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Best Players - USA’s Patch sets personal scoring mark in win against Iran

 
Benjamin Patch of the United States led USA to its third victory in the FIVB Volleyball World League, as he scored 24 points against Iran
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 16, 2017 – USA opposite spiker Benjamin Patch continues to thrive in the FIVB Volleyball World League after setting his personal best in the competition with 24 points on Thursday, in their straight-set win over Iran at Hala Sportowa Spodek in Katowice.



The rookie continues his successful campaign as he turned out again to be the USA’s top scoring performer. His 24 markers against Iran came from 21 spikes and three solid blocks, putting him on top of the best scorer category ahead of Stephen Boyer of France and Dawid Konarski of Poland.

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He led USA in the scoring department in five out of seven matches in the World League, including their Thursday night win over Iran and their second week triumphs over Russia on June 10 and Italy on June 11. He now has collected a total of 112 points.

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Patch’s scoring exploits did not only put him on top of the scoring charts in Group 1, but also kept USA’s hopes alive in reaching the Final Six, which will take place in Curitiba from July 4 to 8.



Patch has been in the USA Volleyball programme since 2011, starting with the youth national team. The following year, he won the Most Valuable Player plum in the NORCECA Men’s U21 Continental Championship as he spearheaded his team to win the title. He also played in USA’s Pan American Games and Pan American Cup teams.


Meanwhile, France’s Boyer and Poland’s Konarski are trailing Patch’s scoring mark in Group 1. Boyer scored 106 points in six matches, while Konarski recorded 105 points in seven matches. Russia’s Maxim Zhigalov and USA’s Taylor Sander round up the top scorers in the group with 102 and 101 point-outputs, respectively.

USA are one of the two countries with two players in the top 10 scorers in Group 1 – Patch and Sander. The other pair is from Iran – Amir Ghafour and Milad Ebadipour.

As the top scorer in Group 1, Patch also shines in the spiking department. The American is the third best spiker in the group with a flat 55 per cent success rate. However, Julien Lyneel of France is still the best spiker with a 58.89 success rate. Evandro Guerra of Brazil is second with a 57.27 attack percentage.

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Dmitry Volkov’s five aces in their straight-set win against Poland made him the best server in Group 1. Volkov has accumulated 15 aces in seven matches and averaged 0.56 aces per set. France’s Boyer and Brazil’s Ricardo Lucarelli are the second and third best servers, respectively.

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The Europeans players are dominating the net in Group 1, with Nikolay Nikolov of Bulgaria topping the best blocker list with 19 stuff blocks. Ilia Vlasov also had 19 blocks, but Nikolov edged his average of 0.70 blocks per set with a higher average of 0.86. Srecko Lisinac of Serbia is third with 0.67 blocks per set.

Iranian playmaker Mir Saeid Marouflakrani has overtaken Bruno Rezende of Brazil as the group’s best setter. Marouf’s brilliant playmaking skills gave him an average of 5.39 per set. Canada’s Tyler Sanders is the third best setter.

Canadian libero Blair Cameron Bann is still the best digger, Brazilian Thales Hoss outshined his team-mate Mauricio Silva as the best receiver in Group 1.

In Group 2, Wouter Ter Maat of the Netherlands reigned as Group 2’s best scorer. The Dutchman tallied 101 points, including 88 spikes, seven blocks and six aces. Ter Maat’s great scoring performance put his team in second place overall after two weeks with a 4-2 win-loss record. China’s Chuan Jiang is the second best scorer with a total of 100 points, but his scoring efforts could not help lift China as they are 10th in Group 2 with a 2-4 win-loss card.

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Japan improved their record in Group 2, following their brilliant stint in their turf in Takasaki. Masahiro Yanagida’s efforts from the attack line have certainly something to do with this rise by the Japanese team. The Japanese outside hitter is now the group’s best spiker with a very high 60.58 success rate. Australia’s Nathan Roberts is also an efficient hitter with 59.83, which puts him on the second spot.

Yanagida is also Group 2’s best server scoring 12 aces in their six matches. Ahmed Abdelhay of Egypt is still the top servers in the group as he stays second to Yanagida.

In Group 3, Tunisia's Hamza Nagga owned the top spot in the Group 3 best scorer list. The Tunisian outside spiker recorded 84 points, 15 blocks and five aces; while Austria's Alexander Berger and Paul Buchegger registered 99 and 90 points, respectively.

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However, the three will not be able to improve on their scoring marks as they have exited the Group 3 competition. Therefore, Spain’s Andres Villena, Germany’s Simon Hirsch and Mexico’s Jorge Barajas will have an opportunity to improve on their scoring marks, as their teams made it to the Group 3 finals. The three players are ranked 4th to 6th in the scoring category.

Top Scorer by Day

32 - Chuan Jiang of China v Turkey on June 2
29 - Tsvetan Sokolov of Bulgaria v Argentina on June 3
28 - Metin Toy of Turkey v Netherlands on June 4
17 - Urpo Sivula of Finland v Slovakia on June 8 (only two matches)
27 - Maxim Michshenko of Kazakhstan v Tunisia on June 9
25 - Hamza Nagga of Tunisia v Chinese Taipei on June 10
31 – Giulio Sabbi of Italy v Russia on June 11
24 – Benjamin Patch of USA v Iran on June 15 (only two matches)

Top Scoring Performances

32 - Chuan Jiang of China v Turkey on June 2
31 – Giulio Sabbi of Italy v Russia on June 11
29 - Tsvetan Sokolov of Bulgaria v Argentina on June 3
29 - Nathan Roberts of Australia v Portugal on June 2
28 - Metin Toy of Turkey v Netherlands on June 4
27 - Maxim Michshenko of Kazakhstan v Tunisia on June 9
27 - Evandro Guerra of Brazil v Iran on June 3

