Russia beat Greece 3-0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-17) - duration 1:09
07-Sep, start time: 14:00, end time: 15:09 - Attendance: 1,910 Fighting spirit Greece not awarded
Greece was close to a surprise in the second round match of the Women's World Championship against Russia. But at the end all the Greek players could get was the applause of the almost 2,000 spectators and a lot of compliments: Russia claimed a straight sets victory and is still undefeated in Pool E of the second round. Two strong block actions of the Greek team in the first set gave the rookies a 2-0 lead. The Russians came back to 5-6, mainly because of the good setting of Tatiana Gratcheva. After two aces of the Russian captain Evguenia Artamonova, Russia took the lead to 16-11. The South Europeans didn't give up and came closer and closer (19-21). But then it was the Karpol team with the better blocking with brought Russia the set (25-21). The Russian block convinced in the second set and the Karpol girls took the lead at 9.4. A well placed lop of Artamonova was the 11th points for Russia, but again the Greek team came back tremendously. After exciting actions the underdogs took the lead and Greece even killed four Russian set points. The fighting spirit of Greece was not rewarded, because Russia took the set at the fifth occasion (28-26). The Greek players were not frustrated after losing the second set and played very strong in the third one. After 9-10, Greece lost control and Russia used this chance to take the victory at 25-17. For Russia it was the second victory, so the European champion is almost qualified for the quarterfinal. Greece has to defeat Italy on Sunday to have a small chance to make it through to the Elite Eight. Evguenia Artamonova was the best scorer with 25 points.