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2010 Girls' Youth Olympic Games
21 - 26 August 2010

 Press Release
Belgium and USA to vie for YOG Girls' gold

Belgium, ranked sixth in the FIVB junior women’s world ranking, will face USA in the final of YOG 2010 on Thursday
Singapore, Singapore, August 24, 2010 – Belgium will take on USA in a dream Girls’ Youth Olympic Games final on Thursday after they both won their semifinals on Tuesday.

Belgium defeated Peru 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-21, 25-22) in less than one and a half hour. Thanks to a good reception and good spikes from the powerful Lotte Penders that scored 16 points, Belgium earned their ticket to the final.

In the second girls semifinal USA beat Japan 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-23) in front of an exited crowd in Toa Payoh Sports Hall Tuesday evening.

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United States coach Rodney Wilde was impressed by Japan: “This was the exact type of match we expected. We knew that they were very good and that it was not going to be easy. They served well, and we hoped that our size would be enough, and it was.” he said.

Belgium, ranked sixth in the FIVB junior women’s world ranking and the highest ranked team at the Youth Olympic Games will play USA ranked 14th in the FIVB junior women’s world ranking, in the Girls’ final on Thursday at 9:00.

Singapore and Egypt will try to become the fifth place girls’ team at 12.30 on Wednesday while Peru, on the other hand, will compete against Japan for third place at 15:30

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