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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

U.S.A. beat Japan 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 29-27) - duration 1:50
03-Jul, start time: 13:00, end time: 14:50 - Attendance: 1'200
City: Seoul; Hall : Seoul Student Gymnasium
Mountain Block USA beat JPN straight sets
USA was well prepared and on fire today. USA started with strong serve and powerful attack coupled with frequent 'backrow' attacks by # 12 and #3. USA seemed to be well prepared at the net as if "they knew what will happen in JPN's attack pattern. #12, #8 and #3 of USA almost destroyed JPN's spikes on both sides. JPN could not put the ball away due to huge 'mountain block' of USA, barely managing tips and pushing over the block, which gave a number of freeballs to USA.

JPN struggled to get on to USA court in their spiking again as was in the first set, but USA did not allow them to do so effectively. USA # 3 and #12 with some helps from #8 and #6 with their moving quick attacks to right side of the net made JPN's blockers and diggers so busy even though JPN all geared up with a dynamic defensive system
In the 3rd set 'Bench tactics' by the JPN headcoach saved JPN from three straight sets defeat. He put a new setter on the court with a number of effective subs, which made JPN look different patterns of offensive plays and it worked well, winning 3rd set.

JPN changed their attack patterns focusing on quick attacks in the middle which was quite effective for a while, but was not enough to overcome USA's blocks. #12 and #3 of USA were outperformed and 'hot' during entire match. USA seemed to have much study on JPN's attack style and well prepared in their movement and positioning of blockers. A final point again by wonderful block of USA ended a very close 4th set winning 29:27 for USA.