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World Grand Prix 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Japan beat Russia 3-2 (21-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-8) - duration 1:50
26-Jul, start time: 20:10, end time: 22:00 - Attendance: 3,460
Fantastic defense of JPN defeated powerful attack of RUS 3:2 (21:25,21:25,25:17,25:22,15:8)
JPN has distance behind RUS while RUS didn't even use the very best starting Players. Tough defenses & speed were what JPN used against RUS. After taken 2 sets by RUS , JPN improved blocking skill and speed. And with their experiences, JPN, on the contrary, took the following 2 sets, even though RUS substituted the new players with experienced ones. In the deciding set, RUS kept leading until 5:3 by their famous "2nd floor" attacks. But JPN wouldn't give up defense and grasped chances to make effective attacks. By improved blocking, JPN surprisingly won the last set and their 1st match in Miaoli venue.