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Women's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Greece beat China 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-21) - duration 1:05
03-Sep, start time: 17:30, end time: 18:35 - Attendance: 2,104
Greece writes history
Greece scored a 3-0 victory against China on Tuesday to end what has been for them their best ever performance in a major international competition.
Tournament favorite China, knowing they were comfortably through to the next round, decided to rest some of their top players and were content to finish second in the group.
Starting with their second six, China gained slight advantage at 8-6 in the first set. Keeping up with the Chinese team at 12-12, Greece scored another two consecutive points by their successful block, held onto the lead and won teh first set 25-20.
China drew level at 8-all in the second , but Greece continued to have the edge throughout the set until China edged ahead to 16-14 at the second technical time out. Greece, showing the kind of fighting spirit that has made them one of the surprises of the tournament, then won the second set 25-22.
With Chinese captain Kun Feng and several players from the first six on the bench, China were unable to overcome the ambitious Greek side, who closed the third set 25-21, and the match.
The rookie team can now move into the second round with the confidence of four victories and a guarantee of a big welcome back home in Greece, regardless of the outcome of the next matches. ther top scorers were Charikleia Sakkoula with 14 points and captain Maria Gkaragkouni, who made 13 points.