Cuba edges Japan to complete sweep in week one of FIVB's Grand Prix
The recently-crowned Pan American Games champions recovered from one set down in two occasions to win 20-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20 and 15-13 in one hour, 49 minutes and thus finished with a perfect 3-0 win-loss record over the weekend after victories over the Dominican Republic and Kazakhstan on Friday and Saturday.
Daimi Ramirez led the Cuban attack with 21 points while Yumilka Ruiz and Nancy Carrillo contributed 18 and 17 units, respectively.
In other results, in Verona, Italy, Brazil edged the host team in five sets to remain unbeaten after easy triumphs over Chinese Taipei and the Netherlands while Italy dropped to 2-1.
Meanwhile, in Poland, Russia finished atop their group with a 3-1 victory over the local squad in spite of their 0-3 loss to the United States in their debut last Friday. On Saturday, they defeated China in four sets.
The second weekend of the Grand Prix is scheduled for Tokyo (Pool D: Brazil, Chinese Taipei, the Netherlands and Japan), Khabarovsk, Russia (Pool E: Cuba, Kazakhstan, United States and Russia) and Hong Kong, China (Pool F: Italy, Dominican Republic, Poland and China).
Source: PRensa Latina