More 2005 Junior Women’s Under-20 World Championship
Brazil win title once again
Turkey, July 31, 2005 - The FIVB Junior Women’s U20
World Championship came to a close on Sunday night, here
in Ankara, when Brazil claimed the trophy from Serbia &
Montenegro, in an interesting four set match, that was a
worthy conclusion to the tournament. Brazil became the
title holder for the third successive time and also
collected their fifth title overall.
In the final in Ankara (Ataturk Hall), Brazil beat
Serbia & Montenegro 3-1 (22-25, 25-12,25-16,25-14), in a
repeat result from the fifth day of the Preliminary
round. In their thirteen participation so far, Brazil
have now won the trophy in 1987, 1989, 2001, 2003 and
2005 and finished second in 1991, 1995 and 1999.
Brazil received solid performances from their starters
and sent out a warning to the Volleyball world, that
they remain an indomitable school for tomorrow’s stars.
The Brazilian head coach, Antonio Rizola Neto said; ‘‘We
are the champions. I’m very happy for my third
consecutive personal title and fifth in total.’’ It was
also the second success for Brazil on Sunday after their
Youth Girls U18 team also won gold in Macau, China.
Serbia and Montenegro played with what was left of their
strength and heart to finish in second place in the
final standings for the first time of their history.
Serbia and Montenegro participated in 1977 and 1999,
finishing in ninth place. “It’s a success for Serbia &
Montenegro, who have been working very creatively in the
last years, and on the women’s game,” coach Zoran
Kovacic said. ‘‘I’m very happy. No one thought that we
could be the champions, but we played in the final.’’
China ran the marathon with Italy, finally taking a 3-2
(25-19, 16-25, 25-19, 19-25, 15-12) victory, in Ankara (Ataturk
Hall) to finish their World Championship, in third
place, while the European champions Italy finished in
fourth. The Asian team also beat the Europeans 3-2, in
the third day of Preliminary round, in Istanbul.
China, having participated in all tournaments so far
(thirteen), have taken a gold medal (1995), two silver
medals (1977 and 2003) as well as five bronze ones
(1985, 1987, 1997, 2001 and 2005). Italy took a silver
medal (1997) in their nine participations.
In their last game in Istanbul (Haldun Alagas Sport
Hall), in front of their warm fans, hosts Turkey lost to
Japan 3-1 in the classification match. They finish in
sixth place in the tournament, whereas the Asian team
was classified in fifth. This is the best place Turkey
has ever finished so far, as they were in 13th in 1999,
8th in 2001 and 9th in 2003.
Finally, Russia, after three consecutive defeats, beat
Puerto Rico 3-1 (25-16,25-21,22-25,25-19) in Istanbul,
to finish in seventh place.
Individual awards: Most Valuable player: VESOVITS
Jovanna (Serbia & Montenegro), Best Scorer : KIMURA
Saori (Japan), Best spiker: YIN Meng (China), Best
blocker: SILVA Adenizia (Brazil), Best server: FLORES
Barbara (Puerto Rico)
The winners of the Junior Women's Under-20 World
Championship since the tournament’s inception are: 1977:
Korea, 1981: Korea, 1985: Cuba, 1987: Brazil, 1989:
Brazil, 1991: Soviet Union, 1993: Cuba, 1995: China,
1997: Russia, 1999: Russia, 2001: Brazil, 2003: Brazil,