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Women's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Germany 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-22) - duration 1:23
07-Sep, start time: 14:35, end time: 15:58 - Attendance: 4,609
Brazil pushes Germany almost out of World Championship
Brazil brought Germany in big trouble after defeating the host country in straight sets in the second round Pool G match in Riesa. The South American champion outplayed the home squad and pushed Germany almost out of the event. Germany only has a theoretical chance to make it through to the last eight.
Germany's coach Hee Wan Lee started the match against Brazil with the players who played most of the games at the World Championship and defeated Brazil four times at the recent Grand Prix. In the beginning of the first set, the match was well balanced. Brazil took a 15-11 lead thanks to good serving by Luciana. The young Brazilian team retains that lead in spite of fanetic cheering by the crowd (25-20).
Germany seemed not to be impressed by losing the first set and took a 4-1 lead in the second one. The Brazilan coach Marco Motta took his first time-out and that was an effective move. At 10-9 Brazil took over the lead for the first time. But the Germans continued to fight and drew equal (12-12) by good attacks from Birgit Thumm and Sylvia Roll. The next points went to Brazil and the South Americans took a 4 points advantage (17-13). Germany tried everything. For example, Birgit Thumm tried het luck on the outside block position, while Roll took the middle position. Although these changes didn't show any effect, Germany closed the gap to 23-24. It didn't prevent the Germans from losing the set (25-23).
While Motta didn't change his team, Lee replaces opposite attacker Sylvester by young Bouagaa, who took over the outside position. Top scorer Gruen took the opposite position. Once again both teams kept fighting, but this time the German hosts lead 16-12, because Gruen and Roll made some points. But Brazil drew equal at 19-19, taking benefit from mistakes made by the German opponents. At the end of the set, all spectators were standing, but all the cheering and supporting couldn't help the German team to lose the set and the match 25-22.
Sylvia Roll was with 19 points the best scorer of the match.