Volleyball: Brazil retain world title, after win over Cuba

Brazil captured their third consecutive men’s world volleyball championship after beating Cuba in straight sets on Sunday.

The final, touted as the old versus the young, experience versus physical strength, talents versus talents, turned out like a practice game for Brazil, who overwhelmed the young Cuban team to retain their title in style with a 25-22, 25-14, 25-22 victory. Brazil’s Leandero Vissott scored a match-high 19 points, converting 57 percent of his attacks into points. Amaral added eight points to the victory. Bruno set Brazil to a 54 percent conversion rate on attacks, as the team had just 11 hitting miscues.

Cuba were paced by Leon’s 15 points, while Leal added nine in the defeat. Brazil held an 8-4 advantage in blocks and took advantage of 27 Cuban errors, yahoo.sports reports. “Today’s match was our worst in the tournament, we couldn’t do anything,” said Cuba’s captain Robertlandy Simon. “We tried to serve harder and that didn’t work. Brazil played great.”

Cuba’s coach Orlando Samuel Coach blamed his side’s loss on tiredness.

“The team was tired and we didn’t recover from last night,” he said. “We have played four matches of five sets and that’s a lot. But I am very happy and proud of my team. We went over all of our expectations and goals,” he added.

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