Gründing fires Germany to straight sets win over Cameroon


Yokohama, Japan, September 30, 2018 - Germany cruised to a 3-0 win (25-14, 25-10, 25-16) over Cameroon on the second day of Pool A action in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship on Sunday, powered to their maiden victory of this year’s competition by 10 Lisa Gründing points.

Louisa Lippmann was also a regular on the board for the Germans, contributing nine points, including six spikes.

Cameroon came into the match off the back of their first ever win at the World Championship, a 3-1 triumph over Mexico on day one, but while they did their best here Germany were just too strong and Estelle Adiana was their top scorer with nine points - all of which came from spikes.

Germany had lost their first match 3-1 against the Netherlands but were incredibly unfortunate not to take that game to a fifth set, and top scorer from that match Lippmann picked up just where she had left off coming into this game, scoring Germany’s first two points and spurring them into a 5-0 lead in the first set, which Felix Koslowski’s side went on to wrap up 25-14.

This was the first ever meeting between Cameroon and Germany at a major world level competition, and once the Germans had established control of proceedings it was going to take something special for Cameroon to find a way back - especially after Gründing and Jennifer Geerties started to find their scoring form to steer their team to a 25-10 second set win.

The third set followed a similar pattern, and back-to-back Jana Franzisca Poll points saw Germany pull away after the first technical time out, with the 30-year-old also scoring Germany’s next two points to make it 12-7. Cameroon mounted a spirited comeback and went on to score a match-high 16 points but were ultimately defeated by a Barbara Roxana Wezorke block.

Argentina provide Germany’s next opponents on Monday, when Cameroon will also be in action against the Netherlands.


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