The Lithuanian capital of Vilnius played host to volleyball teams from seven nations on June 19 to 24.
USSR V. JAPAN: (USSR IN RED):
1. GV & SVs USSR on right serving to Japan. USSR win point (3 shots) 0.12
2. SV & GV Japan serve, USSR win point (2 shots) 0.27
3. GV & SV USSR serve and win point after rally (3 shots) 0.44
4. SV PAN USSR serve and win point and match (4 shots) 1.09
5. SV Scoreboard 1.11
CUBA V. USSR (2ND TEAM): (CUBA IN BLUE):
6. USSR on right serve to Cuba. Cuba win point after rally (2 shots) 1.27
7. SV PAN USSR serve and after short rally win point (2 shots) 1.40
8. SV Scoreboard 1.41
9. SV & GV PAN Cuba serve and win match by blocking smash. Umpire signals end of match. Players congratulate (5 shots) 2.00
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Background: VILNIUS, USSR
The Lithuanian capital of Vilnius played host to volleyball teams from seven nations on June 19 to 24. The Savvin Memorial international men's competition drew teams from Canada, Japan, Finland, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Cuba, as well as two teams from the Soviet Union itself. Cuba emerged as the eventual winners, causing an upset by beating the Soviets for the first time ever. The Russians played Japan, winners of the Asian Games, winning 15-12. Cuba beat the Soviet Union number two team 15-10 to win the competition, pushing them into third place, with the Soviet number one team second, and Japan fourth. The surprise of the event was the performance of the Soviet number two team, who are all under 21 years old. They managed to defeat the experienced Japanese three-nil. But it was the Cubans, with their improved mobility and effective striking from the three metre zone, who proved too strong for their opponents, adding another tournament to their 1983 wins in the World Cup, Pan American Games and the Universiad.