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Germany assures its second win in Pool A

German celebrate their second win

Rio de Janeiro, August 2, Brazil – Germany obtained its second win in the FIVB World League 2009 here Sunday at Maracanazinho Gymnasium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The team coached by Italian Giovanni Guidetti overcame debuting Puerto Rico in a five-set match (19-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-13 and 15-12) in the teams’ last appearance in Pool A.

With its second win, Germany ends the first week of the tournament as second placed in Pool A, with five points and a 2-1 win record. The debuting Puerto Rican, who lost all three matches, were fourth placed with three points. Leader Brazil, with six points, and third placed the USA, with four, complete the pool.

German opposite Margareta Kozuch led all scorers with amazing 19 points. Puerto Rican spiker Aurea Cruz scored 15 points.

Using very well its serve power – scored five points -, Puerto Rico took the lead of the first set in its beginning. In the first technical timeout, the Caribbean had an 8-5 lead after a serve point of Aurea Cruz. The team led by Argentinean Carlos Cardona had a five-point advantage (13-8) that was reduced to two when German Maren Brinker spiked to score 14-12. In the end of the frame, taking advantage of several mistakes committed by the European, Puerto Rico closed the set 25-19 when German Anne Matthes spiked out of bounds.

Germany started the second partial better and had the lead in the first TTO with middle-blocker Corina Ssuschke spiking against Puerto Rican block: 8-7. With four more straight points, the German achieved a safe 12-7 when middle-blocker Christiane Furst scored a block point. Keeping the good rhythm until the end, the German team tied the match with opposite Margareta Kozuch spiking: 25-20.

Puerto Rico did not feel the defeat and entered the third frame playing well. The Caribbean quickly achieved a 12-7 lead before the second technical timeout, when the scoreboard showed 16-10 after a wrong serve of Germany. Using a good spikes variation promoted by setter and captain Vilmarie Mojica, the Puerto Rican sustained the difference until the end of the set, which was closed after a wrong spike of German captain Christiane Furst: 25-18.

Germany had a huge lead in the beginning of the third frame when wing-spiker Heike Beier scored a serve point (7-1). Using the same weapon, the Puerto Rican got closer (8-6), but quickly Germany kept away from the Caribbean again having 16-10 on its favor in the second TTO. The advantage got even bigger when captain Christiane Furst scored a serve point: 21-11. In the end, German win was sealed when Sabrina Ross spiking against Puerto Rican block: 25-13.

Puerto Rico started the last set showing nervousness and allowed the German to scored the first four points. However, a wrong spike of Margareta Kozuch tied the set in the sixth point. Keeping calm, Germany was able to recover its advantage after several mistakes of the Caribbean: 10-7. But the Puerto Rican did not give up and, led by spiker Aurea Cruz, tied the match again: 11-11. With a smart spike of Maren Brinker, the European got close to the win again: 13-11. In the end, Aurea Cruz spiked in the net and confirmed German win: 15-12.

In second week of the World Grand Prix, Germany will play in Chinese Taipei against the USA, Dominican Republic and the Netherlands, for Pool D, while the Puerto Rican are placed in Pool F and will face Russia, South Korea and host Japan.


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