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Slovakia annihilates winless Egypt in straight sets to play in 13th-14th play-off

Egypt confronts a tough battle against Slovakia.

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 11, 2009 – Slovakia outclassed Egypt 25-8 25-23 25-17 to next compete in the 13th-14th play-off, as the African side still could not end their jinx of not winning a single set in the top-notch championship.
 Slovakia, playing without three key players including hard-attacking Tatiana Crkonova and Radka Kubaliakova, seemingly played a relaxed match against lacklustrous Egypt to take the initial 8-1 lead in the first set. Dominika Drobnakova punctured the Egyptian defence with her devastating cross-court spikes to widen the gap to 15-6. Slovakia allowed the less-skilled rivals only two more points to wrap up the comfortable one-sided set 25-8.
 Egypt recovered from the nervous first set to come back much stronger in the second set. Yasmin Hussein uncorked a series of fierce spikes to put her team in front 16-9 and stretched it to 20-14 and 22-17. Though trailing far behind, Slovakia played cool under pressure. They improved on spiking and at the same time heightened their defence, allowing the Egyptians tough times scoring. Slovakia caught the smaller-built rivals at 22-22 and went on to take the come-from-behind second set win 25-23.
 Conceding two sets, Egypt gathered their courage and determination to lead 5-1 in the third set before Slovakia stormed back with deceptive drops and aggressive spikes to close the margin at 7-7. Using their height advantage, Slovakia spiked and blocked well to move ahead 21-16 and never looked back to capture the set 25-17 and the match.


 

  

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