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2010 Boys' Youth Olympic Games
21 - 26 August 2010

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Cuba win exciting battle over Argentina

Cuba block Argentina as the two sides clashed on Sunday
Singapore, Singapore, August 22, 2010 - Cuba scored a 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-23) win over Argentina in their first match of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore on Sunday.
In the first set, Cuba trailed as late as 20-19, but then scored four consecutive points to claim the lead, and eventually the win.

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Cuba coach Rodolfo Sanchez did an excellent job motivating his players during his two timeouts in the second set. He called the first one with Argentina leading 11-8, and Cuba scored the next five points. He called the next timeout with Cuba trailing 22-20, and his team earned five of the next six points.

Argentina led for most of a thrilling third set. Coach Sanchez made another wise timeout for Cuba with his team trailing 21-18. After Sanchez talked to his team, they came out all guns blazing and scored seven of the next nine points. Wilfredo Leon had the game-winning kill for Cuba.

It was exhilarating watching Cuba’s Wilfredo Leon and lefty Carlos Araujo jump. Leon (355 cm) and Araujo (353 cm) proved that their listed highest spike-reaches were not myths, soaring well above the net to throw down powerful spikes.

Cuba will play against Iran on Monday at 18:00. Argentina concluded their two preliminary matches, so when they will next compete hinges on the result of Monday’s Cuba-Iran matchup.

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