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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Greece beat U.S.A. 3-2 (20-25, 25-15, 25-20, 15-25, 17-15) - duration 2:32
05-Oct, start time: 20:10, end time: 22:42 - Attendance: 2,350
First defeat of USA after losing against Greece
Greece booked a great victory over USA in the second round of the 2002 Men's World Championship. The Greek team only secured the win after an exciting fifth set. With this result, Greece still has a chance to reach the next round, while USA has to defeat Olympic Champion Yugoslavia on Sunday to remain in business.
In the first set, USA played at a high level, especially in reception (100% effectiveness). The US team took a five point lead and this was enough to take the first set.
In the second set, Greece seemed to be a different team and surprised the opponent, especially block. The Americans felt the pressure of the Greek supporters and lost the set with a difference of ten points. The Greek players Chrysanthos Kyriazis and Tontor Baev were the best on court with five points each.
In the third set, Greece had a five point advantage at the second technical time-out, thanks to strong attacks and blocks and good reception of the Greek libero Christos Dimitrakopoulos. The best scorers were the Greek Marios Gkiourdas (five points) and the American Brook Billings (six points).
In the fourth set, USA improved and took the set with a difference of ten points.
Greece won the final and crucial fifth set. The Greek team took a small lead and clinched the victory at the second match points. The win was crucial, because otherwise Greece would have been eliminated.
Tontor Baev of Greece was the best scorer with 19 points.
/ajm