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Gritty Slovakia sends African champions Tunisia packing in lop-sided straight sets

Slovakian Simona Lukacova and Tunisian Hayfa Aidi fight for the ball over the net.

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 7, 2009 – Slovakia put in their best performance in the top-notch championship after annihilating winless Tunisia in comfortable straight sets 25-9 25-18 25-19.
 Slovakia used their height advantage to attack devastatingly and led commandingly 11-5 in the first set. The Slovakians played an impenetrable defence, allowing the smaller-made rivals tough times to score. Slovakia, whose height average is 181cm against Tunisia’s 176cm, widened the gap to 19-7 and never looked back from then on. They awarded the African champions only two more points to wrap up the one-sided battle 25-9.
 After going down one set, Tunisia gathered their courage and determination. They tried hard to refrain from making any unforced mistakes. Their more determination bore fruits when they raced to the 10-2 lead from the beginning. However, Tunisia failed to make their mark later on, allowing the formidable Slovakians several attacking opportunities. Slovakia caught them at 10-10 and stretched it to 18-16. They stormed on to win the set 25-18, again without much trouble.
 The third set was a see-saw battle when both sides changed leads for several times at the beginning. Trailing 15-21, Tunisia played cool under pressure. They narrowed the gap 17-22, but Slovakia attempted to make short work of the rivals, producing several deadly spikes. They eventually ended the Tunisia’s challenge 25-19.    




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