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Women's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Russia beat Kenya 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-15) - duration 0:58
01-Sep, start time: 17:00, end time: 17:58 - Attendance: 2,078
Russian rockets fly over Kenya
Russia flew over Kenya in the preliminary Pool C clash of the 2002 Women's World Championship here in Germany. It took the Russian rockets only 58 minutes to defeat the African team. It was the fastest match of the tournament so far
After a slow start, Russia tooka 8-7 lead going into the first technical time out due to strong attacking and serving by Ekaterina Gamova. Kenya continued to have trouble with service reception and blocking the much bigger Russian attackers. They called a time out at 20-12 behind and lost the first set 25-14.
At the beginning of the second set Russian coach, Nikolia Karpol replaced his entire starting line up with players previously on the bench. Kenya took advantage of this, playing evenly with the Russians and enthusiastically taking a 10-9 lead. The Africans could not hold on to the lead however and fell behind by a score of 16-10 at the second technical time out. Russia continued to overpower the less experienced Kenyan team and won the second set 25-15.
Elena Godina, in previous tournaments always a member of the starting six but during this event a bench player, showed coach Nikolai Karpol that she is still a top player. After she entered the court in the second set, she managed to score 17 points.