Pool A in Casablanca saw a great match were Cuba beat Bulgaria 3-2 (17-25, 25-14, 27-29, 25-17, 19-17). The Norceca Champions rising to their utmost motivation managed to win the towering Europeans with high spirit. The 26 points of scorer Raydel Delgado were decisive for the team of Juan Gala to stop the Bulgarian intentions of qualifying to the semis giving the chance to the Italian team.
Italy set the most exciting competition performance as they pulled off a great 3-1 victory (20-25, 25-19, 25-18, 27-25) over Japan and qualified to the semifinal by ratio points. The European team showed high spirit against the enthusiasm of the Japanese that fought until the end for their tickets to the next round. Italian Matteo Martino scored 20 points for the Azzurri while Rocco Barone and Gitto Carmelo were important elements in the block. Italy will play Brazil on Saturday.
In a surprising result in Pool B, Argentina dashed any hopes the USA may have had for a berth in the semi-finals. The South Americans beat their North American rivals, who seemed tired from their previous evening's five sets against Slovenia. Argentina won 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-20).
In other action in Pool B Slovenia challenged the mighty Brazilians, stealing the second set from them and conceding the third at 25-20. The Europeans that are playing for the very first time in a Junior World Championship, lost 12-25, 28-26, 20-25, 17-25 allowing Brazil to top the group and qualify for the next round. The South American Champions, silver medalists in the last Junior WCH 2005, will play Italy on Saturday in the semis.
Asia will still be represented in the semifinals after in Pool A, Asian champions Iran had it easy with hosts Morocco and won in three sets 25-15, 25-16, 25-14. Iran qualified into the top four for the first time ever and will play the defending World Champion Russia on Saturday waiting for a miracle.
Thrusday and Friday are rest days before the semi-finals resume on Saturday. In Saturday's matches, Brazil challenge Italy at at 16:00 h, while Russia go up against Iran at 18:30 h. Both matches will be held in Casablanca. The winners will play for the gold medal on Sunday evening and the loosers will go for the bronze two hours earlier. In the 5th-8th classification round to be played on Saturday in Rabat, Bulgaria face USA at 16:00 and Cuba against Argentina at 18:30 h. Finally the 9th-12th classification round will be played on Saturday's morning in Casablanca with Japan against Egypt at 09:00 h and hosts Morocco against Slovenia at 11:30h.