Point, set, match – France with first victory

This weekend in Pool D brouught the first win in 2011 World League for France and the first defeat for Italy in the same time. Cuba didn’t give chances to Korea.



Pool D, weekend 4
Italy vs. France 1-3 (25:21, 30:32, 23:25, 22:25) and 3-1 (25:20, 18:25, 25:22, 25:17)

The meeting between leader and the last team in the classification could be expected to be boring and to end quickly. Nothing more wrong! After all, the French team showed a good level of game in the last two matches with Cuba. In the first match in Messina they forced their opponents exposing a decline in their physical form. – I dreamt this beautiful victory! – said after the match French coach, Philippe Blain. – I’m convinced that we can finish well in the World League. However, one day later in Catania in front of nearly 5.000 fans, the Italian team took revenge after an exciting and tight match. In both matches Italy played with Gabriele Maruotti instead of captain Cristian Savani, who was injured last week. Top scorers are still the same: Michal Lasko from the Italian side who scored in sum 41 points in both games and Antonin Rouzier from France with 48 points in sum.

Nothing changes in the classification. Italy is leading with 19 points, France is closing the table with 4 points.

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Korea vs. Cuba 0-3 (20:25, 22:25, 20:25) and (0-3 23:25, 13:25, 18:25)

Before this weekend Korea was second in the standings above Cuba. Their positions has changed just after the first match between both teams. At the beginning it was a quite tied match, both teams made some unforced errors. Later it was Cuba that took control and maintained it to the last ball – they found gaps in the Korean defense and stopped effectively their attempts in attack (14 efficient blocks of Cuba in the entire match). Top scorers of this match were Wilfredo Leon and Henry Bell from Cuba with 16 points both. The second match was close only in the first set won by Cuba 25:23. The guests dominated Korea especially with strong serves and high, fast attacks, in the face of which they had no chances.

Korea’s coach, Park Ki-Won, said: “We just realized that the world level of volleyball is higher than us again. Our players did their best, but the Cuban team was stronger than yesterday. Korea wanted to show a better performance and produce a better result than yesterday for their fans. But, actually it was not easy to defeat Cuba.”

In the standings Cuba is just behind the leading Italy with 15 points, Korea is on the third position with 10 points.

Next weekend (June, 24th and 26th) Italy will host Korea and Cuba will be a guest of France (June, 26th and 29th).

Source: FIVB

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