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Women's V-ball Rallies Past Czech Republic
By: UCLA Athletics

July 9, 1999

The U.S. women's volleyball team defeated the Czech Republic 3-2 (15-25, 20-25, 25-16, 25-23, 15-3) today at San Jose Obrero, rallying from two games down to win and improve their WUG record to 3-2. The difference in the match was Team USA's play at the net as they recorded 52 block assists, translating into 28 total blocks. Leading the block party was Elisabeth Bachman (Farmington, Minn.) who recorded 16 blocks, her third consecutive match with at least eight blocks. Benishe Dillard (Kent, Wash.) provided a huge spark off the bench, contributing 10 blocks despite playing just the final three games of the match. "The players who came in off the bench really changed the atmosphere of the match," head coach Jim Stone said. "They (Dillard and Kerri Walsh) played more aggressive as opposed to not wanting to make a mistake."

The first two games of the match were filled with mistakes by Stone's club, the majority of which centered around poor passing. The Czech Republic jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first game and Team USA never got closer than two points after that. Game two was a tight battle until the Czechs ran off five straight points to take an 18-13 lead and subsequently lead the match 2-0.

In game three, lineup changes and an intense demeanor began paving the way for a USA victory. Propelled by the play of Walsh (Saratoga, Calif.), who had six blocks in the game, the United States jumped out to an 8-2 lead. Though Czechoslovakia battled back, Dillard would end the game and the Czechs' hopes with a solo block.

Game four was the tightest of the match, with the lead changing hands six times. Trailing 17-16, the red, white and blue used a 3-0 spurt to take the lead for good. A dump by setter Robyn AhMow (Honolulu) provided the final U.S. point and sent the match to a fifth and deciding game.

In the fifth game, Team USA dominated from the start, giving up only three points in the game. Eight of their 15 points in game five came off blocks, including three of the last four. "Down 0-2, we were pretty determined not to let this match slip away," Stone said. "In the fifth game it was more a case of us making a lot of good plays rather than the Czech Republic giving us points. We weren't hurting ourselves, which is something we had done earlier in the tournament."

Team USA's final match of the WUG is tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. against Canada at Galatzo. The teams will be playing for ninth place.

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Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Sep 05 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Friday, Sep 11 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 10:00 AM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 7:30 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Wednesday, Sep 23 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 27 - 12:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
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