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Egypt and Cuba debuteb Friday at the Sports City Arena in Havana. The two teams compete in Group C which also includes Russia and Serbia. Cuba won 3-1.

The Cuban squad is a mix of rookies and veterans who played three tune-up games recently in Bulgaria (which will compete in Group D), where they tied twice and lost once.

Cuba beat the Egyptians last year in each of four matches. Half of the African countrys team has players measuring over two meters tall with an average age of 26.

In other matches on the leagues opening day, Canada plays Finland in Ontario and Poland meets China in Lodz.

The World Volleyball League games will be broadcast to five continents and to an estimated 730 million potential viewers by 16 networks and 33 TV channels, including Cubas TeleRebelde.

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