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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

U.S.A. beat Brazil 3-2 (25-22, 20-25, 25-27, 33-31, 15-12) - duration 2:15
30-Sep, start time: 15:10, end time: 17:25 - Attendance: 6,900
Surprising American victory over Brazil
With an Orfeo hall almost full of Brazilian supportive crowds, the match had a very even first set. Both teams performed high-quality volleyball which did not allow them to grow differences on the scoreboard. High pressure serving and effective blocking from both sides were the main technical variables; but James Polster (17, USA) with an excellent reception at the end of the set made the difference for the American side.
During the second set the USA carried on with its aggressive attitude and by the first technical time out had a 3 points difference. But Giba, the Brazilian star, rose the South Americans' level with an 85% reception efficiency. Brazil finally won the second set with a good team effort.
The third set was highly disputed; each point was a battle on itself until the scoreboard marked 24. An intense defense coupled with a tremendous blocking from the Brazilian central players finally inclined the set for the South Americans.
On the fourth set USA pulled back to force a tiebreaker. The American concentration and commitment was the key to oblige a fifth set. They even recovered from a match point failed by Giba.
The Americans maintained their playing level during the last set and did not allowed the Brazilian reaction, finally wining the game.
At the end of the match Brook Billing (11, USA) stated that "the key to the victory was our team consistency".