FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Duel of Titans between Russia and China


Zhang Zhejia has been the most consistent offensive weapon of China during the Boys' U19 World Championship

Tijuana & Mexicali, Mexico, July 6, 2013 – In what it has been predicted as a duel of titans, Russia and China are set to clash for the gold medal of the 2013 FIVB Boys’U19 World Championship on Sunday at the Baja California High Performance Center in Tijuana.

Russia advanced to the title match with an outstanding victory in straight sets 25-23, 25-16, 25-14 over Iran, while China had to battle with Poland in four sets before winning 32-30, 25-18, 21-25, 25-22.

Both Russia and China are not new to the final stage of this event as they have been crowned previously in the age-group biennial competition, with Russia capturing the titles of 1999 in Saudi Arabia and 2005 in Algeria, and China winning in the 2003 edition that took place in Thailand.

“Our plan was to put strong serves and organize the block,” Russian coach Alexander Karikov commented.  “We concentrated on those two things and it worked perfectly for us.”

“We were really lucky to win the fourth set because our team had lost a lot of energy,” China coach Ju Genyin said about the close match with Poland.

Iran and Poland will meet for the third place on the podium. The Iranians were champions in 2007 and vice champions in 2009 while the Polish won the bronze in 1999.

In a classic South American duel, Argentina face Brazil for fifth place and Cuba go against France for the seventh position

Argentina held off Cuba in five sets 27-25, 25-19, 14-25, 22-25, 15-11 and Brazil overcame France in four sets 17-25, 25-12, 25-22, 25-21.

The schedule in Mexicali features four matches for positions as Belgium meet Korea for ninth place and Egypt take on Finland for the eleventh spot.

Belgium won in consecutive sets 25-22, 25-23, 25-17 over Egypt and Korea edged past Finland 18-25, 25-20, 25-20, 26-24.

Hosts Mexico play Chile for the 13th position while the United States go against Turkey for the 15th place.

Mexico out-dueled United States in five sets 25-20, 26-28, 20-25, 25-21, 15-13 and Chile downed Turkey 32-30, 25-22, 14-25, 25-14.

Japan, Tunisia, Algeria and Rwanda completed the round robin for the positions 17-20 finishing in that same order.

In early Saturday, Japan blanked Algeria 25-19, 25-23, 25-18 and Tunisia defeated Rwanda 25-15, 27-25, 23-25, 25-13.

2013 Boys’ Under 19 World Championship Performances

Top Scoring Performances
33- Samuel Niyogisubizo of Rwanda v Finland (June 29)
31- Rodrigo Leal of Brazil v Finlandia (July 3)
28- Yuki Ishikawa of Japan v Turkey (June 28)
27- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Cuba (July 1)
26- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Turkey (June 29)
26- Douglas Souza of Brazil v Chile (July 3)
26- Wassin Ben Tara of Tunisia v Rwanda (July 6)
25- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Japan (June 27)
24- Luis Jimeno of Cuba v Chile (July 1)
24- Nicolas Lazo of Argentina v Cuba (July 6)
24- Enrique Ugalde of Mexico v United States (July 6)

Top Blocking Performances
8- Emre Savas of Turkey v Japan (June 28)
8- Henry Mederic of France v Finland (June 28)
8- Douglas Bastos of Brazil v Egypt (June 29)
8- Li Yuanbo of China v Poland (July 6)
7- Zhang Zhejia of China v Poland (June 29)
7- Henry Mederic of France v Korea (July 3)
7- Elias Ndagano of Rwanda v Tunisia (July 6)
7- Ricardo Calvo of Cuba v Argentina (July 6)

Top Blocking Performances by Team
23- Turkey v Japan (June 28)
19- Russia v Iran (June 28)
18- China v Poland (July 6)
17- Mexico v Belgium (June 29)
16- France v Finland (June 28)
16- China v Poland (June 29)
16- Cuba v Chile (July 1)
16- Finland v Chile (July 5)
16- Brazil v France (July 6)’
16- Turkey v Chile (July 6)

Top Serving Performances
8 – Pavel Pankov of Russia v Iran (July 6)
6 – Pavel Pankov of Russia v Cuba (July 5)
5 – Nicolas Szerszen of France v Rwanda (June 27)
5 – Ahmed Belmabrouk of Tunisia v Algeria (July 5)
4 – Akbar Valaei of Iran v Finland (June 27)
4 – Samuli Kaislasalo of Finland v Iran (June 27)
4 – Lowie Stuer of Belgium v Tunisia (June 28)
4 – Nicolas Lazo of Argentina v Turkey (July 1)
4 – Nicolas Lazo of Argentina v Mexico (July 3)
4 – Bartosz Bucko of Poland v Turkey (July 3)
4 – Wasim Ben Tara of Tunisia v Rwanda (July 6)
4 – Enrique Ugalde of Mexico v United States (July 6)

Top Serving Performances by Team
12 – Poland v Turkey (July 3)
12 – Russia v Iran (July 6)
11 – Belgium v Tunisia (June 28)
09 – France v Rwanda (June 27)
09 – Japan v Rwanda (July 5)
09 – Russia v Cuba (July 5)
08 – Iran v Finland (June 27)
08 – Brazil v United States (June 28)

Highest Scorers by day
25- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Japan (June 27)
28- Yuki Ishikawa of Japan v Turkey (June 28)
33- Samuel Niyogisubizo of Rwanda v Finland (June 29)
22- Brian Melgarejo of Argentina v Chile (June 30)
27- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Cuba (July 1)
31- Rodrigo Leal of Brazil v Finlandia (July 3)
22- Miro Maattanen of Finland v Chile (July 5)
22- Mohamed Shehabeldeen of Egypt v Mexico (July 5)
26- Wassin Ben Tara of Tunisia v Rwanda (July 6)

Highest Set Score
34-32 China v Brazil (1st Set, July 5)
32-30 Chile v Turkey (1st Set, July 6)
32-30 China v Poland (1st Set, July 6)
31-29 Finland v Brazil (3rd Set, July 3)
30-28 Mexico v Tunisia (1st Set, June 30)
29-27 Turkey v Cuba (2nd Set, June 27)
29-27 Finland v Brazil (4th Set, July 3)
29-27 Iran v Argentina (3rd Set, July 5)
29-27 Egypt v Mexico (4th Set, July 5)

Highest Scoring Matches
228 – Japan d Turkey 3-2 (24-26, 24-26. 25-17, 26-24, 19-17) June 28
224 – Brazil d Finland 3-2 (25-20, 25-12, 29-31, 27-29, 15-11) July 3
218 – Mexico d United States 3-2 (25-20, 26-28, 20-25, 25-21, 15-13) July 6
212 – Finland d Rwanda 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 16-25, 19-17) June 29
210 – United States d Korea (22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-25, 17-15) July 1
209 – Poland d China 3-2 (25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 13-25, 18-16) June 29
208 – Argentina d Cuba 3-2 (27-25, 25-19, 14-25, 22-25, 15-11) July 6

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