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the Netherlands packing in three sets, 25-20, 25-23,
25-21. The towering Ekaterina Gamova of Russia was
the top scorer with 22 points, 20 of them through
devastating spikes, with Debby Stam claiming 11
points for the Netherlands whose captain Manon Flier
won the tournament’s Best Scorer and the Best Server
Awards.
Germany, the world No.12 who had finished eighth
at the previous year’s tournament, saved their best
for last by crushing 2008 Olympic bronze medallists
China 3-1 (25-14, 23-25, 25-21, 25-14). Hard-hitting
Margareta Kozuch topped the day’s scorers with 30
points, including 27 kills, while Ma Yunwen led China
with 15. It was only Germany’s second medal in World
Grand Prix history following their bronze medal in
2002.
Meanwhile two Asian teams – China and Japan – fin-
ished fifth and sixth respectively. Both teams had the
similar six points from one win against four losses.
However, China took fifth due to a better win-loss
points ratio. 
Russian spiker Ekaterina Gamova tackles the Brazilian block
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