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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

France beat Russia 3-1 (25-21, 25-21, 13-25, 25-12) - duration 1:39
30-Sep, start time: 18:10, end time: 19:49 - Attendance: 1,935
Fantastic France flies over Russia
France, the team coached by Philippe Blain defeated Russia in its second match of the Pool C of the 2002 Men's World Championship. Russia seems not to find the way to win and after the second straight defeat it is very complicated for the 2002 World League winner to classify for the second round.
In the beginning of the first set France did a great job in attacking with two points of the high jumping middle blocker Dominique Daquin. Due to this, France was leading at the first technical time out (8-7). The good reception of Stephane Antiga (100%) permits the French team to consolidate its attack. This gave France an important advantage of four points to win the set.
Although Russia improved its defense in the second set, France maintained its performance in the spike and reception. The serve of Frantz Granvorka (2 points) and the attacks of Laurent Capet (6 points) in this set broke the Russian defense and allowed France to take the second set as well.
Russia seemed to wake up in the third set, making its defense more solid and spiking efficiently with 100 percent until the first technical time of this set. France couldn't improve its game in this set at all and made a lot of unforced errors. Roman Iakovlev (5 points) and Andrei Egortchev (3 points) lead Russia to win its first set of this event.
Frantz Granvorka continued hitting successfully in the fourt set, while Russia lost its mind. France took advantage of the bad performance of the Russians and easily won the last set.
This result puts the World League winner in trouble, because the Russian Rockets have to wait for the results of the other five preliminary pool to see if the team will be qualified for the next round.
"It wasn't a surprise for me that we defeated Russia, because I think we played very well," the Frence libero Hubert Henno said. "Beating Russia is an important victory, because that team is a candidate to win the tournament."
Franz Granvorka was with 18 points the best scorer.
/ajm