Tampere, Finland, June 11, 2010 – USA claimed their first victory in the 2010 FIVB World League beating Finland 3-1 (25-27, 25-18, 27-25, 25-18) in Tampere.
USA and Finland both now have one win and two losses in the tournament.
Sean Rooney was the best player for the visitors, scoring 22 points as Antti Siltala topped the points for the home side with 20.
USA controlled the first set from the off before Finland fought back to bring it even at 22-22. Finland then attacked well and hit two ace serves to finally win the set 27-25.
The second set went USA's way from the beginning and they kept up the pace, blocking the Finnish attacks well to pick up the win.
The third set saw a good fight from both teams with the crowd heavily into the match. However the result was a disappointing one for the home fans as the USA took the set 27-25.
USA carried their momentum through to the fourth set and the Finnish lost their rhythm to see the USA pick up the win.
The two sides face off again on Saturday at 5.30pm GMT and Finland will be hoping to bounce back to end their weekend on a high.