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USA beat Germany in straight sets

Local Hong Kong fans watched as Germany succumbed to the USA in their first game of the weekend
Hong Kong, China, August 20, 2010 – The USA overwhelmed Germany in straight sets (25-15, 25-18, 25-13) on Friday as the two sides continued their 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix campaigns in Hong Kong.

The Americans came out strong in the first set as Germany struggled to find their form and rhythm. The fast movement at the net enabled the USA to widen the gap to 5-2 before leading at the first technical timeout. The Germans failed to control the pacing of the set until captain Margareta Kozuch, demonstrated outstanding leadership as well as intelligent backline attacks. However, the USA secured the lead at the second technical timeout before their block stopped Germany’s attack from gaining any momentum as they picked up the set.
The second set was more competitive as Germany improved their defence and attack. Both sides fought neck and neck as the USA kept up a one point lead. Powerful serving and solid defence enabled the USA to gain three consecutive points, forcing Germany to call for a time out at 14-11. The highly motivated USA gained control at the net to widen the gap to 18-13 before storming to the second set win.

The final set began with several serving and reception errors from Germany. The side called for a timeout as they lagged four points behind the USA before reaching the first technical timeout. The undaunted Germany put up a good fight but the Americans shook off the challenge and moved further ahead, excelling with superb serving and spiking from Jordan Larson. The USA maintained the pressure as the Germans failed to come back and eventually went down in the set, thus concluding the match.

The USA will now take on Thailand while Germany take on home side China on Saturday.


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