Hong Kong, China, August 21st 2010 – A total of 10,000 fans saw China overcome Germany 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 28-26) to score its sixth victory in the preliminary round of 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix on Saturday in Hong Kong.
Germany had trouble finding their rhythm and form early in the set, losing six consecutive points to the forceful spikes and serves of China. China continued to display a tight defence and took clear control of the until the first technical time out at 8-2. China maintained pressure on their opponent, forcing Germany to call for a time out. Germany committed frequent mistakes, allowing the highly motivated Chinese team to win the set at 25-14.
Going down one set, the German girls fought to rebound and showed significant improvement at the beginning of the second set. Yet, thanks to the superb blocks and attacks by Wang Yimei and Xue Ming, the Chinese girls continued their assault without letting up and carried the game. Germany improved their backline defence to decrease the point deficit to two at 15-13 after the first technical time out. However, China refused to give in and maintained their offensive-defensive combination to seal the set at 25-19.
China and Germany started the third set battling back and forth, aiming to take the lead, with China taking a slim edge at 8-7 during the first technical time out. The seesaw situation continued as Germany let captain Margareta Kozuch explode for a scoring spree. China was forced to call for a time out when Germany was leading at 13-12. Germany continued to attack and with their strong defence, and turned the tide to their favour. After committing several errors, China demonstrated a series of assertive spikes and were able to tie the scores at 20-20. Towards the end of the set, both teams lingered in a close battle, refusing to yield. They were deadlocked at 26 all until the German girls became vulnerable in front of Wang Yi Mei’s bullet serves. China seized the set at 28-26 and won the match in straight sets.
The hosts will now take on the USA as Germany face Thailand on Sunday.