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Cuba finish off Japan with 3-1 victory


Cepeda Rolando attacks as he helped his team overcome Japan

Kaliningrad, Russia, June 23, 2012 – Cuba continued their spectacular season in the 2012 FIVB World League, defeating Japan 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-21) to collect their seventh victory in eight matches in Kaliningrad, Russia on Saturday.

The best scorer for Cuba was Cepeda Rolando with 19 points, while Shimizu Kunihiro tallied 17 for Japan.

Both teams started the first set very determined and Japan reached the first TTO ahead 8-6, thanks to a strong attack. Cuba’s poor serve and defending was put on show and Orlando Samuels requested a timeout, but the team didn’t respond and were five points behind Japan by the second TTO. Cuba continued to try to come back into the game and eventually managed to level the score at 20-20, but a furious attack from Japan granted them the first set.

An excellent attack by Cuba gave them supremacy in the very beginning of the second set and they led the game by the first TTO. Cuba rarely gave Japan an opportunity to fight back and stayed well-focused, prevailing by a six point margin. Tatsuya Ueta gathered his time for the second time at 10-18, but the gap was too big to overcome.

The third set was balanced in the beginning, but slowly Cuba started to gain the lead, until they had a three point advantage by the first TTO. A spike from Mesa Sandobal Isbel from Cuba helped his team to maintain the advantage 16-13 by the second TTO. Japan made some substitutions, but despite the efforts from their spikers, Cuba picked up the set.

In the fourth Japan seemed to be recharged and managed to make the score even at 8-8 and 11-11 before Cuba gathered for a timeout. They were three points up at the second TTO (13-16) and it was Mesa Sandobal Isbel who sealed the set and the match 21-25.


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