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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Spain beat China 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-23) - duration 1:46
07-Jul, start time: 13:00, end time: 14:46 - Attendance: 1,700
Spain struggles overcome China in second match
Spain scored a second victory over China in Avilés on Sunday in this, the second week of the World League, but even though they finished 3-1 up, it was not all plain sailing. In contrast to the first match, a determined China presented a consolidated opposition and the Spaniards had to call on their experience to keep the visitors at bay, especially after red, the color of the Chinese jerseys, dominated in the opening set.
The Chinese went out strong, coordinated and hard and Spain had few answers in response as they made errors in defense. They lacked inspired attacking and seemed powerless when confronted with the Great Wall of China at the net, allowing China to emerge victorious 25-19 in the first set.
But now alerted to the perils of China's lethal approach when in front, Spain quickly turned things in their favor in the second set. On their guard, they put Guillermo Falasca and Luis Pedro Suela to work to win the second 25-19 and tie the match 1-1.
China again took the advantage in the early stages of the third, but Spain were on their toes and, as in the second set, accurate serving was their most effective weapon. Two consecutives service victories by Guillermo Falasca helped Spain to equalize at 20-20 and another four by Gustavo Saucedo gave the set to the hosts 25-22, and a 2-1 lead in the match. Anxious not to repeat the mistakes of the fist set, Spain was determined not to fall into the traps set by the Chinese defense. Instead they concentrated on retaining service and directing attacks through the secure hands of Luis Pedro Suela. The tactics proved successful. They took the final set 25-23 to wrap up a good weekend for the home team
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