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Brazil takes title in five-setter against China
SUPHAN BURI, Thailand - Superpower Brazil stormed past Asian champions China to take the title in an heart-pounding tie-breaker showdown at the World Women’s Under-20 Volleyball Championship on Sunday. Brazil came from behind to seal the match 3-2 (22-25 25-22 25-17 21-25 15-10) before a capacity crowd at the Silapa-archa Gymnasium. Brazil came from behind to seal the match 3-2 (22-25 25-22 25-17 21-25 15-10) before a capacity crowd at the Silapa-archa Gymnasium. more  Spanish German French Pic: Individual awardees join euphoric Brazil at award ceremony
Brazil moves closer to title on Day Seven
SUPHAN BURI, Thailand September 13 - Fired-up Brazil moved a step closer of winning their fourth world title after they stormed past Poland in a four-set thriller in Saturday’s semifinal to set up a showdown with China in the World Women’s Under-20 Volleyball Championship.
The Brazilians, who had mercilessly crushed the Poles in straight sets in the group round-robin preliminaries, got solid performances from their starting line-up with a particularly strong back court game.
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Pic Brazil poised to respond to Poland in the thrilling semifinal

Semifinal showdown set for Saturday
Suphan Buri, Thailand, September 12, 2003 - Three continental champions - Poland, China, Brazil and in-form the Netherlands cruised their ways into the semifinals of the Women's U20 World Volleyball Championship after blunting their respective rivals' sturdy challenges on Friday. More
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Rest Day
SUPHAN BURI, Thailand, September 11, 2003 - With the unfancied teams out of contention, the Women’s Under-20 World Volleyball Championship becomes more tense in Friday's quarterfinals as eight elite teams will pit their prowess against each other including the mighty clash between Russia and China. More
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Quarterfinalists confirmed
SUPHAN BURI, Thailand, September 10, 2003 - All European teams excluding Turkey cruised their way into the quarterfinals of the Women's Under-20 World Championship, with fist-pumping Ukraine pulling off a stunning 3-1 victory over South Korea in an action-packed elimination play-off. More
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Rest Day
SUPHAN BURI, Thailand, September 9, 2003 - With all 12 teams having a rest day on Tuesday two fascinating match-ups await on Wednesday with defending three-time world champions Brazil due to pit their expertise against Russia, while the hosts are expected to have their backs to the wall as they challenge European champions Poland in the elimination play-off in the Women’s U20 World Championship. More Spanish French

Bad day in the office for Asia
SUPHAN BURI, Thailand, September 8, 2003 – All four Asian teams went down to their respective rivals on the final day of the group round-robin preliminaries, as Cuba, Puerto Rico, Algeria and Chinese Taipei all bowed out from the World Women’s Under-20 Volleyball Championship in Suphan Buri, Thailand on Monday. On the day when luck was not with Asia, formidable Belarus produced a scintillating come-from-behind 15-25 25-20 24-26 25-20 15-9 victory over South Korea, while China suffered a straight-sets demolition at the hands of Germany by losing 16-25 22-25 27-29. More German Spanish French
Pic: Russian players try to block a spike from Puerto Rico's Jessica Candelario

South Korea topple Russia in thriller
Suphan Buri, Thailand, September 7, 2003 – Fired-up South Korea, demonstrating strong teamwork and well-structured and tactical offense, toppled tall and towering Russia in an heart-pounding hard-fought five-set match as defending three-time world champions Brazil marched on in the Women’s Under-20 World Championship on Sunday. In what could be the big match of the championship, both South Korea and Russia got solid performances from their established starters, but the former took the advantage initially thanks to a strong back-court game. As the Koreans fronted the fierce attack in the first set where they led from the beginning 3-1, hard-smashing Kim Min-Ji leaped to spike at the net, but accidentally fell down on the floor and had her right knee sprained. She was carried out of the court and later rushed to hospital. More Spanish German French Pic: Thailand's Kamolporn Sukmak and The Netherlands' Manon Flier battles for the ball at the net

Brazil and Russia win openers
Suphan Buri, Thailand, September 6 - Strong teams powered past less-ranked rivals on the opening day of the 2003 World Women’s Under-20 Volleyball Championship with favorites Brazil mercilessly crushing Cuba in straight sets and Russia struggling to beat spirited Belarus in a hard-fought, 101-minute thriller.
Playing the day’s final match, reigning world champion Brazil kept hopes of landing their fourth world crown intact after they took a stunning 3-0 victory (25-19 25-21 25-14) over Cuba.
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Story by Preechachan Wiriyanupappong FIVB Press Officer  Pic: Algeria try to block a drop from Thai girls

The coaches say

Suphan Buri, Thailand, September 5, 2003 – What the coaches say about their team's chances

Cuba run risk of missing Championship
September 4, 2003 - The FIVB Women's U20 World Volleyball Championship in Thailand is all set for a fantastic showdown with all the participating teams, except former two-time World Champions Cuba, arriving in town on Thursday, ready to strut their stuff in the nine-day spectacle. More

Thailand on track for U20 World Championships
August 15, 2003 – Suphan Buri Sports Association chairman Waravuth Silapa-archa confirmed on Friday that Suphan Buri is well-prepared for hosting the 2003 World Women’s Juniors Under-20 Volleyball Championship, its second attempt on staging the world-class tournament, which starts on September 6. More
Pic: Solid press interest in Thailand for coming U-20 Championship
Story by Preechachan Wiriyanupappong, AVC South East Asian Zonal Press Officer.

Draw confirmed for Championship
July 10, 2003 – The draw for the 2003 Women’s Under-20 World Championship, which runs from September 6-14, was confirmed on Thursday following the drawing ceremony which took place at the Songphanburi Thani Hotel in Suphan Buri. Asia champions China, Germany, Ukraine and Chinese Taipei are in Pool C, with Cuba, South American champions Brazil, European winners Poland and Turkey in Pool D. The group round-robin preliminaries will simultaneously take place at the 4,500-seater Silapa-Archa and the 2,500-seater Chaopha Gymnasium. The Netherlands will strut their stuff against Venezuela in the curtain-raiser on September 6, followed by matches between hosts Thailand and Algeria, Puerto Rico vs South Korea, Belarus vs Russia, Ukraine vs China, Germany vs Chinese Taipei, Poland vs Turkey and Brazil vs Cuba. More
Pic: Action at the drawing of lots