PUNE, India (Aug. 5, 2009) - France put behind its first-round disappointment and notched its second successive victory in the second phase with a 25-20, 25-18, 25-23 triumph over Belarus in Pool G of the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship at Pune, India. Belarus suffered its second straight defeat.
Guillaume Quesque, France’s ace spiker, led the attack with 13 points from 19 strikes. Youssef Krou and Franck Lafitte got 12 and 6 points resepectively. Pavel Audochanka did well for Belarus with 12 points from 23 spikes. In fact, Belarus scored 15 points in block than France’s seven. Busel and Udrys were main point getters for Belarus through block. Belarus also committed 20 errors against France’s 12.
It was a start to finish domination by France. Only in the third set did France had some problems with its attack as Belarus put up some strong block and served well. Otherwise France was in complete control of the match.
Tactically, France was much as it played fast game to get away from the strong block of Belarus. That worked well in the first two sets. After 8-7 lead in the first set France broke away to 16-13 and despite some strong block from Belarus France notched up the first set on Belarus’ Prushak putting his serve out.
France combined better in the second set and Quesque spiking brilliantly the European champion led 8-5 at the first break and then 16-10 at the second. Belarus’ block was highly erratic in this set as it began well, but failed later when it mattered. However, Belarus found its touch in the third set with a 7-4 lead as its serve and attack worked well. France’s reception was also patchy. Belarus still managed to hang to the lead at 16-13. Then it fumbled badly and France equaled at 20 and then surged ahead. Again Belarus fumbled with its serve too to lose the third set after a good start.