USA setter Donald
Suxho led his team
with 10 digs against
Germany – he was
the third best digger
of the Finals
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FINALS HIGHLIGHTS
POOL
E
One of the few teams that can keep
up with the Americans in blocks,
Germany had 15, led by Marcus
Böhme (No. 8) and Denys Kaliberda
with four each
Denys Kaliberda led Germany in spikes,
blocks and receptions
against USA
Germany quickly shook off their opening-day
defeat to Bulgaria and dug deep to edge the
imposing USA team in five sets. The Americans
weren’t helped by 28 errors – 10 more than
Germany – but apart from that, the stats were
pretty close. USA were led by strong performances
from Clayton Stanley (22 points) and Matthew
Anderson (20), while Denys Kaliberda topped
Germany’s scoring with 18 points.
It is obvious that it was a close game,” Germany
coach Vital Heynen said. “Even in the end, it was
hard to spot the difference between the two
teams. The most important thing for us was that
we played much better than against Bulgaria.
Now we will see what will happen tomorrow.”
The win gave Germany – who lost their opener
to Bulgaria – some hope of advancing to the
semifinals, but they would need the hosts to beat
USA in the final Pool E match.
July 5
GER
USA
3
2
20-25 25-21 21-25 25-20 16-14
POOL E - DAY 2
Germany outlast USA over five sets