Again to the Limit

Against Japan this time, the Cuban men's volleyball squad again showed many ups and downs in its game, and it cost them having to do their utmost to subjugate the Nipponese

By: Raiko Martín

Email: raiko@juventudrebelde.cu

2016-06-20 | 16:47:22 EST
The auxiliary attacker Osmany Uriarte was the offensive leader against the Japanese.
The auxiliary attacker Osmany Uriarte was the offensive leader against the Japanese. Photo: FIVBZoom
After securing another win in five sets against the Japanese hosts, the Cuban men’s volleyball squad spent the early hours of today ending up as unbeaten leader of its group on the second level of this World League, and to do that must it must beat Finland, who already has a cross amongst its wins.
 
As in their earlier presentation, led by Rodolfo Sanchez again they showed many ups and downs in their game, and it cost them having to do their utmost to subjugate the Nipponese with sets of 27-25, 21-25, 16-25, 30 -28 and 15-11. Such was the confusion at times in the Cuban that the strategist had to lay hands on the bench in full, and use many of the new figures, like the centre Luis Tomas Sosa (17 points) and the auxiliary Osmany Uriarte, who finished as the top scorer with 24 points.
 
On the other side of the net, the stellar Kunihiro Shimizu was the reference with 19 points, and Yuta Yoneyama added a similar figure, author of three of the only four blocks manufactured by the home team.
 
In the other match of the day, Finland also needed to reach the deadline to beat South Korea with markers 25-22, 25-20, 27-29, 19-25 and 19-17.
 
With these results, Cuba and Japan have accumulated four points, two more than the Finns and South Koreans.
 
Translated by ESTI

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