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Cuba lost to Germany in five sets at U18 Championship


SANTA FE, Argentina, August 19, 2017 – Elizabeth Vicet and Ailama Cese scored 24 and 21 points, respectively, but couldn’t give Cuba a victory over Germany in day two of the FIVB U18 Girls’ World Championship 2017.


Germany won 3-2 (25-22, 16-25, 22-25, 25-20, 15-10) as Lina Alsmeier and Emma Cyris contributed 21 and 19 points in the victory.


Russia claimed their second victory of the tournament after beating The United States 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-19) at the National Technological University Stadium.


Oxana Yakushina topped with 17 points and Polina Shemanova finished with 10 for the Russian team that dominated in services 10-1, five of them by Victoria Pushina and three by Yakushina. On the American side Logan Eggleston scored 13 units as their most productive player.


Also in Rosario, using their usual recipe of super-defensive volleyball, Japan earned their second win of the competition, a solid 3-0 (25-20, 25-8, 25-19) over Dominican Republic, led by the 12-point game of Haruna Soga. 


Although Soga was the only player in the entire game to have double figures in her account, she was well joined by Yuki Nishikawa and Yuri Takayanagi, both with 7 points apiece. Natalia Martinez was the main contributor to the Dominican scoring force, completing 9 points.


Belarus reached their second victory in Pool B. The Belarusian team defeated Mexico in three sets by 25-19, 25-20 and 25-14 with Vera Kastsiuchyk as their best scorer with a total of 12 points, including 5 aces.


Once again, services have been the key for several teams. This time the pupils of Natalia Melianuk overpassed Mexico 9-1, and 8-4 in blocks.


Hanna Hryshkevich scored 11 for the team that has become the sweet surprise of the competition after outplaying Brazil in their debut.