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China see off Germany in five-set thriller

China's spike was the difference in the deciding set
Quanzhou, China, August 13, 2011 – China had to fight back from two sets down as they saw off Germany 3-2 (14-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 18-16) in a spectacular 2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix match in Quanzhou on Saturday.

Germany scored several points through cross court spikes of Kozuch and Beier in the first set as captain Fürst put up some stunning blocks to send them into the lead. China coach Yu Juemin sent on Fan Linlin and Ma Yuewen in but it didn’t make much difference as Germany took the first set easily.

2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
August 5-28

That confidence carried into the second set despite China putting on a good fight back. A solid number of spikes from China saw them take the lead at 21-20 but blocks by Kozuch and Fürst saw Germany take the second set and move one step closer to victory.

In the third set, China enhanced its serves, but also took some risks. Nevertheless, Xu Yunli’s serves played a crucial role as she served aces and upset her opponents’ first pass. Teamwork between the two Chinese captains, Wei Qiuyue and Hui Ruoqi then helped China seal the third as they began to launch their comeback.

Germany’s attack then fell to pieces in the fourth as China was able to spike from various angles. Second spikers Ma Yunwen and Xu Yunli and wing spiker Yang Jie became the most effective attackers as they regained control and eventually sent the match to a tie breaker.

China maintained their momentum in the fifth as Germany continued to struggle. China maintained control, holding Germany at bay as they eventually picked up the win.

On Sunday China face Russia while Germany take on Peru.


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