Tijuana, Mexico, July 16, 2009 – Germany defeated Chinese Taipei 25-13, 25-23, 25-21 in first match of Pool B in the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship. The Europeans outscored their opponents 13-3 and 10-4 in the aces and blocking categories respectively.
German Sarah Petrausch had a match-high 17 points, including five aces and three blocks, and Berit Kauffeldt and Anja Brandt each contributed 10 points. Chen Shih Ting led Chinese Taipei with 16 points.
In the first set, Germany opened up an 8-3 gap thanks to the spikes of Kauffeldt and Weihenmaier. A couple of thunder hits by Petrausch followed by three consecutive aces of Mollers widened up the margin to 13-5. The set continued on the same path with the German’s serves causing damage. One ace by Brandt finished it 25-13.
The second was more balanced as teams went to the first TTO with Germany ahead 8-6 relying on the spikes and blocks of Petrausch and Kauffeldt. But at 10-8, Brandt and Weihenmaier parlayed spikes followed by Mollers’s two more aces for a 14-8 advantage. Chinese Taipei started to block better and narrowed the difference to 23-22 with the attacks of Chen Wan Ting and Chen Shih Ting. One spike by Petrausch sent Germany to set-point and teams traded mistakes to finish 25-23.
In the third set, Germany took a slight 8-7 lead as Chen Shih Ting kept her side close with her spikes and serves. The Asian team went into a quicker pace and took the lead 16-14 at the second pause with the same Chen taking care of the offense. Germany then started a 3-0 rally to take a 17-16 advantage and never stopped winning 25-21 with the late offense provided by Mollers and Petrausch.