Americans remain unbeaten in Pool B


LONDON, Great Britain, July 31, 2012 – The United States claimed on Tuesday afternoon their second consecutive preliminary match at Earls Court beating Pool B opponents Germany 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, and 25-20) to go one step closer to defending their Olympic crown.


This result totally reversed the outcome of the match played by these sides only a few weeks ago at the World League finals where Germany had rallied to a 3-2 win. Team USA totally outclassed Germany in blocking (11-4) and scored also more aces (6 to 4) to improve their Olympic record with Germany to 2-0.


Matthew Anderson continued his strong form, scoring 15 points with an excellent 45% strike rate on spikes. USA captain Clayton Stanley was also very effective in attack. USA’s offence was well marshaled by Donald Suxho, who carried the majority of the setting load, finishing with an average of 11.67 per set, two more than anyone else in the match.


Germany’s top scorer, György Grozer, finished with 12 points, but he was responsible for many of the team’s wayward serves and spikes, which impacted on his effectiveness.