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  • 11 / 20 / 2006

Cubarocked Australia in three straight sets here on Sunday to gain their first victory at the 2006 men's volleyball World Championship.

It took Cuba 75 minutes to take the win in the tournament with 25-15, 25-19, 25-20.

Pouto Raydel Corrales scored 15 points for Cuba while Speck Odelvys Dominico had 13, Bozhuleva Michael Sanchez and Allen Pavel Pimienta each added 10.

Igor Yudin had 12 points to lead the Australia team, but not good enough to help his team win the match.

"No doubt they (Cuba) were superior in every aspect of the game. Cuba are clearly a world-class team and you have to be the best to be competitive. Unfortunately, our players weren't mentally focused ." said Russell Borgeaud, head coach of Australia.

Cuba lost to Brazil and Germany in the previous games and head coach Roberto Garcia said he was coaching a young team and it was hard to maintain their performance in a stable level.

"Our team is very young with not so much experiences. So their mental strength changes every day. Today they played like world champions and tomorrow they may play useless." said Garcia.

"I hope we could show the same strength when we against Greece." added Garcia.

Cuba will play Greece on Tuesday, while Australia to clash with defending champion Brazil.

Source: Xinhua


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