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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Russia beat France 3-2 (25-19, 16-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-9) - duration 2:01
11-Oct, start time: 18:40, end time: 20:41 - Attendance: 3,470
Russia moves to final after five sets victory over France
Russia defeated France and is the second finalist of the 2002 Men's World Championship. It took the Russian Rockets five sets to get rid of the French team. On Sunday, Russia will face Brazil. On Saturday, France will play against Yugoslavia for the third place.
In the first set, Russia reached the first technical time out leading 8-5 due to three French unforced errors. Russia maintained their good performance in reception 77% and with another six mistakes on the French side, the World League champion took a six points lead (22-16). In spite of ten spikes of Frantz Granvorka and Stéphane Antiga (five points each), Russia won the first set.
In the second set, Russia kept pressing with the serve, but the team coached by Guennadi Chipouline made five unforced errors and France took the lead (16-12). Due to the four points of Stéphane Antiga and the eight errors of Russia, France obtained the second set 25-16.
In the third set, Russia made less errors. Thanks to three blocks and five points of Serguei Tetioukhine, Russia reached the second technical time out at 16-8. The advantage diminished and in spite of bad Russian reception (26%). The Russians took the third set 25-20.
In the fourth set Russia had the best start, but with seven consecutive serves of Frantz Granvorka, France took the lead (12-8). The set stayed in French favor, even with the seven points Russian Roman Iakovlev made.The team coached by Blain Phillip forced a tiebreaker.
In the fifth set, both teams were very concentrated, but Russia took advantage of the mistakes of their rival and obtained a three points lead (8-5). With three successful blocks, the Russian lead grew bigger and finally Russia won this semifinal match.
Roman Iakovlev was the scorer of the match with 28 points, followed by his teammate Serguei Tetioukhine (21).

/ajm