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WL M: Cuba one win away from Finals

by WoV
source: fivb.org

Pool A will be wrapped up by Cuba if they defeat hosts Serbia in Novi Sad on Thursday by either 3-0 or 3-1. The victory will put them on 26 points, too far ahead for the chasing Serbs, who would need to win all three of their matches within four sets and hope Cuba fail to pick up a point.

Cuba-Serbia

Cuba Serbia

Defending champions Russia are already out of the tournament having not accumulated enough points to reach top spot or be classed as one of the best second-placed sides. They will be playing for nothing but glory this weekend.

However, Japan will be looking to add a few precious points to their haul if they want to avoid the World League playoffs. They currently sit on three points but will be keeping an eye on Portugal’s results in Pool D and Korea’s in Pool C. They are currently in a dangerous position so will want to clinch at least a win to give them a fighting chance of surviving.

Key facts

Cuba are yet to lose to Japan in the World League, winning 11 matches in total

Cuba need a minimum of three points to guarantee themselves a place in Sofia

Russia became the first defending champions to fail to qualify for the Finals last weekend

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