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Germany defeats Cuba 3-1 at World League

Germany and Denis Kaliberda win also the second match versus Cuba in Bremen.

Bremen, Germany, June 23, 2013 – Following the first 2013 FIVB World League match between Germany and Cuba on Saturday, the German team came back Sunday to win 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 24-26, 25-23) to get their second win of the season.

Germany’s head coach Vital Heynen changed his team on four positions from Saturday, putting Patrick Steuerwald, Chirstian Fromm, Tim Broshog and Dirk Westphal in the starting six. But the Cubans also learned from their previous defeat, as Rolando Cepeda scored seven points and ensured a balanced result in the first set. In the end of the first set, however, it was the German team who took advantage of the disagreements in the Cuban defense to win 25-23.

In the second heat, Cuba took advantage of unforced errors, but the German serves found their way into the net and enabled a 14-10 leader. However, four blocks in a row turned the backlog into a 25-22 win for Germany.

After the second set defeat, Cuba tried to fight back in the third and was able to secure ther first three set points. The German team showed a constantly good performance, but the strong Cuban block and an ace of Cubans MVP Cepeda blocked the straight win for Germany.

Until the first technical time out Cuba led 8-7, but the German team wouldn't accept another defeat, and increased their attacks on the Cuban defense with strong serves. Similar to Saturday’s game, the German’s reception was the key to their success.

Nearly 2,200 spectators watched the exciting performance, including special guest. Mr. Wilfried Lemke, the UN General on Sport for Development and Peace.

Germany’s win allowed them to climb the ranks to the leading teams Russia and Italy with seven points.

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