Cuba 12th, Russia Champ in Women’s VB

By Circles Robinson

HAVANA TIMES, Nov. 14 — Cuba lost to the Netherlands in straight sets (32-30, 25-23 y 25-17) to finish in 12th place at the Women’s Volleyball Championship in Japan.  Meanwhile Russia came from behind to upset Brazil in five sets (21-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 15-11) to win the title.

The “Morenas del Caribe”, highly popular at home in Cuba, had hoped to finish among the top teams but errors and inconsistent play during the tournament made that impossible in the highly competitive event.

Cuba coach Juan Carlos Gala said after the match: “I think the deciding factor of the match was the first set, when we were up 24-20 and couldn’t win it. We were not the same after that. We had receiving problems and it didn’t work as we planned. Besides that, the Netherlands team did a very good job,” reported the World Volleyball Federation website.

In the match for third place also on Sunday, host Japan erased a two set to one deficit and defeated the United States 3-2 (18-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 15-8.).

Italy had an easy time with Turkey to capture 5th place (25-23, 25-20, 25-21); Germany took seventh place defeating Serbia 3-1 (20-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-23), and Poland blanked China (25,23, 25-21, 25-22)



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day
Picture 1 of 1

End of the Trip, Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba.  By Diurbys Ledsma Paulet (Mayabeque, Cuba).  Camera: Samsung J7

Submit your pictures to our Photo of the Day section
You don’t have to be a professional photographer, just send an image (in black and white or color), with a photo caption indicating where it was taken (city and country), type of camera or cell you used, and a small description about it.
Note: it is better for our format if you send horizontal orientation pictures. Even square will work but vertical is a problem.
Send your picture with your name and birth country, or where you reside, to this email address: [email protected]