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World Grand Prix 2003 - Press Info

26 July

Pool A - Preliminary Round

Japan beat Cuba 3-2 (18-25, 25-18, 25-20, 19-25, 15-13) - duration 1.48
26-Jul, start time: 15.07, end time: 16.55 - Attendance: 250
Japan wins again
Ecouraged by the win against Italy, Japan wins Cuba at the tie-breaks, showing itself as a team that can give a lot of emotions.
Netherlands beat Germany 3-2 (25-21, 26-28, 22-25, 25-21, 15-13) - duration 2.12
26-Jul, start time: 21.07, end time: 23.19 - Attendance: 280
Netherlands at the final 6
The Dutch national team wins at the tie-breaks 2-3. After a long match in which both the national teams were strong and had a lot of will to win.
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> Match descriptive  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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Italy beat U.S.A. 3-2 (23-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-15, 15-9) - duration 1.59
26-Jul, start time: 21.07, end time: 23.06 - Attendance: 2.600
Ita-Usa: Italy wins the challenge against USA
Strong Italy at the beginning, but gave up the 1st set. Great difficulty for the Italians so in the 2nd set, U.S. lead the game, winning the 2nd set. Italy for longtime gets an advantage in the 3rd set. USA recover, but Italy wins with an exciting final well determined Italy in the 4th set, has ruled, taking the U.S. to the tie- break
 
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Pool B - Preliminary Round

Russia beat China 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 28-26) - duration 1.43
26-Jul, start time: 18.07, end time: 19.50 - Attendance: 300
Russia beats China
Russia beats China  3-1. A match played point after point, but the block of Russia represented the key of the Russian win.
Thailand beat Canada 3-1 (28-26, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22) - duration 2.00
26-Jul, start time: 15.07, end time: 17.07 - Attendance: 250
Match played in draw, Thailand wins against Canada
1st set in perfect draw between Thailand and Canada. 3 set- balls before winning the set for Thailand. Draw also in the 2nd set. At the end Thailand got the upper hand against Canada and won the 2nd set. Canada reacted in the 3rd set and gained the 3rd partial. Draw in the 4th set too.

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> Match descriptive  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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Korea beat Brazil 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-18) - duration 1.18
26-Jul, start time: 18.07, end time: 19.25 - Attendance: 340
Korea: good play and imagination to beat Brazil
Good concentration of the teams in the beginning of the match. Draw for longtime then winning break for Korea which won the 1st set. Spectacular show in the 2nd set, won by the Korea. In the 3rdcset there was not the reaction of Brazil which carried on making mistakes on attack. Korea careful and precise worthy the 3rd set and the victory, gaining the qualification
 
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