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Match Descriptive

U.S.A. beat Thailand 3-2 (25-17, 25-20, 22-25, 22-25, 15-5) - duration 2:01
23-Jul, start time: 18:05, end time: 20:06 - Attendance: 1'050
City: Rostock, Germany; Hall : Stadthalle Rostock
USA ensure final round by defeating Thailand 3-2
Right from the start, the Americans showed their class gaining a quick 4-0 lead with good blocks. It seemed as if the Thais had a lot of respect for the physical domination of their opponents. Supported by the crowds, however, the Thailand's team got back and closed the gap at 10-9 with two aces by setter Nootsara Tomkom. But in the end there was no surprise in this opening set because Logan Tom, the current best scorer in the 2004 World Grand Prix, scored as will in attack and block.

The American block again dominated at the beginning of the second set. Tom and Heather Bown who substituted Danielle Scott, "closed" the net (8-1). Thailand's coach Nataphon Srisamutnak reacted and substituted several players, the second setter Narumon Khan-An came in, for instance. This had an immediate effect, Thaland's defended well us usual, but attacked better and shoretend the gap to 16-15. But then the Americans put more pressure on, increased their lead to 21-17 and took the set safely home.

US head coach Yoshida let star attackers Tom and Phipps on the bench in the third set, replacing them by Ogonna Nnamani and team captain Tara Cross-Battle, but they were not to blame that the Americans were even trailing 18-16. At 21-19 for Thailand Keba Phipps came back on court, but Nurak Nokputta achieved the set point for the Asians.

The fourth set started similar to the third: Thailand not only fought back bravely, they even took over the lead at 13-11. Yoshida still did not call