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Germany assures 2012 World League spot

Germany's Stefan Hübner and Jochen Schöps was key for their sides win over Japan on Thursday
Stuttgart, Germany, June 30, 2011 – World No.9 Germany assured their participation in the 2012 FIVB Volleyball World League with a 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-21) victory over Japan in front of their home fans in Stuttgart on Thursday night in the 2011 edition of the tournament.

With the success the hosts take their points tally to 12 and therefore cannot be one of the two teams who have to participate in the Qualification Round.

Robert Kromm scored 17 points for the hosts while Tatsuya Fukuzawa was the best scorer with 21.
Neither of the teams could make an early break in the first as they both battled for supremacy. German errors in attack allowed the guests to expand their lead to five points before a strong serve from Yuya Ageba saw the visitors take an early advantage.

The second set also started in an equal manner before German setter Patrick Steuerwald put pressure on the Japanese reception as the hosts went ahead. The middle of the set saw the German service improve and although Japan staged a comeback Marcus Böhme finished with a brutal middle attack.

An amazing defensive move from Patrick Steuerwald which saw him save the ball in the corner of the playing area playing the ball over the head into the Japanese field and touching the net gave Germany a lead in the third. After an attack error from the guests and two blocks from Germany the lead was made comfortable. Strong serves helped Germany solidify their lead as they marched on to go ahead for the first time in the match.
Germany started the fourth set well with a Sebastian Schwarz block and a Kromm attack. The Japanese seemed tired but Germany still failed to take a decisive lead. Germany coach Raul Lozano substituted Christian Dünnes for Jochen Schöps and Schwarz brought the decisive break by blocking. A technical error from Japanese setter Daisuke Usami saw the match end with Germany on top.

The two teams will meet again on Friday at 17:00 GMT.

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