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

Match Descriptive

Russia beat Dominican Rep. 3-1 (25-11, 21-25, 25-18, 25-18) - duration 1:32
30-Aug, start time: 19:00, end time: 20:32 - Attendance: 2,700
Russia in trouble against Dominican Republic
It was not easy for Russia to defeat Dominican Republic in the first match the title favorite played at the Women's World Championship here in Germany. The formation od head-coach Nikolai Karpol, some months ago winner of the World Grand Prix, defeated the Caribbean team in four sets (3-1) in Dresden.
Russia took the lead early showing a strong side out game and tough serving. The Russians led 8-3 at the first technical time out. The Dominican Republic continued to struggle with the strong Russian serve and took their second time out trailing by a score of 13-6. Russia continued to dominate at the net, overpowering the smaller Dominican team. The European Champion won the first set 25-11.
The Dominican Republic came to life in the second set playing much more aggresively at the net. The team of head coach Jorge Perez Vento led 8-5 at the first technical time out. The Dominican Republic continued their enthusiastic play and won some longer rallies (16-12). The Dominican Republic attackers continued having success against the Russian block causing Russia to call a time out at 18-22. The Dominican Republic went on to win the set 25-21.
The loss in the second set did not seem to shake Russia's confidence. The Russians started the third set with strong serving and attacking, leading 6-2 at the first technical time out. The Dominican Republic called a time out at 10-4 behind after making some unforced errors. But the Dominican players came back fighting, trailing only 14-16 at the second technical time out. They then went on to tie the set at 18-18 causing Russian coach Nikolai Karpol to call a time out. His team came back much stronger at the net, winning the third set.
In the fourth set, Russia kept the lead and won the match 3-1. If was definately not an easy victory for the team that is the favorite by 14 of the 24 head coaches present. Evguenia Artamonova was with 24 points the best scorer, while the tall Ekaterina Gamova scored 18 points. Yudelkys Bautista was with 14 points the best Dominican player