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World Grand Prix 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Japan beat U.S.A. 3-1 (25-22, 25-18, 22-25, 25-23) - duration 1:41
27-Jul, start time: 16:02, end time: 17:43 - Attendance: 5,000
JPN beat USA 3 -1 (25:22,25:18,22:25,25:23) duration 1hour 41 minutes
The first 2 sets were taken by JPN. At the beginning of the 2nd set, both teams took turns in taking points until the 2nd technical timeout. Soon after the second technical timeout ended, JPN organized an effective attack and continued to take points from USA while USA mistakes. This also led JPN to the winning of 2nd set. USA changed their strategy and increased their back-row attacks to get away from JPN's blocking. This new strategy successfully gave USA chances to switch their position and became leading to the end. USA kept on the block-row-attack strategy while JPN was obviously aware of this and improved their defense against it. This made the 4th set tougher for both teams and the key set of this match. JPN finally won with only very minor leading 2 points.