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Women's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Puerto Rico beat Kenya 3-1 (25-18, 19-25, 25-14, 25-23) - duration 1:37
30-Aug, start time: 17:32, end time: 19:09 - Attendance: 500
Puerto Rico drops one set against surprising Kenya
Puerto Rico and Kenya showed the spectators in Riesa, Germany that even the unknown teams can play high level volleyball. The African team was prepared well for this event and took one set against the Caribbean formation. Although Kenya even had a chance to level the match at two sets each, it was Puerto Rico that won the clash 3-1.
After a Puerto Rico made a good start in the first set, the players from Kenya found their way into the match and could follow their opponent easily (10-6). After Kenya's head coach Ohanya called for the first time-out, both teams gave proof of their playing skills. However, thanks to a the good serve and secure blockings of Puerto Rico the team was able to bring the set home.
Because of numerous mistakes by Kenya, Puerto Rico took a quick lead at the beginning of the second set (6-2). The African team could keep a short lead. Kenya extend their leading to 20-14 and with hard spikes and better blocks they decided the set for the African team (25-19).
At the beginning of the third set the team of Puerto Rico was more concentrated and quickly took the lead (8-4). Although the team of Kenya improved during the middle of the set, Puerto Rico was still in front thanks to the better block. With Aurea Cruz and Xiomara Molero as the best players, Puerto Rico won the set clearly.
At the beginning of the fourth set Kenya dominated again and took a quick lead (6-1). Puerto Rico then closed the gap a little bit after a few minutes (13-7). Puerto Rico, however, relied on its fighting spirit and came back to score a 21-20 lead. This was enough to take the victory.
Kenyan Violet Barasa was with 19 points the best scorer of the match. Aurea Cruz was with 18 points the best player on the side of Puerto Rico.