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Event Recap of FIVB Men's Junior World Championship

Brazil with the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship trophy
Pune, India, August 9, 2009 - In an epic championship battle, Brazil edged Cuba 30-28, 21-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-8 on Sunday to capture the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship gold medal at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, India.

Brazil has now won the last two FIVB Men's Junior World Championships and four overall (1993, 2001, 2007 and 2009). It has also won five silver medals (1981, 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2005) and three bronze (1977, 1989 and 1999). Brazil is the only country to have participated in all 15 editions of the event. Meanwhile, Cuba's silver-medal performance matches the country's best-ever showing in the event at the 1987 tournament. In the previous event held in 2007, Cuba finished eighth.

Five different Brazilians scored in double figures, topped by Mauricio Silva and Isac Santos with 19 points. Renan Buiatti and Franco Willian Cargnin Paese notched 15 points in the victory, while Ygor Francisco Tavares Duarte came off the bench to provide 10 points.

Rolando Cepeda Abreu paced Cuba with 25 points. Wilfredo Leon Venero, the youngest player in the tournament, added 20 points in the championship match for Cuba. Fernando Hernandez Ramos provided 14 points in the loss and Isbel Mesa Sandobal charted 10 points.

As close as the match score was, so were the team statistics. Cuba had a 15-12 block advantage, while Brazil held a slim 4-3 margin in aces. Brazil converted 69 of 133 spike attempts into points, while Cuba converted 66 of 136 attempts. Cuba committed 29 errors in the match compared to Brazil's 24.

Brazil reached the finals without dropping a match, but was pushed to five sets against host India in the semifinals. Cuba lost its opener in the first round to eventual bronze medalist Argentina, and only lost to Brazil in the final match of the second round when both teams had already secured semifinal berths.

Aside from Brazil winning the gold medal and Cuba the silver, Argentina reached the medal podium winning bronze. Tournament host India finished fourth.

Other placements were Russia in fifth, Belgium sixth, Iran seventh and USA eighth. Poland finished in ninth place, France finished 10th, China 11th, Canada 12th, Egypt 13th, Tunisia 14th, Belarus 15th and Greece 16th.

Brazil's Mauricio Silva was presented with the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship Most Valuable Player award after his team captured the gold medal in a five-set victory over Cuba at the Balewadi Sports Complex's Badminton Hall in Pune, India.

Other awards were presented to Russia's Levan Kalandadze as the Top Scorer, Iran's Farhad Ghaemi as the Best Spiker, Brazil's Renan Buiatti as the Best Blocker, India's Manidurai Naveen Raja Jacob as the Best Server and Best Receiver, Argentina's Franco Lopez as the Best Digger and Best Libero, and Cuba's Leandro Macias Infante as Best Setter.

Argentina made history Sunday afternoon as it defeated host India 25-19, 25-16, 25-22 to capture the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship bronze medal.

Argentina's victory marks its first trip to the medal stand in the FIVB Men's Junior World Championship. It previously had finished fourth in 1993 and fifth in the last edition held in 2007. Prior to 2009, India had never advanced into the top eight in the tournament's history and will settle for fourth place in this year's event.

Facundo Conte sparked Argentina with 13 points with 11 spikes on 20 attempts. Pablo Hruby and Pablo Crer each totaled 10 points in the victory, while Crer put up a team-high five blocks. India was led by Singh Gurinder's nine points, while Navjit Singh added eight points in the loss.

Argentina held a slim margin in blocks at 13-11 and both teams were tied with two aces. However, the difference came on attack and opponent errors. Argentina scored 36 points on 85 attacks to India's 30 spikes on 90 attempts. Further, Argentina benefited from 24 India errors while committing only 14 errors of its own.

Russia rallied to top Belgium 23-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-15 on Sunday to finish in fifth place.

Despite not playing in the second set or starting the third, Russia's Levan Kalandadze led his team with 19 points. Sergey Burtsev added 16 points in the victory, while Artem Volvich contributed 11 points. Kevin Klinkenberg paced Belgium with 17 points, while Sam Deroo added 12 points in the loss.

Russia's serve was aggressive netting a 12-4 advantage in aces to offset Belgium's 7-5 edge in blocks. Russia converted 56 of its 102 attack attempts for points, while Belgium managed to score on 35 of its 99 attempts.

Iran defeated United States 22-25, 25-17, 25-12, 25-18 on Sunday to finish in seventh place.

Iran's Arash Kamalvand led all scorers with 17 points, including seven aces. Alireza Jadidi added 12 points in the victory and teammate Farhad Ghaemi contributed 11 points. Murphy Troy provided USA with 16 points and Antonio Ciarelli added 13 points in the loss.

Iran held a 10-1 ace advantage, along with a 12-7 block margin. Iran converted 39 of 86 attacks into spikes, while USA converted just 49 of 112 attempts.

Poland grabbed the ninth spot with a comfortable straight set victory over France at 25-14, 25-23, 25-17.

Konarski Dawid and Mika scored 13 and 11 points for Poland which got 40 points in attack from 66 attempts against France's 27 from 73 attacks. Poland committed only 19 errors against France's 25. France spikers Quesque and Lyneel got only single figure points with eight and seven in attack. France failed completely today.

China played another five setter with Canada and this time too China topped Canada rallying brilliantly from the brink at 21-25, 18-25, 26-24, 25-22, 15-8 on Sunday in the 11th-place match.

China made 59 points out of 142 spikes and Canada scored 62 out of 146 attacks. In block they got 12 points each. But Canada conceded 33 error points against China's 27. Song Jianwei was the top scorer for China with 15 points from 28 spikes. Dai and Ji collected 14 and 11 respectively. Xu Xiantao got 4 points in block.

Egypt ended its 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship on a high note, beating its arch rival Tunisia at 25-16, 20-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13 to finish 13th.

Egypt's attack rate was much better as it scored 70 points from 142 spikes compared to Tunisia's 70 from 164 attempts. Egypt did better in block too. Mohamed Ahmed led the Egyptian attack with 18 points from 41 spikes and Khattab collected 16 from 25 attempts. El Boghdady scored 14 from23 attacks. For Tunisia Nagga collected 32 points from 58 spikes. Kadhi got 11 points from 20 spikes. Ben Rejeb did well in block with four points.

Belarus completed its engagement in the 2009 FIVB World Men's Junior World Championship, beating Greece easily at 25-23, 25-16, 25-22 in a playoff for 15-16 positions.

Belarus got a good strike rate as Greece was in no mood to challenge the rival strongly. Belarus got 47 points out of 85 attempts. Audochanka and Radziuk collected 16 and 10 points respectively through spikes and Udrys got three from blocks. Tzourits was the main spiker for Greec, collecting 18 points from 33 attempts.

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