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Women s Olympic Games 2004 - Press Conference

Press conference

Russia beat Germany 3-0 (31-29, 25-11, 25-18) - duration 1:24
18-Aug, start time: 19:30, end time: 20:54 - Attendance: 5'300
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Russia hit their straps in straight-sets win over Germany
Sydney 2000 silver medalists Russia jumped to the top of Pool B on Set Ratio with an efficient straight sets win over Germany.

With a world ranking of five Russia were always expected to be too strong for Germany, ranked 10th, but having lost to Cuba in Sunday's five-set thriller the questions surrounded Russia's mental state going into the game.

Right from the opening whistle, Germany who upset Cuba in the opening match of the tournament, tried to gain the early advantage using variety in their play to unsettle the favourites. Both sides traded points before Russia finally sealed the first set having reached 31 points.

The second set was more of a Russian benefit with Ekaterina GAMOVA dominating all facets of play. She was instrumental in taking advantage of Germany's loss in confidence after the first set defeat. GAMOVA's attacks were brilliant while Lioubov SHASHKOVA supported her admirably and as a result Russia won the second set easily.

Up 2-0 it was left for Russia to wrap up their second win of the tournament. Germany looked tired and were unable to match the quick-tempo style of Russia so it wasn't long before the favourites had wrapped up the win.

GAMOVA was unstoppable with 23 points, while SHASHKOVA added 19 for the winners. Germany, who had a bad day in offensive having converted only 12 of 35 spikes, relied heavily on Angelina GRUN, who scored 13 points and was the only German in double figures.

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