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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Spain beat China 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-17) - duration 1:20
06-Jul, start time: 12:30, end time: 13:50 - Attendance: 3,100
Three victories for Spain in World League Intercontinental Round
Spain continued to look invincible on Saturday when they scored a 3-0 victory over China in the Spanish city of Dijon to notch up their third straight win in this season's World League
In their first match of week two, the Spaniards turned up the heat to catch out the nimble Chinese, in Spain with victory on their minds.
But it was not always easy for the hosts. China went out strongly in the first set and their dynamic style of play caused Spain some problems before China's masterplan was foiled by the defensive tactics of libero Valido and by good attacking from Falasca and Salvado. China attempted to reduce the margin in the second half of the first set, but were foiled by some mistakes in their attack allowing the first set to go to Spain 25-22.
The second set was a mirror-image of the first, although the margin of Spain's advantages was slimmer. China tried to overpower the Spanish defense with lightning attacks, but their brief advantage was neutralised by the skills of Enrique De la Fuente and José Luis Moltó. A great block by the Spanish defense saw them go to 2-0 (25-23).
In the third set, the Chinese fire power diminished in the face of a concerted Spainsh block at the net, which trimmed their chances of making points. The Chinese did their best to neutralise the attacks of De la Fuente and Salvador in the closing stages, but Spain charged on to wrap up the final set 25-17 for their 3-0 victory. The teams meet again on Sunday in the Spanish city of Aviles.
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