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Cuba Hands U.S. Team First Loss

July 26, 1996

ATLANTA (AP) _ Bryan Ivie’s spike attempt hit the net out-of-bounds marker on match point in the fifth-set tiebreaker and the U.S. men’s Olympic volleyball team lost to rival Cuba Thursday night.

The high-flying Cubans (3-0) came on after being routed in the first set to win 4-15, 15-9, 14-16, 15-8, 18-16 and remain the only unbeaten team in Pool A. Team USA (2-1) hadn’t lost a set in its first two matches.

The fifth set used rally scoring, in which a point is scored on every serve. The Americans held off one match point by the Cubans and Ivie was serving for the win at 16-15, but Osvaldo Hernandez spiked the ball for the 11th tie in the set.

Joel Despaigne had a cross-court kill for a 17-16 Cuba lead before Ivie swatted the ball into the antenna that marks out of bounds.

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