Brno, Czech Republic, June 21, 2013 – World No. 46 Bulgaria opened the 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship with an unexpected straight-set win over World No. 5 United States of America. In the second duel of Pool C, Russia experienced major problems to overcome a strong Mexican team 3-2.
In Pool A, host Czech Republic defeated Puerto Rico 3-1 while Chinese Taipei overpowered Peru in a thrilling five-setter 3-2.
Serbia started their 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship campaign with a 3-0 triumph against Colombia while Japan, opposed to Thailand, were the other winners in today’s first matches in Pool B.
In an All-African duel, Egypt proved too strong for Algeria (3-0), before 2011 girls’ world champions Turkey stormed to a undisputed straight-set win over Nigeria in today’s second duel of Pool D.
Chinese Taipei v Peru 3-2 (22-25, 22-25, 25-20, 26-24, 18-16)
The first match of the FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship in Kajot arena on Friday saw Chinese Taipei defeating Peru in a thrilling five set (22-25, 22-25, 25-20, 26-24, 18-16). Wing spiker Angela Levya was the nightmare of Chinese Taipei, having often found a perfect way to hit the Mikasa from the left side of the net getting 25 points.
The speed of their game helped Chinese Taipei to get the third and the fourth set: they even performed with an increasing grit in attack to enter the tiebreak.
The last game was mainly guided by Peru; however, Chinese Taipei showed all their passion staying just one or two steps behind them. The South Americans managed the small advantage almost until the end, when the 14-14 marked by Chinese Taipei opened the very last battle. The match point was marked by team captain Wei-Hua Wu (15 points for her), leaving Peru’s players with many regrets and Chinese Taipei with great smiles and 22 points for I-Mei Hsu.
Chinese Taipei captain Wu Wei-Hua: We are happy for this victory; we did not expect it at all.
The Czech Republic v Puerto Rico 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-14, 25-17)
Towered by the tallest player of the tournament, Alba Hernandez (207 centimetres), Puerto Rico tried to stop their first opponent at the Women’s U20 World Championship, but host Czech Republic did not allow them to stick their flag on Kajot central court: the host country won the match 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-14, 25-17), here on Friday.
Czech Republic was guided by the balanced setting of Marie Kurkova, who used her teammates at her best. The home spectators cheered the team to beat their obvious tenseness and from the third set onward Puerto Rico were no more able to block the opponents’ action. Coach Carlos Cruz asked all his girls to perform their debut in this match, trying but not finding a way out thanks to fresh power from the bench.
Czech Republic Michaela Mlejnkova headed the best scorers with 16 points, while the best spiker from Puerto Rico was Kanisha Jimenez, who marked 11 points.
Czech Republic coach Ondrej Marek: We thought we could win against Puerto Rico, but we started with too many mistakes, we had problems, it took us time to set up our way of playing.
Serbia v Colombia 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-20)
Pool B first match in Kajot Arena ended with the first win for Serbia: the team coached by Ratko Pavlicevic was not too worried by Colombia, despite coach Marasciulo’s team performance especially in defence (3-0: 25-16, 25-17, 25-20).
Colombian digs were not enough to stop what is, more or less, the same team that conquered the bronze medal two years ago at the Youth World championship and trained hard to raise the seventh position of Serbia Junior and Youth in the world ranking.
Colombia performed much better at the end of the third set, when they stopped Serbia to reduce the gap of points. Danna Escobar was the best scorer of her team (11), but a spike from Serbia Bianka Busa and then from diagonal spiker Tijana Boskovic (14) sent the teams to the locker rooms.
Serbia captain Bianka Busa: We did not play at our maximum but it was the first match and we had to face a good team with Colombia. Next match I think we will improve our play.
Japan v Thailand 3-1 (18-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-21)
Two playing style very similar, fast sets and antigravity digs: those were the ingredients of Japan – Thailand, the last match of the first day of the Women’s Under 20 World Championship at Kajot arena on Friday, won by Japan 3-1 (18-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-21).
World ranking #9 Japan played a tough game against #19 Thailand, to close the provisional day standings in Pool B behind Serbia. Captain Momoka Oda and Misaki Yamauchi both scored 14 points, while the star of Thailand was the team captain Kuttika Kaewpin, who blocked three times the opponent, collecting other 13 points at the net. Thailand’s errors at the end of the fourth set, like a fault set and the some defense off proper positions, weakened their action and let Japan closed the match without entering a dangerous tie break.
Japan coach Yasuhiro Fukuda: We were very nervous but we stayed focus on the match until the end, it was very important for us our good start.
Russia v Mexico 3-2 (24-26, 25-22, 24-26, 25-19, 15-9)
Russia came back from behind against Mexico to win their opening match at 2013 FIVB Women’s World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic. In a thrilling five-setter, the Russian powerhouse finally proved too strong for a hard fighting Mexican team (24-26, 25-22, 24-26, 25-19, 15-9).
