman, who added six kills, to take a 2-1 lead.

Cuba put up a good fight in the fourth set, getting the points from team captain Yumilka Ruiz to post a 14-12 lead. Netherlands rallied behind Flier, Riette Fledderus and Ingrid Visser to wrest the upperhand at 19-17 but Ruiz sparked a rally that allowed Cuba to take the set in 24 minutes.

Both teams played well in the fifth set but the Netherlands got the upperhand at 9-7 before Cuba fought back behind Daimi Ramirez, Yaima Ortiz to tie the count at 11-all.
Two straight points from Huurman put the Dutch ahead at 13-11 but the Cubans banked on Zoila Barros, Nancy Carillo and Yaima Ortiz to wrap up the match.

Ruiz paced Cuba with 16 points, including 14 kills, while Barros had 10 kills and four blocks. Carillo finished with 12 points, including six blocks, while Ramirez and Calderon added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Huurman led Netherlands with 23 points, including 21 kills, followed by Flier with 21 kills. Visser finished with 16 points, including five blocks.