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American men's volleyball team overwhelms Finland in World League

English.news.cn   2010-06-13 11:38:11 FeedbackPrintRSS

GENEVA, June 13 (Xinhua) -- After beating Finland 3-1 again on Saturday, the United States harvested the full six points from the weekend FIVB men's volleyball World League clash in Finland.

It was a repeat of Friday's match during which Beijing Olympic champions U.S. fought back from one set down to outclass Finland 3-1 in Tampere, Finland.

The United States, again, shrugged off the first set deficit and trounced the hosts 18-25, 25-23, 25-21, 28-26.

Sean Rooney made 18 points for U.S. and Evan Patak added 13 although he came from the bench replacing Matthew Anderson.

Antti Siltala was again the best Finnish player with 22 points. Mikko Oivanen and Urpo Sivula scored 18 and 17 points.

Finland had a tremendous start to the match. After tying 2-2 in the first set, Finland took nine points in a row. Captain Jukka Lehtonen hit difficult serves and the other players took care of the rest. Finns kept the comfortable lead to the end of the set.

The second and third sets saw an improved and more determined U.S. team, who took the lead in the middle stage and kept it all the way to the end of the set.

The Finish could have level the score to 2-2 in the fourth set. But after squandering a 20-15 advantage and missing three set points, the hosts threw in the white towel and conceded the second defeat of the weekend.

In other matches played Saturday, Poland saw off hosts Argentina 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 25-20 in San Juan.

Cuba defeated Germany 26-24, 25-18, 25-19 in Havana to excite home fans, while Russia edged out Egypt 23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 15-8 in Kaliningrad.

Bulgaria picked up the first win of this year's competition in Incheon with a 25-19, 25-19, 25-20 win over South Korea.

Editor: Mo Hong'e
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