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Match Descriptive

Germany beat U.S.A. 3-2 (25-23, 21-25, 16-25, 25-17, 15-12) - duration 1:57
24-Jul, start time: 20:35, end time: 22:32 - Attendance: 1'700
City: Rostock, Germany; Hall : Stadthalle Rostock
Germany reached the Final Round
Germany had to replace middle blocker Christiane Fuerst who suffered an eye-injury during training on Saturday, by Kathy Radzuweit. They started very well and quickly led 4-0 after a block by Radzuweit. Though the USA, playing with Lindsey Berg and Ogonna Nnamani, drew equal for the first time at 15-15, they never were in the lead. It was Germany's team captain Angelina Gruen who scored the second set point for a 25-23 win.

After several German mistakes caused by Heather Bown's and Logan Tom's hard jump-serves, the Americans took over the lead early in the second set (12-8). The USA extended that lead after excellent defence by libera Stacy Sykora and drew equal by sets.

The US players didn't have to do much in the third set because the Germans made the mistakes themselves. Their reception was inaccurate, the attacks often landed outside. Germany's head coach Hee Wan Lee substituted several players but the team tried in vain to close the gap to the Americans.

Lee kept his team with the substitutes Atika Bouagaa, Christina Benecke and Julia Schlecht unchanged, and the hosts showed that they were willing to fight for making the final round in Italy. The led 8-1 and 16-7, thanks to strong serves and attacks winning the fourth set and forcing the World silver medallists USA into the tie-break fifth set.

The 1,700 spectators were standing right from the beginning of the fifth set to shout the hosting team on. After a well-balanced game a series of three points in a row - spike by Gruen, mi