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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Spain beat Venezuela 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 31-29) - duration 1:27
30-Jun, start time: 12:10, end time: 13:37 - Attendance: 3,020
Spain won without problems
Spain continued the promising start in the XIII edition of World League with a second victory against Venezuela in game 2 of the first weekend of pool B. The higher experience of spaniards in the tournament and the spectacular offensive playing by Enrique De la Fuente and Juan José Salvador was the tools Spain needed to avoid teh usual bitter-sweet starts of the team in previous editions of the league.
The first set was very close to call. Venezuela led the set in the first part of the period, but the unstoppable playing of De la Fuente and the higher accuracy of spanish defense caused the local team to put the tie in the scoreboard first, and then gain teh definitive advantage of 2 points that providede them with the 1-0 (25-23).
Spain intented to avoid further complications in the second period and led the game from the first points. Venezuela tried to cut back the margin of 5-6 points in favor of the host team but the impulse of venezuelans Andy Rojas and Andres Manzanillo crushed over and over in the deffensive barrier of spaniards. Spain just focused in defending the timid reaction of their rivals to win the second set 25-19.
Despite the 2-0 Venezuela didn't give the third set away easily; the spanish points found an instant response in the opposing team. The period was tied throught most of the set, but the mistakes made by Venezuela and the confidence of spaniards in offense was a high enough token for venezuelans, who couldn't avoid spanish victory in a long final set (31-29), solved by two actions by captain Cosme Prenafeta and in the game (3-0). Spain will play against China in home field in week 2 whereas Venezuela will face Italy.