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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

Cuba beat Netherlands 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-20) - duration 1:12
18-Jul, start time: 12:35, end time: 13:47 - Attendance: 5'030
City: Sendai; Hall : Sendai City Gymnasium
Cubans finish with a flourish
Sendai, Japan, July 18, 2005 -- Cuba over-powered the Netherlands 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-20) in the first match on the final day of the World Grand Prix Final Round on Monday.
Led by 16 points from MVP candidate Nancy Carrillo, Cuba completed the straight-sets victory in 66 minutes.
Cuba finished the six-team tournament with a 3-2 win-loss record, while the Dutch slipped to 1-4.
Cuba were always in control of the first set, winning 25-20, but not after allowing the Dutch to close to within one point at 19-18.
Carrillo was her usual dominant force at the center of the net, with three spikes, three blocks and one service winner for a seven-point haul in the first set.
In the second set, Chaiene Staelens maintained her good form for the Netherlands, and led the team's scoring to keep her team close. Staelens would end the game with 12 points.
But Cuba looked in a rush to finish the game, and pulled away toward the end of the second set to go 2-0 up.
On their second set point, Rosir Calderon drove home a winner from the left to seal it 25-22.
But the Dutch have proved throughout this tournament that they have a strong team spirit, and are determined to make their mark here.
A typically sharp-angled spike from the left from Cuban captain Yumilka Ruiz brought Cuba to the second technical break ahead 16-12.
Manon Flier varied her attacks to try and bring the Dutch back into the game, but the Cubans were really fired up and in a hurry, notably Daimi Ramirez.
With the Cubans in a mean mood, Ruiz put the final nail in the coffin with a trademark spike from the left on her team's third match point.