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

Match Descriptive

U.S.A. beat Russia 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 25-23, 19-25, 15-8) - duration 2:03
31-Aug, start time: 17:30, end time: 19:33 - Attendance: 3,800
USA won battle of giant powers against Russia
USA was responsible for the biggest upset of the Women's World Championship so far, defeating Russia in five sets here in Riesa, Germany. In front of almost 4,000 spectators in the SachsenARENA, also known as the "erdgas arena", the US team took its second straight victory of the event so far.
Both teams started very well into the first set, but Russia claimed the set victory thanks to some superb attacks of Evguenia Artamonova.
The enormous supports of the spectators motivated both teams in the second set. The US team was still leading in the middle of the second set (17-13) but then Russia closed the gap to 20-21. Thanks to a powerful serve by Logan Tom, USA levelled the match at one set each.
In the third set, Russia took advantage of slight problems of the US players to concentrate. Russia became stronger again and lead by three points. USA, with Sarah Noriega as the best player at that moment, managed to win the set on the third occasion (25-23).
Both teams were quite nervous in the beginning of the fourth set. Best player in this phase was US Danielle Scott, who scored some nice spikes. Russia won the set and it looked like the squad of coach Nikolai Karpol was back on track. USA played a tremendous fifth set and didn't give the early lead away anymore.
Although USA, the 2001 Grand Prix winner, is well known as a giant killer, this victory surprised everyone in Germany.
Ekaterina Gamova was with 27 points the best scorer of the match. In the US team, in which almost all players entered the court, Prikeba Phipps and Danielle Scott both scored 17 points.