2012 Day 3 Summary




Some surprising plays as Russia lose to Germans and Brazil take a set off the Chinese


CHN 3 – 1 BRA
(26-24, 25-15, 20-25, 25-16)
Brazil opened their Paralympic campaign with a match against reigning world and Paralympic champion, China. Surprising the Chinese, they were able to pile on pressure up until the first and then second technical time out, but then China were able to clearly accelerate away, and pushed China to a two points different. The second set, China were playing well and never lost the lead. In the third set, there was a tight contest, as Brazil started off with a lead, that they defended well against to take the third ever set that China has lost in three Paralympic games. In return, China showed no hesitation to finish off the match.
RUS 2 – 3 GER
(18-25, 25-11, 19-25, 25-15, 15-13)
A spectacular match between the European teams. Both teams played a tight game up until the first technical time out, where the eventual set winners started to extend their leads. In the 5th and final decider set, the time first to 15 points win the match. Sitting volleyball is so exciting, that even though RUS stormed into a 5 point lead at the beginning of the set, GER were able to stay within distance of going all the way with them. At 12-13, Germany scored an ace to give them their first match point, with which they duly took. The Bronze medallist from Beijing have lost against the lowest ranked European team, demonstrating the closeness of standards between the European zone.
IRI 3 – 0 CHN
(25-15, 25-19, 25-12)
The Iranian Men sitting volleyball team took one hour and one minute to beat the Chinese team. The match between the Asian nations showed how much of a difference is between the top two nations in the Asian continent.
GBR 0 – 3 NED
(25-13, 25-12, 25-15)
Great Britain’s second match of the Paralympics was against the previous bronze medallist, Netherlands. As with the first match, GB did badly to begin with and never recovered back. The second set started well with GB gaining three quick points including an ace. It was then that the Netherlands managed to get back into the game with strong serving the Head coach’s daughter and then to go on to win the set and the 3rd.
USA 3 – 0 SLO
(25-8, 25-15, 25-8)
Team USA beat two time semi finalists Slovenia in exactly one hour with 14 aces. The Americans took complete control of the match as Slovenia never managed to achieve more than two consecutive points.
BIH 3 – 0 BRA
(25-14, 25-21, 25-19)
The current European champions, Bosnia were successful in beating the Parapan American games winner Brazil in just under 75mins.


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