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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Russia beat Greece 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-21) - duration 1:17
09-Oct, start time: 18:40, end time: 19:57 - Attendance: 4,040
Russians Rockets reach semifinal
World League champion Russia defeated Greece in the quarterfinal of the 2002 Men's World Championship played at the Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires. The Russians Rockets have to wait who will be the opponent in Friday's semifinal. The Olympic silver medallist will meet the winner of Argentina and France..
The beginning of the match was very equal. Greece had to play the first set without its best player Tontor Baev, who was injured during the warming up. The Greek team was leading until the second technical time out thanks to five points of captain Marios Gkiourdas. Then Russia changed the way of the match and won the first set due to Roman Iakovlev's spike (five points) and Pavel Abramov's reception (75 %).
The second set showed that Russia was more concentrated in its defense game. The Russian wing spiker, Roman Iakovlev (four points) was the big attacker and Sergei Tetoiukhine (100%) did a great job in the reception . Although Tontor Baev , who recovered quickly from the small injury, made five points in spiking, Greece couldn't keep up with Russia. The Russian team, coached by Guennadi Chapuoline, also got the second set.
In the third set Russia took an early advantage. Even though Greece could level at 17-17 thanks to Marios Gkiourdas (67% in the reception) and the spikes of Tontor Baev (five points), Russia got the last set thanks to Pavel Abramov (75% in the attacks)
Russian best scorer of the game was Roman Iakovlev with 12 points
/ajm