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China beats Cuba 3-1 at world women's volleyball championship
Latest Updated by 2006-11-16 14:47:40

Chinese players celebrate their victory after the match against Cuba at the Women's Volleyball World Championships in Osaka, western Japan, Nov. 15, 2006. China won 3-1. (Xinhua Photo)

Olympic champions China beat the Olympic bronze medallists Cuba 26-24, 25-21, 26-28, 25-20 here on Wednesday to enter the fifth place play-off of the 2006 women'svolleyball World Championships.

Overcoming a slow start in the first two sets, Cuba played an impressive counter-attack in the third set.

"The Cuba team prepared quite well before the match. They are one of the strongest teams in the world," said China head coach Chen Zhonghe, "They played hard but they made many mistakes."

Cuba made 35 mistakes during the one hour 33 minutes match, while China had 17.

Coming back from two sets down, the Cuba women showed their nerve and clawed back in the third as they battled the Chinese for tie from 1-all to 21-all.

After losing four set points, Luaces Yumika Ruiz drove the ball home to give Cuba a laudable win.

The fourth set was also hotly contested. Trailing 14-18, Cuba came back with a 5-1 run and tied the game 19-19.

But Wang Yimei and Xu Yunli combined to score four points for China to finish the match with a 6-1 run.

"It was an important game for both teams because we all want to enter the fifth place play-off, but today we lacked concentration on the court." said Luis Calderon, head coach of Cuba.

China will face the winner between the Netherlands and host Japan, which will be held later on Wednesday, to decide the fifth place of the tournament.

Editor: Donald

By: Source:China View website
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