Brazil comes back to defeat Cuba at U23
CAIRO, Egypt, August 21, 2017 - Brazil staged a thrilling
comeback from two sets down at 1-3 to beat Cuba 4-3 (13-15,
15-13, 11-15, 11-15, 15-11, 15-8, 15-12) here Monday, remain
unbeaten in four matches, and secure a ticket to the semifinals
of the 2017 FIVB Men's U23 World Championship.
Brazil went 4-0, claiming not just their ticket to the
semifinals, but also securing first place in Pool A, which means
they avoid the first-ranked team of Pool B. Cuba dropped to 2-2
and remain very much in contention for the second qualifying
spot from Pool A.
This was the third seven-setter of the competition, after Egypt
beat Japan and China edged Turkey on the opening day.
Matheus Bispo dos Santos scored 19 points for Brazil, but Cuba's
Miguel Lopez with 21 was top scorer of the game.
Poland cruised past Mexico in straight sets (15-8, 15-8, 15-10,
15-10) to win their second match in Pool A.
Poland improved their win- loss ratio to 2/1 in 3 matches, while
Mexico dropped 0-3. Poland dominated the match in areas of
serving and blocking that made the game easier for the winners.
Poland had 11-4 dominance in blocking and 7-0 in Ace service
All matches in Cairo are played under a new scoring system
currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.