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Women's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Greece beat Thailand 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-23) - duration 1:12
30-Aug, start time: 20:00, end time: 21:12 - Attendance: 1,800
Greece had to fight hard hard to defeat Thailand
Greece defeated Thailand in straight sets in the Pool D clash of the Women's World Championship. Thailand periodically showed their full potential and improved from set to set, but it was not enough to defeat Greece. 1.800 cheering spectators at the Arena Leipzig saw an exciting game.
In the first set, Thailand won the first three points in a row. After substituting Nurak Nokputta for team captain Anna Paijinda at a score of 3:5 Thailand continued to lay behind Greece. From the first technical time out Greece clearly dominated the play up to the final score at 25:19.
After competetive rallies right in the beginning of the second set and a slight advantage for Greece Thailand could draw level at 9:9. The game stayed exciting until the second technical time out, no team could play out its strength. Because of their height advantage Greece grasped the set at 25:18.
Starting off the third set, the Greek team led with a slight advantage. Through Thailand's powerful spikes, secure blockings and the great effort by libero Wanna Burkaew the team was able to stay close behind. After the second technical time out Greece led the deciding set up to the final score at 25:23.
Greek player Charikleia Sakkoula was the best scorer with 15 points.