FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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The favourites advance to the quarterfinals at Women’s U20 World Champs


Italian celebrating their ticket to the quarterfinals

Brno, Czech Republic, June 26, 2013 – The favourites of the 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship made the first step towards a successful World Champs campaign. In Wednesday’s round of 16, the best teams from pool play advanced to the quarterfinals. Except from Peru (0-3 versus Japan), the first and second ranked teams from each pool proved too strong for their challengers.

 

Serbia opened the round of 16 with an undisputed straight-set win over Chinese Taipei. 2011 Girls’ U18 world champions Turkey followed suite with a quite easy 3-0 triumph against Mexico.

 

World No. 18 Russia enter the quarterfinals after a 3-0 win against Egypt, the same as titleholder Italy who came from behind to overpower Bulgaria 3-1 in Wednesday’s third match at Vodova sports hall.

 

World No. 1 China fended off a spirited challenge from host Czech Republic on Wednesday to continue their unbeaten run at the 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship. Brazil (3-0 versus Algeria) and the Dominican Republic (3-1 against Colombia) made their home works as well as they both claimed their fifth consecutive win here in Brno.

 

Japan is the only third ranked team from pool play that made it to the quarterfinals. The Asians overcame Peru in straight sets. The key moment of the match came at the end of the second set when Japan bounced back valiantly to outfox Peru in extremis.

 

 

Round of 16

 

Serbia v Chinese Taipei 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-20)

Serbia eased past Chinese Taipei 25-15, 25-18, 25-20 in Wednesday’s first round of 16 match at Kajot Arena. The Asians did their best to push Serbia to their limits but could not cope with the athletic skills and precision the Serbian athletes displayed.

Tijana Boskovic led the way for Serbia with 16 points – the 191 centimetres Boskovic was a dominant force, scoring 13 points on attack alone, while Mina Popovic added 14 points. Captain Wei-Hua Wu finished with nine points for Chinese Taipei.

Serbia coach Ratko Pavlicevic: I am pleased that we have maintained a constant performance until the end of the match. We have played against all the Asian teams. It was tough, we had to adapt to their game.

 

Turkey v Mexico 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-23)

The opening match of the sixth competition day at Vodova hall saw Turkey defeating Mexico in straight sets (25-14, 25-20, 25-23) to advance to the quarterfinals.
The first set was an easy walk for Turkey (25-14) with Mexico scoring only four direct points. In the second one, Mexico entered with more motivation to take a 10-6 advantage but Turkey draw level at 13-all and then rushed for the 2-0.

Even though the Central Americans did their best to push Turkey to their limits in the third set (23-23), Turkey did not allow more: a quick attack from Kubra Akman and a block by Ceyda Aktas sent Mexico to the classification matches 9-16.
Our target is to become champion or at least finish on the podium, said Turkey captain Damla Cakiroglu.

 

Japan v Peru 3-0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-19)

Japan overcame Peru 25-20, 27-25, 25-19 in Wednesday’s second round of 16’s match at Brno’s Kajot Arena, advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Champs. The key moment of the match came at the end of the second set when Japan came from behind to outfox the team of Peru coach Natalia Malaga in extremis.

Japan captain Momoka Oda led her team with 16 points in the match while Angela Leyva was Peru’s highest scorer with 15 points. Japan will challenge Turkey in Friday’s quarterfinal. Peru continue their 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Champs campaign in the classification round for rank 9-16.
Japan captain Momoka Oda: We felt our legs and shoulders today but managed to focus on our tasks.

 

Russia v Egypt 3-0 (25-14, 26-24, 25-13)
World No. 18 Russia enter the quarterfinals after a 3-0 win against Egypt (12). The advantage of six positions in the world ranking did not help Egypt Wednesday in Vodova Arena as the U20 squad from former national team star Svetlana Safronova beat Egypt in straight sets (25-14, 26-24, 25-13). Despite their victory, Russia did not convince.

It was not a difficult match and we relaxed too much during the game. Maybe this is one of the reasons for our blackout in the second set.

