Tampere, Finland, June 12, 2010 –
USA picked up its second win over Finland on Saturday with a 3-1 (18-25,
25-23, 25-21, 28-26) victory in Tampere in the Pool C 2010 FIVB World League clash.
Despite going down in the first set the USA fought back against a determined Finnish side to land the win.
Finland served extremely efficiently during the whole match causing difficulties for USA throughout. However USA's experience prevailed and the side showed great confidence in their play.
Sean Rooney scored 18 points for USA and Evan Patak 13 coming off the bench for Matthew Anderson.
Antti Siltala was again the best Finnish player with 22 points. Mikko Oivanen and Urpo Sivula scored 18 and 17 points respectively.
Finland had a tremendous start to the match, taking nine points in a row. Captain Jukka Lehtonen hit difficult serves while the rest of the team took care of the rest to win the set.
USA took the lead early in the second set and never gave it away. Setter Donald Suxho conducted the attacks well and the U.S. block was better than in the first set.
The third set was similar to the second as USA took the lead after 16-16 and kept it all the way to the end of the set. Evan Patak and Paul Lotman came from the beach to perform well.
Finland began the fourth well, leading by 5 points at 20-15. However USA dug deep and despite three set points from Finland saw out the set and the win.
got zero points from this weekend and that drives me crazy," Finland
coach Mauro Berruto said. "USA had a
bit more confidence in hot moments of the sets. I am very sorry for my
team. They had deserved points from these matches."
USA will now host Egypt in its first home game of the competition in Concord next weekend as Finland face a tough task travelling to Russia.