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World Grand Prix 2003 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Japan beat Cuba 3-2 (18-25, 25-18, 25-20, 19-25, 15-13) - duration 1.48
26-Jul, start time: 15.07, end time: 16.55 - Attendance: 250
Japan wins again
Cuba starts well but it gets subdued immediately by the Japanese reaction.
The Japanese reaction always starts with Oyama that at the end of the match will be one of the top-scorers with Takahashi, ready to exploit the great performance of the setters.
About the Cuban team, instead, the usual Mestre keeps alive the Cuban hopes and it appeared evident especially in the fourth set of the game when Ruiz and their mates could put in a perfect equilibrium the match exploiting especially the attacks, which were, actually, good only in this part of the match.
In the fifth set, instead, the immediate recovery of the Japanese players becomes a problem for the Cuban defence. So the defeat was inevitable.