2012 Day 2 Summary




British teams start and end spectacular day at the Excel South Centre.


GBR 0 – 3 UKR
(9-25, 20-25, 14-25)
Much press publicity was placed on the Great Britain women’s team as they played their first ever Paralympic Volleyball match. They were due to face a mammoth task when playing against the World Championships 2010 Bronze Medallist and European Champions, Ukraine.
What could have been nerves in the first set, Ukraine had 6 unanswered points before GB scored their first point. A start that is always difficult to overcome as Ukraine powered ahead to win the first set comfortably. The second set, GB started off slowly, this time 5 points behind the Ukrainians. The lead was double when Ukraine led 20-10. However a series of 5 strong serves by Claire Harvey brought the scoreline a little be closer, but the distance was still too far apart as Ukraine won 25-20. the third set was difficult for the home team playing first thing in the morning, however it was their first ever time competing at the Paralympics and the first GB women sitting volleyball match at the Paralympics.
GER 3 – 0 MAR
(25-11, 25-10, 25-9)
There were no real surprises in this match, as the European team dominated and did not give up against the Moroccans. Germany scored a total of 12 aces in the three sets.
BRA 3 – 0 RWA
(25-5, 25-5, 25-13)
Rwanda were constantly found to be making errors upon errors, before handing Brazil the match. This is the second loss by Rwanda.
CHN 3 – 1 USA
(23-25, 32-30, 25-23, 25-17)
What could be the most exciting game of the day, (apart from the heroics of the Mayor of London – Boris Johnson and actress celebrity Barbara Windsor on the demonstration of their sport skills on the court) was the repeat of the 2008 Paralympic and 2010 World Championships Finals. In the two previous encounters China had not lost a single set, however, in this pool play, USA took the first set, had two set points in the 2nd set, were neck and neck in the 3rd, before collapsing in the 4th set. If these two teams make it to the Finals, this could become the most ever spectacular match seen on any sitting volleyball court.
NED 3 – 1 JPN
(22-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-14)
Japan came from 19-12 behind in the first set to take the first set of their Paralympic campaign. The 2008 Bronze medallists, Netherlands, had other things on their mind, as they overturned the deficit to take the next three sets comfortably.
GBR 0 – 3 EGY
(15-25, 17-25, 22-25)
The second game for the GB men was the last match of the first full day of sitting volleyball at the Excel Centre, South. In almost the same fashion as against the Russians a day earlier, GB demonstrated progress on the court against the opponents, with the closest to their opponents at 17-19 in the third set. However, the experience of the Egyptians prevailed as they celebrated their second victory of the Paralympics.


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