Germany beat Japan 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 25-27, 25-21) - duration 1:43
31-Aug, start time: 15:04, end time: 16:47 - Attendance: 5,265 Germany grabs second victory
Host Germany satisfied the home crowd by winning the second straight victory during the 2002 Women's World Championship. The Germans defeated Japan (3-1) and are almost sure of a place in the second round of this 24 teams event here in Germany. In the first set, Japan started aggressively putting the Germans under pressure. Until 14-14 Germany was constantly behind. The game remained exciting, the exchanges triggered an enthusiastic response from the capacity crowds of 5,200 in the packed Halle Muensterland. In the decisive phase after 20-20, Germany gave the Japanese no opportunity to score and finally won 25-21. Both teams started the second set totally focused and highly motivated. The Japanese team consistently took the lead, but the Germans, supported and cheered on by the crowds, always managed to equalize and finally won the set 25-19. The third set was very much disputed, though Japan attained quite a big lead at 16-10. But supported by the crowds the Germans managed to close the gap at 17-17. With the victory looming, the Germany missed two match points, and Japan took its chance at the first set point to win the third set 27-25. Both teams showed their will to win in the fourth set. Germany took the lead but Japan came back to 12-12. Both teams fought hard. The Germans, however, got the upper hand and finally won the set and the match 25-21 cheered on by the spectators. German Angelina Gruen and Japanese Miyuki Takahashi both were the best scorer of the match with 21 points each. Germans Judith Sylvester and Sylvia Roll both scored 19 points for the team of head coach Hee Wan Lee.