World No.8 Germany performed superbly in the previous week in Pool H by stunning hosts Poland in straight sets and gave the Grand Prix leaders Japan a daunting task in a five-set thriller. They have their sights on a clean sweep in Pool L to make sure their Finals ticket can be within their reach. However, things turned sour for the Germans.
Defending and successive two-time world champions Russia, whose height average is 186cm against the rivals’183cm, got off to a dismal start in the first set. first set when Germany, led by hard-attacking Saskia Hippe and veteran Christiane Furst, played exceptionally well to win the closely-contested first set 25-22.
Russia still showed their brave fight in the fourth set. Kosheleva and Goncharova overcame the smaller blockers with their aggressive attacks to help their team win the set 25-19.
The decider saw Russia prove more steadily to capture the exciting battle 15-11 and the grueling 3-2 match.
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