Cuba Faces Italy in Volleyball Do-or-Die

HAVANA TIMES, July 23 — The Cuban Men’s Team lost a hard fought match to Russia on Thursday night three sets to two in World Volleyball League final round action in Cordoba, Argentina.  Tonight the Cubans play Italy in a do-or-die match to advance to the semifinals.

The Russians, which defeated Italy on Wednesday, also 3-2, won a thriller over Cuba (23-25, 25-14, 25-20, 22-25, 15-13).

In the other group, Brazil defeated Serbia 3-2 (21-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-20, 16-14) and guaranteed a semifinal slot.  Serbia plays host Argentina tonight for the other position.