Americans stay undefeated, beat Germany in five sets
MEXICALI, Mexico, October 7, 2013.- The United States kept an
undefeated record in Pool B after a 3-2 win over Germany (25-15,
23-25, 25-27, 25-12, 15-11).
Americans are 3-0 at the tournament. Outside Hitter and captain
Gina Mancuso scored 20 points while Sandra Adeleye 10.
tried to distribute more their game with Katharina Schwabe and
Leonie Schwertmann. Both scored nine points apiece.
German Captain Jennifer Geerties finished with 8 points but was
forced to leave the match due to an injury after the third set.
USA had a 12-10 advantage in block kills and lead 8-6 in
Silge Wiebke had three block kills for Germany, the same by
Hayley Hodson and Sandra Adeleve on USA’s side.
In the last points of the fifth set Germany kept the hopes of
resilience, but USA set some pressure. Spike kills were also a
huge difference (52-34) in favour of the team coached by Olympic
medalist Karch Kiraly.
The Americans had a strong start in the first set, closing it
with a 10 point advantage. Germany recovered in the second with
good pass and defence strategy ordered by coach Jens Tietbohl.
The Germans also came back in the third thanks to their block.
USA had two set point chances but could not closed the third
that was for the European team that could not convert more than
12 points in the fourth and fifth.
That situation and some adjustements made by Kiraly’s squad in
the fourth gave them a 8-2 advantage by working on the service
as a weapon that put Germany’s reception in trouble.
Libero Anna Pogany had some good reactions but missed a couple
of key points in reception. USA had to work with short and fast
rallies in the set. Tiata Scambray and Rebecca Schäperklaus were
the serving weapons on the American and German sides,
respectively with three aces by the end of the fourth set that
was dominated by USA by more than 13 points.