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World Grand Prix 2003 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

China beat U.S.A. 3-0 (25-21, 26-24, 28-26) - duration 1.25
28-Jul, start time: 19.30, end time: 20.55 - Attendance: 520
China stamps class all over USA with straight sets win
China beat the United States in straight sets in one hour and 19 minutes in Matera for their opening victory in the final round competition and in the process ended their two-game losing streak at the end of the preliminary stage.

China, runners-up to Russia in last year's Grand Prix Finals, more attentive came out strongly and immediately took the advantage as they led all the way to take the first set 25-21.

Courtesy of improved defense and some great scoring action of Sycora, USA built a 13-8 lead after the match resumed but China steadily pulled back to tie it 24-24. After Wang Lina smashed home a ball to give China an edge, Tayyba Haneef of the United States drove a spike long to surrender the second set.

The third set was hotly contested and the Americans, who finished top of preliminary group A with a 4-1 record, withstood four match points with hard defense. However, Chinese spiker Yang Hao drove a ball hard into an American player to secure the victory for China.

The locals had their favorites giving a standing ovation to Keba Phips who was a former player of the Matera team some years ago.