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2005 edition
 
 
World Grand Prix 2004 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Germany beat Russia 3-2 (25-18, 16-25, 27-29, 28-26, 15-12) - duration 2:06
23-Jul, start time: 20:45, end time: 22:51 - Attendance: 1'350
City: Rostock, Germany; Hall : Stadthalle Rostock
Hard-fought German 3-2 win over Russia
The German team left the first impressions in the first set: Olessya Kulakova gained four points with block and spike at the start stretching the German lead to 10-6. Good play by Judith Sylvester and Christiane Fuerst extended it to 17-11. This lead was big enough to win the set easily 25-18.

At the start of the second set the crowds saw a much better Russian team. The block with the players besides the very experienced Anastasia Belikova (more than 200 caps) was much more effective, and the Russians extended their lead point by point. Though Germany's head coach Hee Wan Lee made several substitutions, he could not prevent losing the second set.

The third set could be compared with the waves of the Baltic Sea: up and down on both sides. Most of the time the German team was leading by several points, then Russia came back. At 24-21 everything seemed to go for the Germans, but Gruen was unable to score in two attacks. The young Russian team saved two further set points before Belikova won their second set point and the set 29-27.

The fourth set was a mirror-image of the third: Germany led right from the start, sometimes by as much as six points (15-9) - and Russia tried to catch up. However, Gruen kept calm when the Russians had two match points, and Safronova hit the ball far out at Germany's second set point.

Block, defence and spike were right again at the start of the last set. Gruen and Co. soon grabbed a 5-1 lead supported by the "Germany, Germany," cries