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Greece Hangs for Five-Set Win over Tunisia

Greece celebrates during its match against Tunisia

PUNE, India (Aug. 5, 2009) - Having lost the five-setter against China yesterday, Greece did not take chance this time and fought gallantly to deliver a knock out punch on Tunisia at 15-25, 25-23, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13 in another marathon battle in Pool H of the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship at Pune, India.

Tunisia went down for the second consecutive time.

Greece offered 34 error points against Tunisia’s 27, but still Greece won because three of its spikers Sakoglou Charalampos, Roumeliotakis Iannis and Efraimidis Nikitas spiked superbly in the later part of the game and collected 16, 15 and 13 points respectively. Besbes Brahim, Saada Mohamed Ali were main attackers for Tunisia with 22 and 15 points to their credit.

Tunisia made a promising start. Its game was so smooth In the beginning it gave a wrong impression. With quick short ball attack and some strong block Tunisia raced to 16-14 and expanded the lead 20-15 and won the first set without conceding a point further. Greece’s spikers tended to be more erratic in this set.

However, the Greece coach Karavidopoulos made a dramatic change pulling out his towering player and captain Mitar Tzourits and introduced Sakoglou. That change made the team more cohesive and they combined nicely. Tunisia took a 8-4 lead in the second set, but Greece rallied to make 16-14 as its block worked better. Having consolidated its lead Greece would not relent and wrapped up the second set.

But in the third set Greece did not have much problem. Tunisia did fight by putting up block in the beginning. But Greece was ahead 8-6, but lost the grip at 14-16. But Greece regained its hold at 17-all and then surged with nice smashes through Sakoglou and Roumeliotakis.

The fourth set show Tunisia’s real courage. It trailed from the beginning , 7-8 and 14-16, but when it made it 17-17 with some good block through Mrabat and Kadhi to make two sets all.

In the decider, Tunisia, trailed 6-8, made it 10-all and then showed utter confusion in retrieving and finishing at the net. That led to Tunisia’s downfall.


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