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Near-flawless USA tears Tunisian defence into shreds in a lop-sided battle

The American players jump to block a spike from Tunisia.

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 9, 2009 – The Norceca champions USA, replete with their first win over Slovakia in the previous match in the top-notch championship, overwhelmed smaller-built Tunisia in comfortable straight sets 25-9 25-19 25-15.
 The Americans, who finished 10th in the previous world meet in Mexico two years ago, started strongly against the African champions. Racing to the 10-3 lead, the USA relied mostly on the 188cm Katherine Bell’s thundering spikes at the net and scintillating blocks from Carly Thomas and Haley Eckeman. The USA clinched the effortless set 25-9.
 However, the USA started sluggishly in the second set, leaving Tunisia to enjoy attacking efficiently at the net. The USA, whose height average is 186cm against the rivals’ 176cm, recovered fast from trailing 0-4 to counter-attack exceptionally well and catch the unfancied rivals at 7-7 before widening the gap to 18-14. Tunisia hit back gallantly to narrow the gap 16-18, with Marwa Abeid producing well-placed serves and Sawssen Djebali hitting powerful cross-court smashes. The USA upped their tempo and stormed on to take the set 25-19.
 The USA continued their remarkable form in the third set, which they led initially 6-1. Tunisia gathered their courage and determination to make amends for the loss in the first two sets. Still, they found the USA too strong to go down tamely in the set 25-15.



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