Hamamatsu, Japan, May 18, 2012 - Cuba sent out a message to Pool A rivals Serbia and Russia on Friday as they saw off hosts Japan in straight-sets (25-22, 28-26, 25-20) to seal their first win of the 2012 FIVB World League.

Japan had never beaten Cuba in World League play before, losing all eight of their contests going into this match. To the disappointment of the home crowd, Cuba made it nine straight victories, despite Japan giving them a rough ride at times, especially through star player Tatsuya Fukuzawa.