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2009 FIVB Women's Grand Champions Cup
Tokyo - Fukuoka, Japan
10 - 15 November 2009

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2010 Boys Youth African Nations Championship - Day 2 Tunisia claims second victory

Fans watching South Africa take on Tunisia match on Day 2

Cape Town, South Africa, September 14, 2010 - Defending champions Tunisia claimed their second victory on day two of the 2010 Boys Youth African Nations Championship at the Western Cape Sports School in Cape Town, South Africa on Tuesday after beating South Africa 3-0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-17). Big favourites Egypt started their campaign in the five nation round robin tournament with a victory 3-1 (19-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-20) over Morocco.

The winner of the 2010 Boys Youth African Nations Championship will represent Africa at the 2011 World Youth Championship.
Egypt v Morocco
Morocco’s hard fought win against South Africa in Monday’s opening fixture of the championship put the former in pole position to upset the Egyptians. Continuing with their winning ways the Moroccans notched up a well-deserved 25-19 first set win.
Moroccan playmaker Amine Zayani’s ability to switch his sets at the very last moment to beat the Egyptian blockers gave his team a commanding 5-1 lead in the second set.

Urged on by setter Ahmed Elganaini the Egyptian attack slowly clawed their way back into the game. While Morocco’s quick hitter, Soufiane Faraji kept his team focused on the job at hand by being a constant thorn in the side of the Egyptians, it was Marawan Mohamed, Sherif Nassef and the lanky Mohamed Masoud who went on to restore Egyptian pride when they took the lead for the first time at 14-13.

There was no turning back for the Pharaohs as they marched on toe to toe with the high riding Moroccan outfit. With only a hair’s breadth separating the two teams on the score board, the Egyptians snatched victory with a heart stopping 27-25 win to level the scores at 1:1

While the third set was closely contested up to the half way stage, it was the Egyptians who were the first to get out of the starting blocks with a 14-9 lead through clinical finishing from Sherif Nassef and Islam Abdelkader whose time on the bench seemed to have put fire into his attack. The duo helped Egypt close proceedings with a 25-20 score line.

In the “do or die” fourth set the Moroccans threw everything into their attack, hoping that their opponents will wilt under pressure. Digging their heels in deep the Egyptians absorbed what ever came their way and fought back. However, it came as no surprise when the Egyptian lads once again took the lead and duly converted it into a 25-20 score line to register their first win of the competition.

Wednesday evening the see the Egyptians square up to Tunisia, the tournament favourites. A win for Tunisia will guarantee them the number one spot as they face the less fancied Algerians in their final match. Should the Egyptians win the encounter, it will go along way to clinching gold.

South Africa v Tunisia
Defending champions Tunisia proved to be too strong for the South Africans as they wrapped up their day two encounter in front of the home side’s vociferous supporters.
Undeterred by the constant cheering, singing and the blowing of the vuvuzela by the partisan crowd, the experienced North African outfit stuck to their game plan and took the SA blockers head on and kept the score board ticking.

Strong in defence at the net and fearless in attack the visitors were quick to grab a 18-11 lead. The mixing of power with the occasional deft touches into open spaces further separated the teams on points. While SA’s prolific attacking duo, Miles Thompson and Dean Layters kept their team in the hunt for a first set victory, their well laid plans were often thwarted by the lanky Tunisian blockers who went on to close the set with a 25-17 margin.

Refusing to roll over against the defending champions’ rampant attacking machine, Layters and the lads took the match by the ‘scruff of the neck’ determined to upset the visitors. Their plans back fired when lapses in concentration especially in the back court allowed the Tunisians back into the fray.

Whenever Tunisian playmaker Khaled Ben Slimene turned to quick attacker Adam Oueslati, the latter did not disappoint as he fired at will from the utility position. SA’s weakness in blocking the fast attacker was exposed to such an extent that the Tunisians ran riot by closing the set 15 points ahead.

A better organized SA team took on the Tunisians in the third set with Layters and Thompson their key players in attack. Although South Africa were not strong enough to take the lead, their much improved performance gave their fans something to cheer about.

When the scores reached 16-11 at the second technical time out in favour of the Tunisians it signalled the end for the South Africa fight back. Tunisia’s strongly co-ordinated blocking coupled with a rapid attack and service that troubled the South Africa receivers tipped the scales in their favour. The defending champions marched on to post a 25-17 score line to head the group.

Day 2 Results
Egypt beat Morocco 3-1 (19-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-20)
Tunisia beat South Africa 3-0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-17)

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