PUNE, India (Aug. 2, 2009) - Belgium barged into the second round of the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship with a commanding 25-17, 25-22, 25-22 victory over China in Pool B at Pune, India.
With Iran and Belgium winning two matches in this pool, both made almost sure of ther place in the next stage. China, which won one match and lost two, and Egypt, which lost both its matches, are out of contention.
Kevin Klinkberg remained Belgium’s main attacker with 11 points from 24 spikes and Sam Deroo and Pieter Verhees played second fiddle to him with 10 and 7 points respectively. China, which gave away 25 error points against Belgium’s 13, was helped by spiker Quingyao with 11 points from 29 strikers.
It was a real decider for both Belgium and China, who lost to Iran, for the second berth in this pool. And Belgium was bubbling with enthusiasm from the beginning. China’s erratic spiking gave Belgium to surge ahead in the first set. It led 8-7 and again 16-13, giving an indication that the team meant business.
It was clear that China’s main spikers Dai Quingyao, Ji DaoShual and Geng Xin were not consitent. They lost the nerve the moment they say the high block of Belgium.
However, in the second set China made a good start. With its own supporters cheering them China went ahead to 6-2. This was the only best patch in China’s game in the whole match. In fact, China led 8-6, but by the time next technical time out came China was down 15-16. China was not able to hang on to the lead. Belgium rallied brilliantly with Klinkenberg coming up with some well angled shots.
There was not much of block from China too. Most of the time the Chinese players were out of position and with the best setter in the competition Valkiers, Belgium took control and bagged the second set too.
By now it was clear that Belgium was on its way to victory. Belgium took a two point lead in the third and maintained it at 8-6 and again at 16-14. China served better in this set, but Belgium’s dig was superb and the team, which finished sixth in the World youth championship in 2007, romped home without much resistance from China.