Greece beat Australia 3-1 (25-18, 25-20, 19-25, 25-19) - duration 1:34
31-Aug, start time: 20:00, end time: 21:34 - Attendance: 3,300 Greece celebrate second victory
Australia showed potential but Greece proved to be the stronger team during the last match in Leipzig on Saturday. By securing the second straight win, Greece opened the door wide to the second round of the competition. In the beginning of the first set both teams scored with quick attacks and tried to find into their play. Greece proved to be more stable and therefore put stress on the Australia team. Although cheered up by the spectators Australia could not cope with Greek's power. Greece won the set with 25-18. In the second set, Australia started with more self-confidence. Aggressive rallies dominated the match up to the second technical time out. After that Australia seemed to lose faith and could not follow the Greek powerplay. Greece grasped the set at 25-20. Australia was determined to win at least one set and managed to lead early. Because of their great effort in attacking and defending, the Australien team was able to keep the Greek team at bay and won 25-19. Entering the fourth set, the Australians lost some points because of the weaker blocking. Continuing on a high level, Greece dominated the last set and deservedly beat Australia 25-19. For Greece the Women's World Championship couldn't begin better. On Sunday, Greece can make a giant step in the direction of the second round when the European team faces Poland. Australian Marjella Brown was with 20 points the best scorer. Zanna Proniadou and Maria Gkaragkouni both scored 15 points each for the Greek team.