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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Russia beat Germany 3-1 (25-13, 28-26, 18-25, 35-33) - duration 2:00
27-Jul, start time: 14:00, end time: 16:00 - Attendance: 3,100
Germany fails to fend off powerful Russians
Germany failed to stop the Russian charge on Saturday when thery went down 1-3 at home to the lofty Russian side in a match that culminated in Russia needing seven amtchballs to seal the final set at 35-33.
The Russians poured on the pressure in the opening set and the Germans could find few answers for the a good service of Roman Iakovlev and Serguei Tetioukhine. they were also ahndicapped by having a new libero Mark Siebeck on for the sick Vicent Lange within the German defending line.
Even during the second set the German team still seemed sleepy and slipped behind 0-3. Thanks to a service series by Marco Liefke, Germany took an 8-6 lead to wake up spectators and players. Germany's game improved but still not enough to win the second set against Russia.
Germany became more active in the third set and were interacting better and delivering powerful attacks on the Russian team around libero Alexander Sokolov. Germany led 16-9 at the second technical time-out and went on to take the set to the collective pleasure of the 3,100 spectators.
The fourth set started with some amazing services from both sides of the net with Bjoern Andrae delivering two aces and Taras Khtei answering with two excellent services as well. Germany played with risk and success (Huebner, Liefke), while the Olympic silver medalists made more and mroe errors. Germany took a lead of 18-13, but Russia turned the screws and emerged victorious after seven (!) matchballs to take the match 3-1.
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