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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

China beat Venezuela 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18) - duration 1:38
28-Jul, start time: 19:30, end time: 21:08 - Attendance: 3,395
Chna beat Venezuela by 3: 1 (22:25,25:22,25:21,25:18)
Venezuela knocked down some early points with Ernardo's powerful jump services and China's reception errors. The first technical time-out ended with the lead of Venezuela of 8:6. Depending on Ernardo and Ronald's lightning spikes, Venezuela kept the leading to 19:16. Though China attempted to adjust the attacking rhythm by frequent substitutions, the happy end was for Venezuela to get 25:22.
In the second set, China strengthened blocking and serving, taking some good points to the first technical time-out of 8:6. Then Venezuela played a seesaw game with China. The score kept going up evenly. Chance came to China when He Jiong blocked the ball down alone. China took the lead by 22:19. With Shi Hairong hit the ball straight across the net to the back court without any rescue from Venesuela, China took the set by 25:22.
Venezuela demonstrated its quick reaction with Andy and Ronald's time-saving and forceful spiking in the third set. Yet China also brought out its technical superiority of timely blocking and quick spiking. Hope came to China at the end of the second time-out of 16:14. Then Li Chun's three explosive jump services brought China closer to the victorious with 24:19. The final successful spike from Shi Hairong ended the set with 25: 21.
The fourth set also witnessed an intense and close battle between both teams. Zheng Liang and Wang Haichuan's tight blocking earned China several leading points, bringing China to 16:11. Trying to catch up with China, Venezuela adopted the tacics of substitution to adjust the attacking organization. The gap was narrowed down by Ronald's continuous spikings. But China took every opportunity to hit the ball across the net. With Zheng Liang's blocking the ball down the net the set and match ended with the score of 25: 18 for China.