Lucas Saatkamp typified the
kind of day Brazil had against
Cuba: he racked up seven
points and eight faults
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FINALS HIGHLIGHTS
POOL
F
Murilo Endres was
uncharacteristically
quiet with three points
against Cuba in Pool F,
while Rolando Cepeda
was one of three Cubans
with double-digit scores
Yoandry Diaz, third-
best setter of the Finals,
recorded a 4.00 set
average against Brazil
The Finals of the FIVB World League started off
with a highly anticipated clash between world
No. 1 Brazil and arguably the most in-form
team of the Intercontinental Round, Cuba. In a
reversal of the FIVB World Championship Final in
2010,
Cuba pulled off an amazing straight-sets
victory as the Brazilians struggled to deal with
the inspired young Cuban players, especially
their strong serves. Cuba claimed eight service
points to Brazil’s three, with captain Wilfredo
León picking up five points on his serve alone.
Cuba also out-blocked Brazil 10:6. Brazil didn’t
help their cause with 26 errors. It was Cuba’s first
straight-sets victory over Brazil since 1999.
Our strongest elements were the attack and
the serve and this is what helped us win,” Cuba
coach Orlando Samuels said. “We managed to
do everything in the best way possible and we
have played good volleyball since the beginning
of the tournament. The matches against Serbia
and Russia really helped our self-esteem and now
we feel motivated to excel in the Finals.”
July 4
CUB
BRA
3
0
25-19 26-24 25-22
POOL F - DAY 1
Brazil struggle against classy Cubans