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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

France beat Tunisia 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 25-17, 25-11) - duration 1:35
29-Sep, start time: 18:10, end time: 19:45 - Attendance: 2,100
France started World Championship with difficult victory over Tunisia
France defeated Tunisia in the first match of the Pool C played at the Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires. The French team is leading this group now and will play against title favorite Russia on Monday.
The first set began very imprecise for both teams, but with the attacks of Dominique Daquin France took a lead at the first technical time out (8-5). Tunisia improved its reception with an 83% of Noureddine Hfaiedh, however France continued spiking well with 4 points of Laurent Capet and Stephane Antiga. Due to these scores, France got the first set.
In the beginning of the second set Tunisia took a three points lead thanks to two successful spikes of Khaled Belaid. Tunisia kept leading until the second technical time out, although the French libero Hubert Henno was with an 100 percent score excellent in reception. The 5 points of Franz Granvorka in the French attack were not enough. Tunisian Noureddine Hfaiedh scored 8 points and that allowed Tunisia to win the second set surprisingly.
France won the third set basing its game in the reception of Antiga (100%). On the other hand, the team coached by the Italian Giacobbe couldn't close the gap despite of some great spikes of Hfaiedh. This permitted France to get the set with a good performance of Luc Marquet who scored 6 points in this set.
During the first points of the fourth set, France could take an important advantage with four points with its blocks. The Tunisia's team efforts wasn't enough and France continued playing without mistakes in its game and finally won the match.
Laurent Capet of France said: "In the beginning of the match we played bad, because it was our debut in the tournament, but then we improved our game."
Tunisian Noureddine Hfaiedh was the best scorer of the match with 17 points.