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link to: Official 2002 World Championship website
Women's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

U.S.A. beat Brazil 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 26-24) - duration 1:21
06-Sep, start time: 16:02, end time: 17:23 - Attendance: 3,529
USA overpowers Brazil in straight sets
USA took an important 3-0 victory over Brazil in the first match of second round pool G here in Riesa, Germany. The US team extended the winning streak during this World Championship to six matches.
The US team had a much better start in the first set. USA took a 8-5 lead by quick attacks of Danielle Scott and Heather Bown. Brazil countered particularly through outsider attackers Welissa Gonzaga and Paula Pequeno to 9-8. The US team's athletics marked the game. Especially the blocks of both middle blockers Bown and Scott and Logan Tom's serves gained points and brought the USA to a 16-10 lead. The USA won the set 25-20.
The US women also dominated at the start of the second set. The Brazilian head coach Marco Motta was forced to take his first time-out already when his team was 3-0 down. The fighting spirit of the Americans clearly outplayed the Brazilian enthusiasm (8-4). But then Brazil, supported by the crowd, equalised at 8-8. With strong defending actions of setter Jennifer Flynn and libero Stacy Sykora, who recovered from her injury, USA once again took a lead of four points (16-12). Only the Brazillian opposite attacker Sheilla Castro could counter attack, but she couldn't prevent her team losing the set 25-21.
The US team, with an average of 25.1 years one of the most experienced of this World Championship, seemed to gain the upper hand in the third set. At the first technical time-out US was leading 8-3. The Brazillians took more risks with jump serves and short, tactical serves. These changes were effective and Brazil got to 10-11. When Heather Bown missed a fast attack and Brazil took the lead for the first time (13-12), the fans went crazy. From that moment, both teams played on the same level. Brazil had its first set point at 24-23, but missed the serve and the USA stroke immediately back by making two points in a row to win the third set (26-24).
US spiker Prikeba Phipps was with 14 points the best scorer.