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World Grand Prix 2002 Match Results

Week 2 / 19-21 July

Pool C - Philippines

Brazil beat Japan 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 27-25) - duration 1:28
19-Jul, start time: 16:00, end time: 17:28 - Attendance: 2,500
Brazil defeats Japan in 3 sets
Brazil played true to form, beating Japan, 25-18, 25-23, 27-25 for its first win in the Manila leg.

The Brazilians met little challenge from the Japanese in the first set, taking a 13-8 lead behind Welissa Gonzaga and Valeska Menezes.

Japan fought back in the second set, banking on Miyuki Takahashi to take an 18-13 lead before Brazil rallied Gonzaga anew to prevail, 25-23.

The Japanese kept their form in the third set, leading several times before the Brazilians caught up with them and took the upperhand at 13-10.

Japan rallied to tie the count at 21-all and the two teams battled to four more deadlocks before Brazil scored two straight points to win the match
Russia beat Germany 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-15) - duration 1:05
19-Jul, start time: 18:00, end time: 19:05 - Attendance: 3,450
Russia Defeated Germany
Russia getting a big lift from Evgueniya Artamonova pulled off a 25-16, 26-24, 25-14 victory over Germany.

Except for a tight second set, the Russians showed their impressive attacking and blocking skills throughout the match.

The Germans put up a strong challenge in the second set but the Russians adjusted well to recover and take control of the third set to win the match.
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Russia beat Japan 3-1 (25-13, 25-10, 23-25, 25-19) - duration 1:36
20-Jul, start time: 15:00, end time: 16:36 - Attendance: 3,500
RUSSIA DEFEATS JAPAN, 25-13, 25-10, 23-25, 25-19
Russia rallied in the fourth set to beat Japan, 25-13, 25-10, 23-25, 25-19.

Evguenia Artamanova, Ekaterina Gamova and Elizaveta Tishtchenko led the Russian's comeback in the fourth set with solid spikes and overpowering blocks.

Japan, led by Kodama Sachiko and Hisako Murai, played well and took advantage of the Russians' errors to win the third set.
Germany beat Brazil 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-22) - duration 1:33
20-Jul, start time: 17:00, end time: 18:33 - Attendance: 5,700
Germany defeats Brazil, 25-18, 25-18, 25-22
Germany bunked on the explosive performances of Angelina Gruen and Brigit Thumm to pull off a 25-18, 25-18, 25-22 victory over Brazil.

The Germans played good defense throughout the match.

The Brazlians delivered well in the third set but the Germans put up a strong challenge to prevail.

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Japan beat Germany 3-0 (28-26, 25-21, 25-19) - duration 1:31
21-Jul, start time: 15:00, end time: 16:31 - Attendance: 8,000
JAPAN DEFEATS GERMANY, 28-26, 25-21, 25-19
Japan, led by spiker Miyuki Takahashi and blocker Ai Otomo, scored a 28-26, 25-21, 19 victory over Germany.
The Germans tried several times to rally but they were simply overpowered by the more aggressive Japanese.
Russia beat Brazil 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-21) - duration 1:25
21-Jul, start time: 17:00, end time: 18:25 - Attendance: 8,500
RUSSIA DEFEATS BRAZIL, 25-21, 25-15, 25-21
Russia banked on the powerful plays of Evguenia Artamonova, Elizaveta Tishtchenko and Ekaterina Gamova to post a 25-21, 25-15, 25-21 victory over Brazil.
The Russians played aggressively throughout the match, preventing the Brazilians to mount a rally.

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Pool D - Thailand

China beat U.S.A. 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-18) - duration 1:14
19-Jul, start time: 14:05, end time: 15:19 - Attendance: 4,100
CHN shows supermach over USA, Thrashing the spirited rivals in straight sets 25:22, 25:17, 25:18
Chinese head coach Chen Zhonghe:
"We trained well in preparation for the repeated match against the USA. I'm very happy to register the first win in the second week. Tomorrow, we have to take on world and Olympic champions Cuba. I admit that my team have much pressure playing them. However, we have to beat them and I believe we can do that."

USA's head coach Toshiaki Yoshida:
"I have nothing to say. It's one of the bad records we have ever made in the World Grand Prix. It's an upset match for my team. At the beginning, we did well. However, we slumped from our top form after taking 20 points to go down tamely to China. I think my girls played erratically after losing the first set. Against Thailand tomorrow, we have never taken them, but we must not lose to the team which just made its debut in the World Grand Prix."

Cuba beat Thailand 3-2 (18-25, 28-26, 23-25, 25-15, 18-16) - duration 2:00
19-Jul, start time: 16:00, end time: 18:00 - Attendance: 4,100
Sharp attack of Ruis No.1 of Cuba beat very hard fighting Thai Women's Team 3:2 set 18:25,28:26,23:25,25:15, 18:16

Thai head coach Kiartipong Ratchatakriangkrai:
"I'm very happy with the tremendously-improved form of my girls. We almost beat Cuba, but it was just because our rivals performed better under pressure. They are also more experienced than us. Against the USA tomorrow, we have to play more carefully, relying more on fast spikes at the post and receiving. I hope we can beat them."

