|Cuban Volleyball Team Leaves for Japan Tuesday|
|Written by ACN|
|Tuesday, 15 May 2012 08:41|
HAVANA, Cuba.-Cuba's men's volleyball team leaves for Hamamatsu, Japan, Tuesday, the venue for the beginning of pool A matches of the 23rd World Volleyball League, scheduled for May 18-20.
According to the event's website, Cubans will open the contest against the host team on the opening day, and it will later play Serbia, on the 19th, and Russia, the 20th.
The following preliminary phases for pool A will take place in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from June 15-17; Kaliningrado, Russia, from 22 to 24, and Novi Sad, Serbia, from 28 to 30.
The rest of the groups are made up of Canada, Finland, Brazil and Poland (B), beginning in Toronto; United States, France, South Korea and Italy (C-Florence), and Bulgaria, Argentina, Portugal and Germany (D-Frankfurt).
Sofia, the Bulgaria capital city will welcome the final stage of the tournament. The winners of each pool (4), the best runners-up of all pools (1) and Bulgaria (1) qualify for the Finals.
In case Bulgaria win their pool, then the winners of each pool (4) and the two best runners-up of all pools (2) qualify for the Finals.
The six teams will be split into two pools of three each. After pool matches (July 4-6), the two top teams will advance to the semifinals. In the Final Four (July 7-8), the first of each pool will meet the second ofthe other pool in crossed semifinals. The winners of the two semis will play for the FIVB Volleyball World League 2012 title whilst losers will play for the 3rd place of the competition.