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Kenya falls to Cuba in FIVB World Cup opener

Kenya opened her campaign at the 2015 FIVB World Cup with a 3-1 (25-27, 23-25, 25-12 and 25-22) loss to Cuba in an entertaining contest played at the Yoyogi National Stadium gymnasium in Tokyo on Saturday morning.

Its a match Kenya could have won as they led in all the four sets only to giving away the advantage as a result of back court errors and sloppy services.

“We are not giving up. Losing one game doesn’t mean we have lost everything,” team captain Brackides Agala said during a post-match press conference.


Agala, Mercy Moim and Violet Makuto were the standout players for Kenya in the match that was watched by a capacity crowd of 10,000 fans.

Cuba started slowly, but the recovered midway through the opening with Gracia Gonzalez and the left-handed  Alvarez Jennifer leading the onslaught.

“We deserve to win because we made the least mistakes. My girls are a determined group and we are looking to build on this result,” Cuba coach Roberto Gracia said.

Kenya will next play the Dominican Republic in her second match on Sunday.