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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Yugoslavia beat Greece 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 29-27) - duration 1:22
21-Jul, start time: 21:00, end time: 22:22 - Attendance: 3,850
Yugoslavia achieves a straight-set victory against Greece
Yugoslavia won the first game against Greece, for the 4th weekend of World League 2002, in "Philippos Amoiridis" sports hall, in Xanthi. The gold winner of Sydney 2000 Olympic Games was more concentrated and took the charge of the game from the beginning.
At the first set, the yugoslavian team didn't face great resistance and it had many offensive solutions. On the other hand, Greece played a nervous game, with many lost services and many problems in block and reception, despite the substitutions of the head coach Stelios Prosalikas.
The entrance of Ilias Lappas in the second set of the game gave a breath to the greek team, which inproved in block and attack, but Yugoslavia kept a steady rythm and managed to win the second set as well.
At the third set Greece was ahead from the beginning and gave the impression that could win the set. Greece had 4 set-balls after 24-23 but the mistakes at these crucial points of the game gave the victory to Yugoslavia, which without the need of any substitution maintained its great offensive rythm and made a great defensive game.The Yugoslavian team made very few mistakes and had at a great day Nikola Grbic, Vujevic and Mijic.