FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

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Germany stun USA in straight sets


Captain Margareta Kozuch (14) leads the German celebration after the stunning victory in straight sets over United States on Wednesday at Toyama

Toyama, Japan, November 9, 2011 – Germany scored the win of the FIVB World Cup so far when they toppled the previously unbeaten Americans in straight sets (32-30, 25-18, 26-24) in an absorbing encounter at Toyama City Gymnasium on Wednesday.
 
Maren Brinker collected the Most Impressive Player award after scoring 14 points. Angelina Grun was Germany’s top scorer with 21 points. Corina Ssuschke-Voigt also had 14 points while Margareta Kozuch contributed 10 for Germany. USA’s top scorer was Desinee Hooker with 18 points. Logan Tom and Foluke Akinradewo added 14 and 11 respectively. USA outblocked Germany 11-7, but Germany outserved USA 6-1.

Germany struggled to find any rhythm early on while the Americans got into their stride from the start with three big blocks in the first phase that helped them to an 8-3 lead at the first technical timeout. USA continued to find holes in the German defence and at 8-13 Germany coach Giovanni Guidetti called a timeout, but his team was still five points back at the second TTO, although they were starting to land more shots on the American side of the court. USA coach Hugh McCutcheon called a timeout after three quick points by Germany reduced his team’s lead to 16-14 and Germany got to within a point after Heather Bown netted a shot. But a pair of shots by Logan Tom and a strong hit by Foluke Akinradewo extended the U.S. lead to four points. McCutcheon called his players off court again after a terrific block by Corina Ssuschke-Voigt and a service ace by Maren Brinker that the Americans left. Angelina Grun then started pumping down big hits and the Germans drew level at 22 after USA failed to deal with a big Grun serve. It was level from 22-22 to 30-30 with USA having every setpoint in that phase. Finally, a miraculous reaction flick from Sshuschke-Voigt that cleared the American defence handed Germany setpoint and the same player put her team 1-0 up on a push shot at the net. Breathtaking stuff.

Grun delivered more big hits and serves – as well as a fine block on Jordan Larson – as Germany moved into a five-point lead at the first TTO. When Brinker extended that lead to five points at 11-6 with two thunderous shots, McCutcheon called a timeout. Germany fought hard to maintain the five-point margin to the second technical timeout – and they had to against the ever-competitive Americans. But the Germans had their tails up and were hitting the ball with confidence, and Grun continued to score well. McCutcheon tried to stop the rot with another timeout at 22-15, but some brilliant defence from Grun set up a winner by Christian Furst that made the score 23-16. A spike by Brinker brought up setpoint and Furst applied the finishing touch with a hit down the middle to make the score 2-0.

Destinee Hooker started off the third set with some good hits and was supported by USA substitute Danielle Scott-Arruda as the Americans took an 8-6 lead at the first TTO. They extended that lead to three points at 11-8 on a spike by Tom, but they couldn’t shake off the Germans, despite a couple of massive kills by Hooker, and the margin was the same at the second TTO. When a heavy Hooker hit put the Americans four points up at 19-15, Guidetti called a timeout. McCutcheon did likewise two dropped points later. After two dropped points by Germany, Guidetti called his girls off again. Germany dug deep and clawed back three points of the deficit, prompting McCutcheon to take another timeout. It was getting tense out there. The Germans drew level at 22-22 after Tom failed to deal with a Grun shot down the middle. Ssuschke-Voigt blocked Tom to bring up matchpoint and the American players then look on as a Kozuch serve lands in to bring Germany a spectacular victory.

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