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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Greece beat Japan 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24) - duration 2:01
30-Jun, start time: 22:04, end time: 0:05 - Attendance: 3,715
Greece comes back from 0-1 to score second victory over Japan.
Greece made a poor start to the second match of the opening weekend double-header against in Japan, but a change of setters at 21-21 in the second set (when Theodoros Bozidis came in for Vassilis Kournetas) was enough to save the day for the home team.

Greece had a nervous start in the match in Larissa, giving Japan as many as six of its first 13 points from service errors. In the end, this cost the home team the opening set and more errors in serving and receiving allowed Japan to gain an early lead in the second set. Greece first took a lead at 11-10 in the second set and finally came back from 21-22 with three straight block points, to tie the overall score at 1-1 sets.

After the 10-minute interval, with Bozidis still setting for Greece, Japan still managed to retain slight leads over Greece in both the third and fourth sets. But on both occasions Greece staged comebacks (from 20-22 to 25-22 in the third and from 16-18 to 26-24 in the fourth) to win the match.

Both the coach and the captain of the Greek team conceded that the home team's performance was poorer than on the opening day that had given Greece a more comfortable victory. But satisfaction was also evident on the Japanese side, for the vistors' improved appearance.