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2005 edition
 
 
World Grand Prix 2004 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

U.S.A. beat China 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-20) - duration 1:21
29-Jul, start time: 17:05, end time: 18:26 - Attendance: 820
City: Reggio Calabria; Hall : Palapentimele hall
Perfect start for USA with straight sets win over defending champs
USA made a superb start to the World Grand Prix Final Round with a straight sets victory over the defending champions China in the much awaited duel between the two top teams in the world rankings, to jump to the top of Pool A ahead of China and Italy.

USA opened their World Grand Prix Final Round account without any nerves, displaying a great blocking game against the fast Chinese attack to open an early 5-2 lead. But China, who are ranked number in the world, were equally proficient in defence with some superb digging and they soon levelled the set at 5-5 before taking a substantial 19-14 lead. China lost control of the set when their middle-blocker Yanan Liu missed three spikes in a row and the Americans tied the set up at 20-20 before Nancy Metcalf spiked home the winner at 25-23.

In the second set USA started superbly thanks to some powerful spikes from Logan Tom, first-class digging from Stacy Sykora and excellent blocking from Keba Phipps and Danielle Scott, reaching an excellent 11-7 lead. China tried to reply with their best spikers Hao Yang and Suhong Zhou but it wasn't enough. USA claimed the set with the new entry Nnamani scoring to close the action at 25-18.

It was much the same story in the third set with USA storming to an early 4-0 lead. China lost their concentration and Chinese head coach Chen Zhonghe called on the setter Nina Song to replace their inspirational captain Kun Feng, which immediately brought a more fluent style of play. However, Tom and Scott kept on driving the match before Phipps had the honour to score the last point to lead USA to their first win of the Final Round.