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Belgium upsets the USA in the mighty clash of the two continents

Belgian and American players fight for the ball over the net.

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 4, 2009 – The European champions Belgium showed full strength in the clash against the Norceca winners USA. After beating the Japanese in four sets on the previous day, Belgium continued their remarkable form in the championship.
 The Belgians started aggressively, with powerful Lise van Hecke penetrating the American defence with her deadly spikes to help the team take an initial 5-1 lead in the first set. The USA regrouped to prove that there is life in a sporting event. They challenged seriously to catch the Belgians at 8-8 and from then stormed on mightily to win the first set 25-20.
 Belgium still took command initially in the second set by leading 7-3 before stretching it to 16-6. They never looked back from then on to clinch the effortless set 25-13.
 The third set turned out to be a hotly-contested affair when both sides took turns leading. Belgium scored a crucial point at 24-21, thanks largely to Van Hecke’s relentless attacking at the net. However, the Belgians could not finish of their task as the USA steadied their nerves and found their touch to catch them at 24-24. Since then, it became a heart-pounding thriller as both sides tried their best to win the crucial set. Leads changed hands again and again. As Belgium led 31-30, Van Hecke overpowered the American blockers with her spectacular spike to hand Belgium the sensational 32-30 win in the set.
   Belgium still ruled the fourth set with their powerful attacking and impenetrable defence to win the fourth set 25-19 and the match.



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