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2010 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship

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Puerto Rico hopes hit hard by Germany

Germans celebrate their key victory over Puerto Rico in opening match of Pool G
Catania, Italy, September 30, 2010 – George Grozer scored 24 points to help Germany to a straight-sets victory (25-22, 25-22, 25-18) over Puerto Rico in the first Pool G match of the second round in the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Championship.

The win gives Germany one foot in the third round while the loss is a big blow to Puerto Rico’s hopes of staying in contention. Marcus Bohme and Robert Kromm contributed 10 and nine points to the German cause while Hector Soto topped Puerto Rico’s scoring charts with 17 points and Jose Rivera added 11.

It was neck and neck early in the first set, the German attack rebuffed by solid blocks from the Puerto Rican defence. Bjorn Andrae’s attack and block and a powerful kill by Grozer led to an 8-7 lead for Germany at the first technical time-out but the Caribbean side started well after the pause with Victor Rivera in particular to the fore. The Europeans nevertheless extended their lead to 10-8 thanks to an attack by Bohme and reached the second break with a three-point lead, a block by Gunthor making it 16-13. Escalante narrowed the gap with a laser serve for Cuba but Germany answered back with a series of intelligent lobs, and it was the German defence that prevailed in the latter stages of an opening set won 25-22 thanks to a bomb from the red-hot Grozer.

The start of the second set was similar to the first but Puerto Rico took advantage of a few German errors while neither team looked fully focused. An ace by Puerto Rico’s Soto gave his side a hard-fought 11-9 lead and they arrived at the second break 16-15 ahead. The battle continued with Grozer carrying the Europeans, his arm like a machine-gun. An ace by Tischer gave Germany a three-point lead (21-18) and suddenly the set was out of reach for Puerto Rico. Grozer again closed the action with his 12th point of a second set that ended 25-22 to Germany.

Puerto Rico made a mistake in their formation at the start of the third set, leading to lengthy discussions before Tischer gave Germany an 8-7 lead with a spike following a receiving error by Puerto Rico. Kills by Soto and Jose Rivera help Puerto Rico to even the score and Figueroa provided inspiration off the bench. But Grozer then broke a 13-13 tie with a spike and Schwarz extended the German lead to 15-13, which became 16-14 thanks to a deft touch from Grozer. From there on the Germans dominated, Bohme’s block giving them a four-point lead, and the match finished in a one-sided way, a block from Kromm providing the finishing touch.


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