PUNE, India (Aug. 6, 2009) - China topped Group H with a straight set victory over Tunisia at 25-15, 25-18, 25-22 on Thursday in the last pool match of the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship in Pune, India.
China won all its three matches and Canada finished second with two wins and one loss. Greece was third with one win and two losses. Tunisia came last losing all its three matches.Poland and France from Pool G and China and Canada from Pool H qualified to fight for play-off matches for 9th to 12th positions. For china Song Jianwei led the attack with 12 points from 18 attempts and Ji and Dai scored 10 and 6 points each. China scored 37 points in 76 spikes overall and Tunisia got only 34 points from 83 attempts. But Tunisia offered 24 error points against China’s 11. Tunisia’s attack was led by Nagga Hamza, who got 14 points from 33 spikes.
China completed its pool engagements on a winning note. Having failed in the first phase China did not lose hear t and as its coach Huanning said the team had been learning from experiences here. In every mach improved in the second phase and came on top with an all win record.
In the first two sets China virtually outplayed Tunisia, which had nothing much to offer either in attack or in defence. With 8-5 and 16-12 lead in the first set China was pressing home the advantage as its spikers Dai, Song HJianwei and Geng attacked with full control and Tunisia did not have net defence to stop them. In the second set to China, though a bit shakyl led 8-7 and thensurged 16-13 lead before wrapping up the set comfortably at 25-18.
However, in the third set Tunisia fought back brilliantly with good block. Every attack of China was challenged and Tunisia led 8-5 and 16-8. But under pressure Tunisia played a shoddy game throwing away its serves and shots. It was a reckless performance. China covered eight point deficit to catch Tunisia at 21 and then it did not look back.