Friedrichshafen, Germany, June 11, 2011 - Germany celebrated its second victory in this year’s FIVB Volleyball World League after beating Japan 3-2 (20-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-11, 18-16) in Friedrichshafen on Saturday.
The win sees the side move to within four points of Bulgaria to as Robert Kromm sealed 21 points for his team. Japan’s Kunihiro Shimizu topped the scores with 23 points.
Germany started strongly through a number of powerful serves as the Japanese reception had difficultiesBut unforced errors caused Germany to drift behind as the visitors took the first set.
Both teams began the second set strongly before Japanese star Kunihiro Shimizu sent his side ahead through some well placed serves. Raul Lozano’s side fought back but in the end it was the Japanese defence which gave the side a 2-0 lead.
A poor start in the third saw Germany fall behind early on but they came back into the game before two set points were enough for the hosts to win the third set and keep the game alive.
Germany entered the third set in a furious manner as they dominated all areas of the game. Christian Dünnes’ attacks rained down on the visiting Japanese and hi side eventually pulled the scores to 2-2 and sent the game to a tie breaker.
Both sides began the fifth set well, refusing to grant control to the other. That was the case until 13-all as the crowd began to edge further towards the edge of their seats. After defending one match point a single block from Germany granted them a first match point which was duly converted much to the elation of their fans.
The two sides will meet again on Sunday at 16:00GMT.