2003 FIVB WORLD GRAND PRIX

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World Grand Prix 2003 - Press Info

22 July

Pool A - Preliminary Round

U.S.A. beat Japan 3-2 (24-26, 25-17, 25-15, 23-25, 15-12) - duration 2.06
22-Jul, start time: 15.07, end time: 17.13 - Attendance: 500
USA hold off fast-finishing Japan

USA kept their unbeaten record intact with a thrilling 3-2 win over Japan in Pool A, coming from behind 1-0 to eventually wrap up the win in five sets in a stunning match in the Palazzo dello Sport in Gioia del Colle. /rb
Germany beat Cuba 3-1 (25-16, 25-14, 22-25, 25-16) - duration 1.33
22-Jul, start time: 18.07, end time: 19.40 - Attendance: 850
Efficient Germany too hot for Cuba

Showing all their style and all their athletic ability Germany marched to an impressive four set victory over a young and enthusiastic Cuban side in the Palazzo dello Sport in Gioia del Colle to sit in mid-table on Pool A with one win and a loss after day two. /rb
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Netherlands beat Italy 3-2 (16-25, 25-20, 27-25, 15-25, 15-8) - duration 1.59
22-Jul, start time: 21.07, end time: 23.06 - Attendance: 2.500
Netherlands beat Italy in fantastic five-set showdown

The Netherlands turned on sparks of brilliance and stamina to outlast the hosts of the World Grand Prix Italy in five fantastic sets in a white hot atmosphere in the Palazzo dello Sport in Gioia del Colle to keep their unbeaten record in Pool A. /rb

 
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Pool B - Preliminary Round

Russia beat Thailand 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-19) - duration 1.02
22-Jul, start time: 15.07 - Attendance: 180
Russia stroll to victory over Thailand

The World Grand Prix defending champions Russia reversed their day one loss to Korea in spectular fashion with a straight sets victory over the hapless Thailand side in sweltering conditions in Palasassi Hall in Matera. /rb
Brazil beat Canada 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-20) - duration 1.26
22-Jul, start time: 18.07, end time: 19.33 - Attendance: 320
Brazil scores second successive straight sets win
 

Brazil continued their excellent start to the World Grand Prix preliminary rounds registering their second straight sets win with a clinical 3-0 victory over Canada in steaming conditions in the Palasassi Hall, Matera. /rb

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> Match descriptive  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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China beat Korea 3-0 (29-27, 25-8, 25-23) - duration 1.14
22-Jul, start time: 21.07 - Attendance: 480
China sweeps tenacious Korea in see-saw battle

Women's world Volleyball heavyweights China showed their class and discipline in a clockwork style performance in Matera as they stunned Korea in three straight sets to remain unbeaten in Pool B of the World Grand Prix preliminary rounds./rb

 
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