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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Yugoslavia beat Japan 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-20) - duration 1:13
01-Oct, start time: 11:10, end time: 12:23 - Attendance: 4,700
Yugoslavia gives Japan a volleyball lesson
Olympic Champion Yugoslavia booked an expected win over Japan to finish with a 3-0 win/lose record in Pool D of the Men's World Championship. The runner-up of the 1998 event cleared the first position in this group, while Japan has to wait what will happen in the other groups to see if the Asian team will proceed or not.
Yugoslavia was in control of the match from the beginning of the first set. Japanese Kato Yoichi did some great attacking work, scoring four points. But the experience of the Yugoslavian opposite attacker Ivan Miljkovic (five attack points) together with Vladimir Grbic's (two points) and Andrija Geric's (one point) blocking ability brought the European Champion the set.
In the second set, there was nothing Japan could do against the Yugoslavian power. The attacks of the outstanding hitter Miljkovic, who on this stage scored six spiked and one block allowed the Europeans comfortably win the second set easily 25-15.
In the third set the Olympic Champion gained an important point difference over Japan again. Yugoslavia was leading at both technical time outs (8-3 and 16-12). In spite of the good work in Japan's reception, the Yugoslavian block (four points) and the performance of players Bojan Janic, Geric (two points each) and Goran Vujevic (three points) were too much for Japan.
Even with the star setter Nikola Grbic and attackers Sloboban Boskan and Dula Mester on the bench, Yugoslavia claimed the straight sets victory. Ivan Miljkovic was with 14 points the best player of the match.
/ajm