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Cuba down reigning champions Brazil to cause huge sensation

 
Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 15, 2017 – Cuba outplayed reigning champions Brazil 4-1 (15-12, 9-15, 15-10, 17-15, 16-14) in an hour and 16 minutes on Friday night to destroy Brazil’s hope for a semifinal spot here at the 2017 FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship. Thus, Bulgaria booked the last semifinal spot from Pool B with one win and two points more than the titleholders.

All matches in Ljubljana are played under a new scoring system currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.

Cuba, on the other hand, finish fourth in Pool B to stay in the competition for the 5-8 semifinals.  

Cuba’s Heidy Casanova Alvarez led the Caribbean with a match-high 23 kills, including one block and one ace while Edinara scored 17 winners for Brazil. Cuba had the edge in attacks (46-39), Brazil led the stats in blocking (11-9) and serving (5-1). However, the reigning champions committed more mistakes than Cuba (16-11).


Cuba enjoy their unexpected 4-1 win over reigning champions Brazil

The Caribbean jumped out for a 15-12 opening set win before Brazil bounced back in the second period to draw level. Outstanding Heidy Casanova Alvarez continued her power play in the third and fourth set while the young Brazilians could not find a system to stop her. Brazil saved three match balls in the end of the fifth set but eventually could not prevent the Cuban powerhouse to cause the biggest sensation so far in the tournament. Captain Diaris De La Caridad Perez ended it with a blistering winner from the right side.

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