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Girls under 18 2003 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Russia beat China 3-2 (25-27, 25-19, 25-19, 22-25, 16-14) - duration 2:05
13-Aug, start time: 12:30, end time: 14:35 - Attendance: 230
Defending champions beaten by Russia

In the first set Russians and Chinese went hand in hand and neither of the teams was able to gain more than one point advantage over the opponent. Accordingly, one point decided about Chinese victory. The Russian team lost 25:27. The Russians bounced back in the second set and, after 24 minutes of a leveled battle, won 25:19. The Russian team kept up the game at the high level, nonetheless the Chinese did not make it easy for them to win the third set. Only in the end of it did the Russian team manage to obtain a slight advantage, which they upheld till the end of the third set. The defending champions were beaten 19:20. That failure gave them the boost and in the fourth set the Chinese, despite the fight put up by the Italians, made their way straight to the victory. Although the Chinese team played as well as they could they were not able to break the Russian advantage and lost in tie break 14:16