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Germany finishes World League with victory

The German team finished the World League with victory over Japan
Stuttgart, Germany July 1, 2011 – Germany finished their 2011 FIVB Volleyball World League with a straight sets (25-14, 25-22, 25-20) win over Japan in Stuttgart on Friday.

Germany captain Robert Kromm topped the hosts with 17 points as Japan’s Kunihiro Shimizu equalled that tally for his side. After the match the Vice President of the German Volleyball Federation Martin Walter handed over a check in the amount of 3,300 Euros to Japanese team manager Seiji Yoshida which was raised by fans to help support those affected by the flood disaster in Japan in earlier this year.

Germany started furiously, serving with a lot of pressure and defending well. Japan tried to come back but could not find their rhythm as the hosts took a lead.
Japan tried to put pressure on the German reception around libero Markus Steuerwald with their service but made too many mistakes as the home side went into the lead. The visitors started to use their quick attackers at the back but Germany continued to pile on the points. The lead seemed comfortable but Japan benefitted from German mistakes and came as close as one point until the hosts finished it off.

The hosts again started well in the third but their Asian rivals did not want to finish the World League that easily and equalized. However the powerful serves kept on coming from Germany before captain Kromm fittingly finished their campaign with a spike.

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