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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

U.S.A. beat Egypt 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20) - duration 1:36
29-Sep, start time: 16:40, end time: 18:16 - Attendance: 4,300
Valuable victory for the USA
USA booked its first victory of the 2002 Men's World Championship, defeating Egypt in the Pool E clash in Cordoba. The US team faced no major problems, while Egypt fight hard. This was not enough to bring the USA in danger.
The match had an even start, but the Egyptian team surprised the USA with unexpected blocking and attacking moves. Both teams played under big pressure and made a great amount of service mistakes (seven each). Egypt showed great defense, while USA demonstrated an uneven performance in every aspect of the game. However, Egypt's lack of precision at the end of the first set allowed the USA to win it
Both squads followed the same pattern along the second set. Although both teams made some unforced errors, there was still space for some good volleyball. Despite of the 100% reception efficiency of the American libero Eric Sullivan, USA could not sort out the situation. During the last part of the second set, the Egyptians became stronger and stronger and thanks to Mohamed Mosehly's performance and efficient blocking, Egypt surprisingly won the set.
The third set finished in USA favor, mainly because setter Lloyd Ball rose his game distribution level and executed different attack combinations.
The Americans finally won the match. They didn't make many mistakes anymore. The African team offered resistance, but it was not enough to force the tiebreaker.
After the American victory the captain Ball said that "the match was difficult" and that they were surprised by the Egyptians physical condition and strength. "It was a very different team than the one we faced last time".
/ajm