German players celebrate as they recovered from dropping the first set to defeat USA
Rosario, Argentina, August 26, 2017 - After a sloppy start, Germany defeated USA 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-17) at the first semifinal duel for the 5th place, with good numbers from Lina Alsmeier and Emma Cyris.
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Alsmeier placed atop of the lists with 19 points, well supported by captain Cyris with 16 and opposite Luisa Keller who charted 10. USA’s Holly Campbell and Madison Horin also collected 10 units, but the best scorer on the American side was Logan Eggleston with 13.
A higher error rate was the reason for Germany to trail in the first set, and Eggleston did the rest for the US team to an opening 25-20. The Europeans responded with Cyris and Alsmeier as leaders, but they had to wait for Luisa Keller’s serves on the final track to build the 25-22. The same German duo paved the way for the team in the third set, towards scores of 15-8 and 25-17 later on, and Alsmeier remained as the USA’s main headache with an eight-point total on the fourth set to stamp the definitive 25-17.