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  • 11 / 01 / 2006

The Cuban women s volleyball team made its debut with victory over Turkey at the beginning of the World Championship hosted by several Japanese cities.

With this triumph in Nagoya, made in three sets of 25-20, 27-25 and 25-21, the pupils of trainers Luis Felipe Calderon and Eugenio George got even from the defeat suffered at the hands of Turkey in 2003 when they lost in five sets.

Now, three years later, the result was quite the opposite, and the Cubans were able to stop Turkey, in particular left-handed Darnel Neslihan (scored 14 points) and Natalia Hanikoglu (11), its best scorers.

Cuban blocking was efficient, and stopped the offensive of these two formidable players, while its serving blew away the other team in a combination of hard and soft serves.

This win places Cubans at the head of group D, above the Italian favorites who lost in four sets against Serbia and Montenegro.

Another two Latin American teams, Brazil and Peru won their games, while Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic finished with their heads down.

Peru, also in group D, ravaged Egypt in three sets, match in which Natalia Romanota (15) and Leyla Chihuan (11) were maximum scorers.

Brazilian women, led by trainer Jose Roberto Guimaraes, left no doubts and won 3-0 over Puerto Rico in a match corresponding to group C and held in Kobe.

Meanwhile, in group A (Tokyo), Costa Rica was swept by South Korea and in group B, playing in Sapporo, Mexicans and Dominicans could not even win one set against Russians and Germans, respectively.

The performance of Dominicans was disappointing.

Source: Prensa Latina

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