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Germany comes from behind to wedge out Slovakia in dramatic four sets

Slovakian Radka Kubaliakova tries to vercome a triple block from Germany

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 9, 2009 – In what turned out to be a mighty clash, Germany gunned down Slovakia with an exceptional come-from-behind 22-25 25-19 25-20 25-19 victory.
 Slovakia, fourth place in the European Championship, got off to a great start to lead 4-0 in the first set, thanks to Tatiana Crkonova’s deadly smashes at the net and Nina Herelova’s well-placed serves. As Slovakia led commandingly 22-14, Germany heightened their defence, allowing the Slovakians tough times scoring. However, Slovakia pulled their game together to stretch the lead to 24-20. Germany saved two set points before Slovakia made short work to the rivals to take the hard-fought set 25-22.
 After going down one set, Germany regrouped and started to produce the goods in the second set. Their net-play performance was exceptional and their defence was also solid, helping the Germans lead narrowly 14-13. Slovakia combined the relentless attacks from Crkonova with the scintillating blocking by Nikola Radosova and Michaela Abrhamova to narrow the gap 18-20. However, Germany performed superbly to foil the rivals’ attempts to catch up with them and eventually captured the second set 25-19.
 The third set was very close and Germany still maintained their dominant form, with powerful Ann-Christin Quade hitting spectacularly from the mid-court and Anika Boin carrying out twinkling serves. Germany netted the set 25-20.
   Germany still took command in the fourth set, which they led 19-14 before Slovakia stormed back mightily to come close at 16-21. However, head coach Marek Hencek could not bring his girls back on track as Germany rolled on their rhythm to win the set 25-19 and the close match.



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