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Aggressive Germany overshadows off-form Norceca champions USA in straight sets

German Bjanca Meyerink is happy with a point win in the match against the USA.

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 7, 2009 – Germany, sixth place in the European Championship and a disappointing 11th position in the previous world meet in Mexico two years ago, pulled off a convincing straight-set 26-24 25-20 25-13 victory over the USA.
 The USA, seeking their first win in the top-notch championship, trailed Germany 5-8 in the opening set, but stormed back with sharp cross-court spikes and scintillating blocks to bag successive three points and catch the rivals at 8-8 before moving ahead 10-8.
 Germany, playing without its captain Anna Hoja, made amends, with Ann-Christin Quade producing powerful jump serves to come close at 15-16. From then on, both sides chased for points. As the USA came up with good offence, Germany heightened its defence, making the game more exciting. Leading narrowly 18-19, the USA, strengthened by the hard-attacking Wopat twins, Carly and Samantha, stretched it to 24-21. Germany saved one set point and struck back with sizzling volleyball to close the margin 24-24. American head coach James Stone asked for time-out to improve his team’s form, but to no avail. Germany came back to win the hard-fought first set 26-24.
 Ann-Christin Quade, who scored a match-high 12 points including nine kills, helped Germany take an initial 13-9 lead in the second set before the Americans clawed their ways back to even the score at 17-17. As the USA became more prone with spiking and blocking errors, Germany seized the chance to roll on their relentless attacks to take the second set 25-20.
 Stone had to work hard to bring his team back in the third set. However, his intention did not work out well as the Germans covered the court marvelously to capture the set 25-13 and the comfortable battle.


 

  

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