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USA overcome nerves to take match against Germany at Montreux Volley Masters


Montreux, Switzerland, May 27, 2014 - The USA have won their opening game over Germany 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-21).

Rachel Adams was the lead scorer for the US team while Margareta Kozuch led the German side with 18 points.

An exciting game awaited spectators at the 29th Montreux Volley Masters as Germany faced Olympic silver medallist, USA.

As expected, the game between the two teams remained tied, with both teams getting kills on account of their good side-out games.

Germany took advantage of their strong service. The Americans on the other hand couldn’t handle this pressure and fell behind, but never with more than four points. But it wasn’t enough and the Germans didn’t give away their early lead winning the first set 25-22.

Nevertheless, the world’s number 2 didn’t lose their nerve. On account of Lauren Paolini’s good serves and setter Courtney Thompson’s strong defence, the US were able to come back into the game. The Germans couldn’t take advantage of their attacking game as the US started to read their opponent’s game better. Karch Kiraly’s players took the lead in the important stage of the game and won the second set 25-20 as a consequence.

The third set was marked by long rallies, without either team taking a clear lead, although both gave their best and fought for every ball. The US, however, played a clever game at the end of the third set winning it 25-23 after taking advantage of a break in Germany‘s defence.

The Americans dominated the game in the beginning of the fourth set, while the Germans started to struggle and couldn’t handle the pressure and fell behind 9-15.

In order to get his players to play a more concentrated game, Giovanni Guidetti changed the game plan of his team. As a consequence, the Germans fought their way back to tie the game at 18-18. While everyone believed the Germans could turn around their luck, Karch Kiraly’s players eventually found their rhythm. The Olympic silver medallists increased their lead again to win the set 25-21.

Kimberly Hill who scored 16 points was happy about the important opening victory saying, “It was a hard game against the Germans today. We were a little bit nervous in the first set – however, that’s always like this when we play our first game of the season together.”

The 24 years old wing-spiker even revealed the secret preparation method for the opening game. “We took a bath in the cold Lake Geneva to cool down yesterday. And as it seems it worked.”

Margareta Kozuch, on the other hand, was sad about the missed opportunity in the fourth set. “It was such a tied game,“ she said.“We had our opportunities, but couldn’t capitalise on them. We fought our way back into the game as a team in the fourth set and could even tie the score, but the Americans didn’t give up at this important moment.”

And Kimberly Hill knows why her team found their rhythm: “I think it’s our “American national team mentality”. Every time we fall behind, we look into each other’s eye and encourage us as team to get back.”


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