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World Grand Prix 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Russia beat U.S.A. 3-2 (25-23, 12-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-9) - duration 1:49
12-Jul, start time: 16:00, end time: 17:49 - Attendance: 3,500
Russia won the match: 25-23;12:25;25:23;22;25;15:9

Russia won the first set 25-23 with a powerful spike. Although USA always led the way, Russia took the advantage over the net by efficient block and spike, when scoring even 23-23, finally concluded the first set.
In the second set, the successful wall blocking, tight defence and changeable quick attack of USA team made it hard for RUS team. USA took this set by a large gap score 25-12.
Russia stensthened their defence in the third set, destroied the hard attack of Scott, No. 2 of USA team, shortening the score by 19-19, and successfully keeping their advantage to the end with 25-23.
In the fourth close set, both sides showed a wonderful play in defence and attacking. Finally, a spiking miss by Russia made them lost the set by 22-25.
Russia played a little mixmum in the half last set, their captain Artamonva Evguenia got three points by her hard and quick spike in a row. USA lost the set by an unsuccessful pass. Russia won this set, also the first game of this pool by 15-9.