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United States enter the final with a 3-0 victory against Serbia

USA's Foluke Akinradewo spikes against Serbia

Macau, China, August 27, 2011 – United States beat Serbia in a three-set (25-22, 25-20, 25-21) game and thus entered the final of the 2011 World Grand Prix at the Macau East Asian Games Dome. 

Destinee Hooker from USA scored 20 points and was the top scorer while the Serbia star player Jovana Brakocevic obtained 19 points mainly from her sharp spikes.

Two US famous gunners Logan Tom and Hooker quickly showed their on-fire momentum with sharp attack from both sides of wings and led their team to a commanding 8-4 advantage. World Grand Prix debutant Serbia remained strong in attack but was struggling with their poor serves which gave Americans a few points directly. Like most of the first sets on today, Americans closed the first set at 25-22 without much suspense.

Serbia pillar Brakocevic brought her team back on track and fought every points bravely with their opponents. The tight and intense pattern lasted until the middle stage, while Foluke Akinradewo and Hooker in turn destroyed Serbia blocking with a combination of skillful and tip-over spikes.Serbia’s sporadic counter-attacks did close the gap but couldn’t stop Americans’ one step further toward tomorrow final.

The third set started at a point-by-point basis with impressive digging and spikes from both sides and Serbia maintained a small advantage, but an unexpected three consecutive serve errors significantly turned Serbia’s upward momentum. Akinradewo and Hooker again contributed not only sharp spikes but also a few solid blocks to close the third set at 25-21.


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