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Girls under 18 2003 - Press Info

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United States beat Russia 3-2 (25-20, 25-16, 19-25, 20-25, 18-16) - duration 1:58
15-Aug, start time: 10:00, end time: 11:58 - Attendance: 360
USA Overpowered Russia to Reach The Top Four
The Russians started off as they were still sleeping. They seemed to be lost and confused as the Americans were winning their points in series, most of all thanks to their blocking and service. The Russian team was forced to make a number of simple errors and lost the opening set 20:25 In the second the US team made a brilliant beginning as well when Jordan Larson used her service skills to win three points in a row. After few following moments the score became equal, 5:5, but the American team quickly restored its dominance and maintained it until the end prevailing with a solid advantage, 25:16. Russia bounced back remarkably, taking the leadership over. The Americans began to make errors in reception and attack and in result they were beaten 25:19. In the fourth set the US team left the court for the first technical time-out leading 8:6 but four following points were added to the Russians' account. The Europeans went on with their advantage and overpowered the US team 25:20. The tie-breaker saw plenty of spectacular actions and it was the US team which basically kept the control, but only until 13:11. Then the Russians accelerated to win four consecutive points and subsequently they served for the match three times. The Americans, standing on the edge of loss, stayed calm fighting off each time . Once again the situation changed completely as the Norceca champions replied with their own fire and made use of their first matchball to reach for an unexpected victory. Consequently the United States became the first semifinalist of the tournament making their peak achievement in the history of Girls' Under 18 World Championship.