Kseniia Ilchenko topped the scorers with 20 points for Russia while Lizbeth Sainz was the best scorer for Mexico with 18 points.
Despite of a hard-earned 2-1 set lead of their tough opponents from Mexico, the tall Russian athletes gained momentum in the fourth set (25-19) and never looked back.
Russia coach Svetlana Safronova: It was a terrible game today. I could not recognize my team. We made many mistakes. Finally, the decisive factor of the match was the substitution of some players.
Bulgaria v USA 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-17)
World No. 46 Bulgaria outclassed USA in today’s second Pool C duel at 2013 FIVB Women’s World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic. The young European athletes made short work of their opponents from the United States (25-12, 25-21, 25-17).
Gergana Dimitrova topped the scorers with 17 points for Bulgaria while Merete Lutz was the best scorer for the USA with 11 kills. USA committed 17 unforced errors, Bulgaria only 10.
Even though USA recovered well after their cold shower in the first set (12-25), Bulgaria controlled the game at the end of the second period and kept momentum in the third and last set. The US passers experienced a hard time with ten Bulgarian service winners.
Bulgaria captain Simona Dimitrova: Our team played with pleasure and emotions. We acted focused. It helps a lot to win the first match of a tournament.
Egypt v Algeria 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-20)
Egypt started their 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship campaign with an impressive straight-set win over Algeria (25-21, 25-16, 25-20). In the first All-African duel of Pool D, the Egyptians quickly left no doubt about the winner of the important opening match.
Best scorers of the match were Aya Elshamy for Egypt and Bayou Louiza for Algeria with 13 points each.
As from the start of the match, Egypt took control of the contest with better blocking and sharp serves. Algeria did their best to bounce back but the athletes of head coach Saidani Aimed Eddine committed too many unforced errors for a successful comeback.
Egypt captain Farida El Askalany: We played with Algeria four times in the last weeks so we knew how we could win. We studied the Algerian block and service. We knew which player to focus on.
Turkey v Nigeria 3-0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-8)
Girls’ world champions Turkey opened their 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship campaign with a straight-set win (25-15, 25-10, 25-8) over Nigeria. The reigning double European champs stormed to an undisputed victory in their first Pool D match in Brno, Czech Republic.
Best scorers for Turkey were Ceyda Aktas and Seyma Ercan with 15 points each.
World No. 4 Turkey jumped out for a 25-15 set win in tonight’s last match in Brno’s Vodova sports hall. Nigeria showed some nice combinations at the net, but could not hold the pace of their opponents. Especially the sharp Turkish serves got the young Africans into trouble. Turkey continued their run in the second and third set and never looked back.
Turkey coach Gökhan Edman: It is a great honour to be here, to play the world championship. It is a big tournament. Today’s game was no surprise for us. However, we are happy with the result and we will concentrate for tomorrow’s match against Italy. Nigeria was probably not the ideal rival for the beginning of the championship.
2013 Women’s Under 20 World Championship Performances
Top Scoring Performances
25 – Angela Leyva of Peru v Chinese Taipei (June 21)
22 – I-Mei Hsu of Chinese Taipei v Peru (June 21)
20 – Kseniia Ilchenko of Russia v Mexico (June 21)
18 – Lizbeth Sainz of Mexico v Russia (June 21)
Top Blocking Performances
7 – Lucie Herbockova of Czech Republic v Puerto Rico (June 21)
6 – Mira Todorova of Bulgaria v USA (June 21)
5 – Irina Fetisova of Russia v Mexico (June 21)
5 – Farida El Askalany of Egypt v Algeria (June 21)
5 – Misaki Yamauchi of Japan v Thailand (June 21)
Top Blocking Performances by Team
13 – Egypt v Algeria (June 21)
12 – Serbia v Colombia (June 21)
11 – Peru v Chinese Taipei (June 21)
11 – Japan v Thailand (June 21)
Top Serving Performances
5 – Michaela Mlejnkova of Czech Republic v Puerto Rico (June 21)
4 – I-Mei Hsu of Chinese Taipei v Peru (June 21)
3 – Nikolina Lukic of Serbia v Colombia (June 21)
Top Serving Performances by Team
11 – Czech Republic v Puerto Rico (June 21)
10 – Egypt v Algeria (June 21)
10 – Bulgaria v USA (June 21)
Highest Scorers by day
25 - Angela Leyva of Peru v Chinese Taipei (June 21)
Highest Set Score
Pool A: Peru v Chinese Taipei, 24-26
Pool C: Mexico v Russia, 26-24
Highest Scoring Matches
Pool A: Peru v Chinese Taipei 2-3 (25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 24-26, 16-18) – 223 points
2013 Women’s Under 20 World Championship Tournament page
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