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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

U.S.A. beat Venezuela 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 33-31) - duration 1:28
01-Oct, start time: 17:40, end time: 19:08 - Attendance: 1,200
The USA through undefeated to second round.
The USA completed their first round Pool Play with a win over Venezuela that took them through without conceding a match in the first round.
But Venezuela was no pushover. They forced the USA into a series of unforced errors until William Priddy turned up the heat with his lightning attacks that turned the tide and allowed the Americans to secure first blood..
The second set opened well for the USA with powerful serving by Clayton Stanley's running up a four point lead, enough to pressure Venezuela's reception. The Americans went on to dominate the set, helped also by the skill of setter Lloyd Ball. The Captain's performance allowed the American attackers to play with ease.
Venezuela hung on in the last set, relying on their best scorer and star Ernando Gomez (11) to take most of the weight. It was a point by point battle, punctuated by long rallies right up to the final points, ending for the USA 33-31. The decision fell after an unforced mistake by Venezuela's Carlos Luna.
At the end of the match William Priddy said that "the key to winning the match was our communication". He said he believed the USA could now defeat any team left in the competition.
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