On Friday, Serbia and Cuba to kicked off the weekend. After Serbian FIVB Hero Sasa Starovic led his team to the win of the first set, it was Wilfredo who brought Cuba back on track for a 3-1 (20-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-23) win.
„I think the game was of a high quality, tough and tense. Serbia did not let us relax”, Cuba’s 18-year-old captain and topscorer summarized.
Friday’s second match featured even three FIVB Heroes. Russia’s star Maxim Mikhaylov faced Kunihiro Shimizu and Tatsuya Fukuzawa from Japan. Both opposites, Shimizu and Mikhaylov topped the score for their teams, but only Maxim could celebrate a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-22) victory.
On Saturday, even heroic performances by FIVB Heroes Tatsuya and Kunihiro, who finished almost three quaters of Japan’s attacks were not enough. Wilfredo led his team once more in scoring and his team clinched another 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-21) win.
Day two’s second match saw a fantastic battle between host Russia and the Serbs. In a highly dramatic match, Maxim delighted the Russian homecrowd and Russia took revenge for last week’s loss against Serbia and Sasa 3-2 (25-21, 21-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12).
The third and last day started with Serbia taking on Japan. All FIVB Heroes were given some rest. But when the match was tied at two sets a piece, Serbia’s coach decided to put Sasa on the court to decide the match. Sasa didn’t disappoint, and Serbia won 3-2 (23-25, 25-19, 19-25, 25-19, 15-10).
The last match in Kaliningrad between Russia and Cuba became a battle between Maxim and Wilfredo. Both combined 43 points, including five aces. In the end it was Wilfredo to cheer a 3-1 (23-25, 22-25, 26-24, 20-25) win.