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FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2006
 
Match Description
 
Cuba take frustration out on helpless Egypt
 

November 3, Nagoya: Cuba recovered from a second day defeat to Serbia and Montenegro as they made short work of Egypt in Pool D.
The Cubans were looking to take out their frustration from Wednesday's loss to the eastern Europeans, and Egypt, beginning their campaign with two defeats, were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The Caribbeans took just 16 minutes to win the opening set 25-9, unleashing their power spikers straight from the off.
Egypt had no answer to the threat of Rosir Calderon coming in from the left flank, and Yanelis Santos and Nancy Carrillo at the net.
Abd El Fattah Sherihan offered the Africans some hope with well-taken points, but it was inevitable that Cuba would reach set point sooner or later.
In the end it came sooner, but even though Carrillo's long serve gave Egypt a chance to reduce the deficit, the resulting serve into the net gave Cuba the first set.
The Cubans were clearly in the mood to maintain their ferocious tempo, and tore into the Egyptian defence immediately after the restart.
A fine Nada Nassef spike found a way through the Cuban blockers, but a defensive mix-up on the next point betrayed a lack of experience among the young Egyptian team.
Yaima Ortiz had replaced Calderon on the left, and was proving just as effective.
But more good play by Abd El Fattah brought the score back to 10-4.
Daimi Ramirez made sure Egypt's resurgance reached no further, and Calderon reappeared to inflict further damage.
Carrillo's height at the net was proving a problem for Egypt's attack, and it was the number 3 who produced the block to bring up set point.
Carrillo then missed the opportunity to seal it with a spike wide, but Calderon had no such problems at the next time of asking.
Ingy El Shamar produced a brilliantly subtle touch at the net to make sure Cuba did not run away at the start of the third set.
But the size of the task they were facing was underlined when Dina Youssef could only parry a giant shot from the Cubans, only to see Yenisei Gonzalez waiting to smash home the rebound.
Egypt went into the first TTO trailing by only a point at 8-7, and Menna Allah Mohamed gave a hint that the Africans were growing into the match with a good spike at the net.
But power play by Gonzalez, among others, took Cuba closer to match point.
Kenia Carcases and Liana Mesa came off the bench as Cuba flexed their muscles, but it was another substitute, Rachel Sanchez, that brought Cuba to match point.
Egypt repelled one attack, but Mona Badawy could not return Ortiz's cross-court smash, and Cuba's title bid was back on the rails.