Cuba outclass Brazil for Men’s U23 Bronze
EL CAIRO, Egypt, August 25, 2017 - Cuba won the bronze medal at
the 2017 FIVB Men's U23 World Championship here on Friday,
outclassing Brazil 4-1 (18-16, 15-13, 15-13, 20-22, 15-11) as
the last day of the competition got underway.
Cuba could had done it the easy
way with a straight sweep, had they taken advantage of a 14-12
lead (back from 10-12 down) in the fourth and a total of four
Brazil had also missed a chance
to take a 1-0 lead when they blew a set point at 16-15 in the
first, before Cuba took control to take it on their own third.
But the South Americans, winners
of the inaugural edition of the U23 Worlds in 2013, were clearly
disappointed and seem to lack motivation after their semifinal
defeat in seven sets to Russia on Thursday. Brazil had been
undefeated all through pool play, including a 4-3 win over Cuba
earlier in the week.
It was Cuba's first medal in the
short history of the competition - an improvement on their
fourth-place finish of 2015 in Dubai.
Cuba dominated the blocking and
served four aces to Brazil's one, with Miguel Gutierrez scoring
19 points and Miguel Lopez adding another 16. Brazil's Douglas
Souza was top scorer of the game with 22 points.
All matches in Cairo are played under a new scoring system
currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.