Cuban head coach George Eugenio:
"I felt upset for the team's first set loss. I think I underestimated the young Thais. After our first-match win in the 2002 World Grand Prix, I think my still will maintain their form to win the crown. However, China already proved they are one of the strongest teams in the tournament. We have to wait and see if we could beat them in the tomorrow's match. I hope we will avenge the straight-sets loss to the rivals last week."

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China beat Cuba 3-0 (30-28, 25-23, 25-16) - duration 1:18
20-Jul, start time: 14:03, end time: 15:21 - Attendance: 4,100
Fantastie set of Feng Kun No.2 of CHN up set CUB 3:0 (30:28, 25:23, 25:16)
China's head coach Chen Zhonghe:
"It's a tough match for us, especially the first set. I'm not happy with my team's form in the set and I had to field in substitute players. However, I had my sight sets on my girls to win this match. Against Thailand tomorrow, I'm still convinced that we could beat them. I think the Thais could develop their capability in the near future. Although they are still second to us, we will field in the aggressive starters, not those from the bench."

Cuba's head coach George Eugenio:
"I think China is the best team in the world. Their tactics and technique is beyond our expectation. In the first set, we proved a good match against them, while we made more mistakes in the third. In the World Championship in Germany, we still use the same players like here."

U.S.A. beat Thailand 3-1 (25-17, 17-25, 25-21, 25-20) - duration 1:43
20-Jul, start time: 16:32, end time: 18:15 - Attendance: 4,100
Greatest attempt of THA was overcome by solid block of USA 3:1 (17:25, 25:17, 21:25, 20:25)
Thailand's head coach Kiartipong Ratchatakriangkrai:
"The USA used their height advantage over my girls. Their back-court game was also excellent. I think the spiking from the USA was too high for my team players, most of whom are smaller-made. Against the Chinese tomorrow, I think we are second to them. However, I hope they will fight all-out to entertain the local enthusiasts."

USA's head coach Toshiaki Yoshida:
"I think Thailand is a strong team. They performed superbly on the previous match against Cuba. We then trained well in preparation for the match against them. Against Cuba tomorrow, we have to give it all-out because to beat the world and Olympic champions is not an easy job. However, we already beat them in our first preliminaries."

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U.S.A. beat Cuba 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 28-26) - duration 1:16
21-Jul, start time: 14:08, end time: 15:24 - Attendance: 4,100
USA defeated CUB 3:0 by powerful attack of No.1 Phipps Prikeba (25:21, 25:17, 28:26)
Cuba came out in full strength in an attempt to avenge the first-preliminaries 1-3 loss to the USA in Chengdu, China last week. The USA trailed the Cubans from the beginning, with high-leaping Ruiz Luaces Yumilka unleashing a barrage of devastating spikes to put her team ahead 16-14. The USA roared back with stuff blocks from Heather Bown and Sarah Noriega to help level the score at 21-21 before moving ahead to win the first set 25-21. Cuba still took command initially in the second set to lead 7-5. Left-handed Noriega exploded her spectacular cross-court spikes to the back court to tie the score at 10-10 and advance to 16-12. The Cubans poured everything to match the rivals, but their determination was still in vain. The USA continued their glittering form, with Danielle Scott tearing the Cuban defence with her great spike to clinch the set 25-17. Cuba fielded spiking legendary Torres Herrera Regla in the third set to improve their game. Their intention was handsomely rewarded when the team closed the margi
China beat Thailand 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-15) - duration 1:02
21-Jul, start time: 16:38, end time: 17:40 - Attendance: 4,100
Thailand proved no match against Asia's powerhouse China, suffering a straight-sets demolition 25-14 25-14 25-15
China fielded the aggressive line-up led by the superb trio of Zhang Jing, Yang Hao and Zhao Ruirui. Stronger and taller, the Chinese used their height advantage in foiling Thai girls' spiking abilities. After initially leading 11-5, the formidable Chinese girls unleashed a series of sharp spikes to win the one-sided first set 25-14. The rhythm was still with China in the second set, while Thai game was riddled with receiving and spiking mistakes. Trailing 2-11, the host girls upped their tempo to produce the goods. However, China proved too strong for them to match, mixing the fierce offensive combination of Yang and Zhao and scintillating blocks of Feng Kun and Liu Yanan to win the set 25-14, again comfortably. China's domination continued in the third set, with 190cm Zhang and 196cm Zhao taking turns in finding gaps in the Thai court. Taking a commanding 21-13 lead, China replaced their best players with those from the bench. Still, they frustrated the Thais with their lustrous form before winning 25-15 a
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