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Germany runs over Olympic silver medallists in Rio de Janeiro

Margareta Kozuch was the top scorer

Rio de Janeiro, July 31, Brazil – The German team coached by Italian Giovanni Guidetti showed its strength here Friday at Maracanazinho Gymnasium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In its debut in the FIVB World Grand Prix 2009, the European overcame Beijing Olympic Games silver medallists the United States 3-0 (25-15, 25-15 and 25-16) and achieved its first win in the tournament.

With the result, Germany joins Brazil as the winning teams of the Pool A in the first day of the competition in Brazilian court. Here Saturday, the still unbeaten teams will face each other while the USA and Puerto Rico will play looking for their first win.

German opposite Margareta Kozuch led all scorers with 15 points. American opposite Nicole Fawcett was the best scorer of her team with 11 points.

Imposing its serve and spike based game, Germany obtained a 4-1 lead, followed by an 8-4 advantage in the first technical timeout. Almost perfect in spiking, Margareta Kozuch was the star of beginning of the set. In an intelligent second ball of setter Kathleen Weiss, the European increased the advantage to 13-7. Keeping the rhythm until the end, Germany confirmed the win in the first frame with Heike Beier spiking: 25-15.

Even after the break between first and second sets, the USA could not react and that was clear when opposite Nicole Fawcett served out, giving the rivals an 8-3 lead in the first TTO. American head coach, Olympic champion Hugh McCutcheon, made several substitutions in the team during the partial, but it did not change the match’s scenery until the second TTO, when the lead was German again: 16-9. Led by wing-spiker Cynthia Barboza,the USA reacted and reduced the difference to 18-12, but could not avoid the defeat 25-15.

With Margareta Kozuch and middle-blocker and captain Christiane Furs splitting the responsibility of scoring spike points for Germany, the European team did not have many troubles to achieve a 6-1 lead in the third set. Improving its defensive skills, the USA finally showed its best volleyball and tied the match 7-7 when German middle-blocker Corina Ssuchke spiked out of bounds. American was interrupted when Ssuchke scored two serve points and gave her team a 15-9 advantage. In the end, the American tried to react again, but Margareta Kozuch spiked to seal the German win: 25-16.


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