Suwon, Korea, May 29, 2011 - After a shock defeat to Korea on Saturday in a Pool D World League tie, Cuba struck back in Sunday's match, running out 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-18) winners in Suwon.
Henry Bell was the top scorer for Cuba with 21 points, while Jeon Kwang-In had 18 for Korea.
In the first set, Korea continued their form from yesterday’s victory. It was a seesaw match, with the scores tied at 10-10, 16-16 and 19-19, but Cuba couldn't handle Lee Sun-Kyu’s swift attack. Korea pulled away to 24-19 thanks to good blocking by setter Han Sun-Soo, with Lee finishing things off on another swift attack.
In the second set, the two teams were level at 6-6, but then Cuba turned things around. Korea couldn't match Cuba's physical prowess and the Cubans were 17-12 ahead soon after the second technical timeout and seven points up at 22-15. Korea's Choi Hong-Suk responded with four straight points, but at 24-20, setter Han made a service error and the scores were tied at 1-1.
In the third set, Cuba started to impose themselves. Korea managed to take a 9-7 lead, but a six-point run handed the momentum back to Cuba. With Henry Bell’s hard and high attack, Cuba finished strongly and took the set 25-18.
The fourth set was little different. The Cuban players were in high spirits and from 6-6, Cuba moved steadily ahead and ended the match with another 25-18 score.