RANKING
Matches
Total Points
Pts Won Lost Won Lost Ratio
1
POL
5
2 0 186 166 1.120
2
CUB
3
1 1 142 140 1.014
3
BRA
1
0 2 165 187 0.882
Poland beat poor Cuba as both teams head for semis
With both teams already qualified for the
semifinals, this match was about who would top
Pool F and meet the second-placed team from
Pool E – which would be confirmed later that
evening when Bulgaria ceded first place to USA.
Despite featuring two of the best teams in the
competition, the match didn’t quite live up to
expectations, as errors haunted both sides. But
the Poles held their nerve while Cuba had an off
day. Captain Wilfredo León was held to just five
points. “We are not happy, because our way of
playing did not work the way we wanted it to,
but we are glad we are in the semifinals,” León
stated. His coach, Orlando Samuels, reflected
on a tough day: “These kinds of matches are
hard to play, especially for the young players.
Today our attack and serving did not work as
it should.”
July 6
POL
CUB
3
0
25-23 25-20 25-23
POOL F - DAY 3
Isbel Mesa was one
of Cuba’s leading
blockers in the
Finals, but he also
collected 18 spikes
Yordan Bisset was, along with Wilfredo
León, one of Cuba’s top servers with eight
aces in the Finals – he got three against
Poland, along with 12 spikes and a block
Poland’s Zbigniew Bartman made a habit
of out-spiking everyone else during the
2012
World League, and the game
against Cuba was no exception
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FINALS HIGHLIGHTS
POOL
F