Matsumoto, Japan, October 31, 2010 – The United States maintained their 100 per cent record in Group C at the World Championship on Sunday with a 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-17) victory over Germany at Matsumoto City Gymnasium. Germany fell to 2-1.
USA captured their third victory in as many outings in Pool C, moving one step closer to the second round of the competition
Logan Tom paced USA with 19 points including two blocks and two serving aces while Heather Bown added 10 points including three blocks. Margareta Kozuch and Corina Ssuschke registered 13 and 11 points respectively for the German side. The Americans out-blocked their opponents 14-5, Foluke Akinradewo leading the way with four.
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Germany got into their rhythm quickly with Margareta Kozuch slamming down four monster spikes early on, while the Americans struggled in all parts of their game. Coach Hugh McCutcheon had had enough by the time the score reached 11-6 and brought his players off for a pep talk. It had an immediate effect and three points later German coach Giovanni Guidetti had to do the same thing. A great block by Foluke Akinradewo on German big gun Kozuch brought the scores level at 15-15, but Ssuschke responded with a slick spike to give the Germans a one-point lead at the second technical timeout.
Then the game turned. Destinee Hooker's excellent crosscourt spike drew the teams level and put Tom on the serving line. She slammed down two un-returnable serves, while Heike Beier tripped and missed her shot on another point and the USA went three points clear at 19-16. Maren Brinker slammed a serve into the net to hand set-point to the Americans, who survived a scare when the gap narrowed to 24-23 after a miss by Akinradewo, but a decent spike by Hooker clinched the set.
There was nothing between the teams at the start of the second set. From 4-2 to 17-16 there was no more than a point difference. The US went two points up on a spike by Tom at 18-16 and four when Jordan Larson’s spike was returned wide. But the Germans clawed their way back into the game and were level at 23-23 when Ssuschke blocked Hooker. Ssuschke helped save one set-point, but her good work was ruined when Beier dunked her next serve into the net. Bown then blocked Brinker to put the Americans 2-0 up.
At the start of the third set it was back to scratching for points, with both sides blocking well and big, clean spikes few and far between. Three straight errors gave Germany a slight lead, but the Americans were giving little else away and a great block by Tom on Kozuch saw them back in front at 7-6. Tom, who had a big game, contributed three successive points and the Americans were four points ahead at 11-7. They then won five of the next eight points and were 16-10 ahead at the second TTO, with the Germans starting to lose control of their game.
Coach Guidetti took out star attacker Kozuch after two massive blocks by Tom, who then added a thunderous spike to put her team 20-13 up. Hooker contributed two thunderbolts, but Germany reduced the gap to five points before the irrepressible Tom put things right again with another mammoth crack. A long hit by Brinker brought up match-point and a block by Larson on Ssuschke ended proceedings.