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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Russia beat Spain 3-2 (23-25, 25-22, 26-28, 25-16, 15-13) - duration 2:07
05-Oct, start time: 17:10, end time: 19:17 - Attendance: 2,400
Enormous Russian effort needed to dismiss spirited Spanish team.
The match started evenly with few errors from either team and effective counterattacking from both sides of the net. Spain stayed well focused and this was reflected on a 90% reception effectiveness, which coupled with some unforced Russian mistakes, inclined the first set in favor of Spain.
Spain then took the lead in the second set and held fast until the 22nd point. Russia offered resistance through Pavel Abramov and Serguei Tetioukhines' attacking efficiency (66.7%) but eventually it was the superior Russian blocking that made the difference and allowed them to level at one-all
The third set's highlight was the setting of Cosme Prenafeta's who did an excellent job distributing to the Spanish attackers. They played harmoniously and went on the take the third set.
During the fourth set Russia played much more concentrated and made a 6 point difference mainly through excellent service. The Russians performed neatly, dominated completely and forced the tiebreaker.
The tiebreaker was full of emotions and expectation with intensive volleyball and commitment from both sides. But the courageousness of the Spanish team just wasn't enough to master the 2002 World League winner. The Russians played clever and effective volleyball to win the match and validate their candidate tag.
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