Cuba seek redemption in 3-2 loss to Kazakhstan


• Cuba and Kazakhstan will meet for the sixth time at the World Grand Prix. Cuba won their first three meetings (3-0, 3-0, 3-1) but Kazakhstan were victorious the last two times (3-1, 3-2).
• In their match last weekend, Cuba outscored Kazakhstan 103 to 99 but still lost in five sets.
• Cuba also had more spikes (57 to 39) and blocks (13 to 9) but made more errors (41 to 24).
• Cuba won their encounter with Kazakhstan at the 2010 World Championship in five sets.

• Cuba won two of their three matches last weekend, beating Australia and Algeria in straight sets before losing 3-2 to Kazakhstan.
• Their two wins in 2015 are already as many wins as in their previous 26 World Grand Prix matches combined.
• They have lost their last five World Grand Prix matches that went to five sets, since a 3-2 win against Korea in 2012.
• Melissa Teresa Vargas Abreu scored 23 points (including 19 spikes) in Cuba's last match against Kazakhstan. Both are a 2015 World Grand Prix high for a single match so far.

• Kazakhstan are on a perfect three-from-three at the 2015 World Grand Prix, beating Algeria and Australia in straight sets before beating Cuba 3-2. 
• Their streak of three consecutive wins is already a team record at the World Grand Prix. Their previous record of two was set in 2014 and also included a straight set win over Algeria. 
• Since the start of the 2014 World Grand Prix, Kazakhstan have won six of their 11 matches. They had won just three of all their 36 matches before.
• Sana Anarkulova has scored 43 points at the 2015 World Grand Prix, only trailing Peru's Angela Leyva (50) and Cuba's Melissa Teresa Vargas Abreu (48).


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