U.S.A. beat Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-13, 27-25, 25-19) - duration 1:05
02-Sep, start time: 19:00 - Attendance: 2,290 USA in second round after fouth victory
USA is the only leader of Pool C of the Women's World Championship after defeating Puerto Rico, the other team that was without a lost match after three days of play. The American team started the match with a line-up change due to injured libero Stacy Sykora. Tara Cross-Battle took over the libero position and Danielle Scott replaced her as captain. Strong serving and blocking helped the USA jump to a quick 6-1 lead in the first set. After a tenative start and making many unforced errors, Puerto Rico slowly started to improve their game but it was too little too late. USA took the first set 25-13. Supported by the crowd of almost 2,300 spectators in Dresden, Puerto Rico started off the second set much more aggresively, but still trailed 7-8 at the first technical time out. Halfway through the set, Puerto Rico began having more success attacking and blocking and took the lead causing the USA to take time outs with scores at 18-17 and 21-18 for Puerto Rico. The USA however kept fighting and was leading with a score of 23-22 when Puerto Rico's setter, Xiomara Molero went down with an injury to her quadracept muscle. The USA won the set 27-25. The team of the Japanese head coach Toshikada Yoshida secured the victory in the fourth set and is now the only unbeaten team in Pool C. USA is qualified for the second round, the round of the best twelve teams. US Logan Tom was the best scorer with 17 points. When USA defeated Kenya on Tuesday, the North Americans win this preliminary pool.