Romania beat Egypt 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-14) - duration 0:57
01-Sep, start time: 19:30, end time: 20:27 - Attendance: 2,500 Romania relieved after first victory against Egypt
Romania is relieved, because the players showed that they can win a match during the 2002 Women's World Championship. After two painful defeats against The Netherlands and Korea, Romania won their first match of this event in straight. Now Romania still has the chance to move to the second round. Egypt's libero Sara Taalat would have been happy about a victory for her 20th birthday, but her team lost. Now the "underdogs" don't have any more chances to move second round. There were lots of individual mistakes in the beginning of the first set. It took some time until the Romania started to concentrate. Coach Stan Costinel used the technical time out to remind his players how important this match is. Later on the Romania seemed to be more concentrated and won the set with 25-14. But the Egyptian team kept fighting and took the lead with 5-2 in the second set. The team of captain Christina Parv was not impressed by this quick start and scored eight points in a row. The Egypt block was not high enough to succeed against the tall Romanian attackers, who won the second set with 25-23. The third set was dominated by Romania. The team of coach Hesham Badraw tried to defend themselves but went away empty-handed. For Romania, two important matches are coming up when the team faces Canada on Monday and Cuba on Tuesday. Cristina Parv was with 21 points the best scorer. Coach Stan kept the other star Carmen Turlea on the bench against Egypt.