FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

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French pick up shock win over USA

Ngapeth Earvin efforts in both attack and defence helped France pick up an unexpected win over USA in Italy on Friday

Florence, Italy, May 18, 2012 - France began their 2012 FIVB Volleyball World League campaign in fine style with a surprise 3-1 (17-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-17) win over Olympic champions USA as Pool C kicked off in Florence, Italy on Friday.

USA started the match well with good offense and a far superior block. The American players took the lead until the second technical time out thanks to great spiking, gradually building up an eight-point gap. Three French substitutions were useless as Matthew Anderson continued to pile on the pressure to take a 1-0 lead.

The second set started as the first had ended as the United States went into the first technical timeout with an 8-5 lead. But from their the French hitters woke up, finding consistency in their attacks to bring the scores level at one apiece.

The third set was a much more balanced affair, with both side's reception working well as errors started to creep in on both sides of the net. However France managed to remain the more focused of the two as good play by Earvin Ngapeth led the team to a 26-24 victory.

Winning two sets in a row seemed to invigorate "les bleus" as they took a quick lead at 9-4. Philippe Blain's side steadily built this, at one point creating a 10-point gap at 21-11. A very soft block by Ngapeth closed the set at 25-17 and gave France the victory.

Clayton Stanley topped the scorers with 17 points for USA while Marien Moreau and Earvin Ngapeth topped the charts for France with 16.

“We started the game well, but after the first set we felt asleep. In some way we blush with shame” American captain Stanley Calyton said. 

“We couldn’t follow our technical plan, but we make a lot of mistakes in reception”, US coach Alan Knipe agreed. “Definitely we weren’t focused on the match."

“Just 2 words: good job! The match started bad, but point after point we built our self-esteem,” Pierre Pujol, captain of France commented. 

“I’m happy because the changes I made during the second set helped us to turn the tables on” the French mentor Philippe Blain stated. “Actually, I can say we played well, with Marien Moreau above all."

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FIVB unveils World League match times

01.03.2012 15:48:51
Santo Domingo to host World League matches

10.02.2012 12:37:18
FIVB confirms schedule for World League 2012

17.12.2011 15:14:39
World League 2012 pools and format finalized

05.08.2011 17:10:34
Bulgaria opens new hall with match against Serbia

05.07.2011 22:07:24
Sofia confirmed as host of 2012 World League Finals

29.06.2011 18:28:41
FIVB World League 2012 playoff system announced