Top Individual Serving Performances

7 - Ahmed Abdelhay of Egypt v Czech Republic on June 9
6 - Pedro Rangel of Mexico v Greece on June 3
6 - Maxim Zhigalov of Russia v Argentina on June 2
5 – Dmitriy Volkov of Russia v Poland on June 15
5 - Masahiro Yanagida of Japan v Slovenia on June 10
5 - Rafail Koumentakis of Greece v Spain on June 4
4 – Cristian Poglajen of Argentina v Iran on June 11
4 – Wouter Ter Maat of Netherlands v Egypt on June 11
4 – Menelaos Kokkinakis of Greece v Estonia on June 11
4 – Egor Feoktistov of Russia v Italy on June 11
4 – Dmitriy Volkov of Russia v Italy on June 11
4 – Iacopo Botto of Italy v Russia on June 11
4 - Pedro Rangel of Mexico v Austria on June 10
4 - Aleksandr Minic of Montenegro v Kazakhstan on June 10
4 - Klemen Cebulj of Slovenia v Japan on June 10
4 - Sergey Antipkin of Russia v France on June 9
4 - Farhad Ghaemi of Iran v Belgium on June 9
4 - John Gordon Perrin of Canada v Brazil on June 9
4 - Lincoln Alexander Williams of Australia v Slovakia on June 9
4 - Nicolai Grabmueller of Austria v Kazakhstan on June 4
4 - John Gordon Perrin of Canada v USA on June 3
4 - Bartlomiej Lemanski of Poland v Italy on June 3
4 - Marko Ivovic of Serbia v USA on June 2

Top Team Serving Performances

12 – Italy v Russia on June 11
12 - Egypt v Czech Republic on June 9
12 - Turkey v Netherlands on June 4
11 - Serbia v USA on June 2
10 - Venezuela v Kazakhstan on June 3
9 - Canada v Serbia on June 4
9 - Serbia v Canada on June 4
9 - Belgium v USA on June 4
9 - USA v Canada on June 3

Top Individual Blocking Performances

9 - Peter Ondrovic of Slovakia v China on June 10
7 - Graham Vigrass of Canada v Bulgaria on June 10
7 - Nikolay Nikolov of Bulgaria v Canada on June 10
7- Simon Van De Voorde of Belgium v Argentina on June 10
7 - Samuel Walker of Australia v Slovakia on June 3
7 - Bozidar Cuk of Montenegro v Tunisia on June 2
6 - Hamza Nagga of Tunisia v Montenegro on June 11
6 – Ardo Kreek of Estonia v Greece on June 11
6 - Denis Biriukov of Russia v Bulgaria on June 4
6 - Emerson Gonzalez of Venezuela v Kazakhstan on June 3
6 - Filip Cveticanin of Portugal v Japan on June 3
6 - Ales Holubec of Czech Republic v Finland on June 3
6 - Alen Pajenk of Slovenia v Korea on June 3

Top Team Blocking Performances

21 – Qatar v Venezuela on June 11
21 - Slovakia v China on June 10
21 - Slovenia v Korea on June 3
21 - Montenegro v Tunisia on June 2
18 – Tunisia v Montenegro on June 11
18 - Russia v Bulgaria on June 4
18 - Australia v Slovakia on June 3
18 - Czech Republic v Finland on June 3
17 - Russia v France on June 3

Highest Scoring Sets

45-43 – Qatar v Venezuela on June 11
33-31 – Italy v Russia on June 11
30-28 – USA v Iran on June 15
30-28 - Kazakhstan v Tunisia on June 9
30-28 - Slovakia v Australia on June 3
30-28 - Canada v Bulgaria on June 10
29-27 – Spain v Austria on June 11
29-27 – Iran v Argentina on June 11
29-27 – Venezuela v Qatar on June 11
29-27 - Qatar v Greece on June 10
29-27 - China v Netherlands on June 3
28-26 – Turkey v Slovenia on June 11
28-26 - Germany v Spain on June 10
28-26 - Belgium v USA on June 4
27-25 – Poland v Canada on June 11
27-25 - Japan v Turkey on June 9
27-25 - Bulgaria v Russia on June 4
27-25 - Mexico v Qatar on June 4
27-25 - France v Argentina on June 4
27-25 - Netherlands v Egypt on June 2
27-25 - Tunisia v Montenegro on June 2
27-25 - Netherlands v Egypt on June 2
27-25 - Slovakia v Japan on June 2

Highest Scoring Matches

231 – Italy v Russia 2-3 (33-31, 23-25, 25-21, 23-25, 10-15) on June 11
223 – Qatar v Venezuela 3-1 (27-29, 25-16, 45-43, 25-13) on June 11
222 - Korea v Czech Republic 3-2 (25-17, 23-25, 24-26, 25-20, 15-12) on June 2
220 – Iran v Argetnina 3-2 (29-25, 25-20, 20-25, 23-25,15-11) on June 11
220 - Turkey v Netherlands 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 24-26, 17-15) on June 4
219 - Czech Republic v Egypt 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 16-14) on June 9
219 - Korea v Finland 3-2 (24-26, 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 15-13) on June 4
219 - Australia v Portugal 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 25-18, 22-25, 20-18) on June 2
217 - Belgium v Canada 2-3 (22-25, 25-19, 24-26, 25-23, 13-15) on June 2
215 - Turkey v China 3-2 (25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 24-26, 15-12) on June 2
214 - Bulgaria v Argentina 2-3 (23-25, 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 12-15) on June 3
212 - Belgium v Argentina 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 24-26, 15-6) on June 10


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