Cuba’s 3-2 (24-26, 25-16, 21-25, 26-24, 15-13) win over the hosts mean they top Pool A and book their place in Sofia, Bulgaria for the Finals. However, Russia became the first ever defending World League champions to fail to reach the Finals after their 3-2 (20-25, 24-26, 25-19, 25-17, 15-11) win over the Japanese only gave them two points when they needed three from every game this weekend.
“I want to congratulate my players for reaching the Final Tournament because we didn’t think that we would do it this year, because frankly speaking, Serbia and Russia are two of the best teams in the world,” Cuba coach Orlando Samuels said. “As for the match, no matter who plays on the court it is always very difficult to play against Serbia. Of course, we are very happy with this victory, it was a good and unpredictable match that both teams could have won.”