 

China v Czech Republic 3-0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-17)

World No. 1 China fended off a spirited challenge from host Czech Republic on Wednesday to continue their unbeaten run at the 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship in Brno. With a 25-22, 25-13, 25-17 victory, the Asians qualify for Friday’s quarterfinal versus Russia.

China’s top scorer was once again outside hitter Ting Zhu with 13 spike winners and 2 block kills while Michaela Mlejnkova was the most efficient player for the Czechs with 11 points.
China coach Jiande Xu: In the first and third set, the hosts put a lot of pressure on our players.  We did not play at our best level. However, we beat them in three, still with a perfect record.

 

Italy v Bulgaria 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-16)

Italy booked their ticket for the quarterfinal with a 3-1 win (23-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-16) over Bulgaria.

Bulgaria took immediately the lead of the match by winning the first set 25-23. Best player at that time was Gergana Dimitrova (4/7 in attack, 1 block and 1 ace). As from the second set, Italy started on a faster rhythm, with Miriam Fatime Sylla as leading actor. The titleholder improved their level in all aspects of the game and never looked back. 18 block winners and some clever back row attacks were two of the reasons for Italy’s 3-1 triumph on Wednesday afternoon.
Italy coach Davide Mazzanti: In the beginning, it was a problem of emotional tension in my team. It was our first very tough match, so we had to learn how to manage the pressure. Later on we played much better.

 

Dominican Republic v Colombia 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17)

The Dominican Republic booked their fifth consecutive win at 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Champs by defeating Colombia 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17) in Wednesday’s last round of 16 match. One set down, the Caribbean came from behind to get their ticket for Friday’s quarterfinals. The Dominicans will take on Italy in the round of the best eight teams.
Dominican Republic coach Roberto Rocha Wagner said: Tonight our hearts made the difference. We absolutely wanted this win and eventually succeeded. I have no words to describe my feelings.

  

Brazil v Algeria 3-0 (25-10, 25-11, 25-13)

Brazil easily got rid of Algeria (3-0: 25-10, 25-11, 25-13) to qualify for quarterfinal. This was the last match played in Vodova for the round of 16 on Wednesday. Brazil coach Luizomar De Moura decided to test the strength of his athletes usually on the bench: obviously, apart from the libero Dani Guimaraes Terra, the only player who could act as a libero.
Brazil coach Luizomar De Moura explained: Today we didn’t play with our traditional line-up because we played hard games during the last days. Our preliminary group was the most difficult of the whole championship. So we let today some players to rest.

 

Results

No

Phase

Date

Local
Time

GMT
Time

Teams

Live Score
Result

City

Description

Press
Conf.

Stats

Photos

46

E

26/06

12:30

10:30

SRB-TPE

3-0

Brno

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42

E

26/06

12:45

10:45

TUR-MEX

3-0

Brno

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43

E

26/06

15:00

13:00

PER-JPN

0-3

Brno

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44

E

26/06

15:00

13:00

RUS-EGY

3-0

Brno

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45

E

26/06

17:15

15:15

ITA-BUL

3-1

Brno

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41

E

26/06

17:30

15:30

CHN-CZE

3-0

Brno

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47

E

26/06

19:30

17:30

BRA-ALG

3-0

Brno

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48

E

26/06

20:00

18:00

DOM-COL

3-1

Brno

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Quarterfinals

No

Teams

Date

Time

City

Hall

51

CHN-RUS

28-Jun

17:15

Brno

SH Vodova

53

TUR-JPN

28-Jun

12:30

Brno

Kajot Arena

56

SRB-BRA

28-Jun

15:00

Brno

Kajot Arena

58

ITA-DOM

28-Jun

20:00

Brno

Kajot Arena

 

Classification 9-16

No

Teams

Date

Time

City

Hall

52

CZE-EGY

28-Jun

17:30

Brno

Kajot Arena

54

MEX-PER

28-Jun

15:00

Brno

SH Vodova

55

TPE-ALG

28-Jun

12:45

Brno

SH Vodova

57

BUL-COL

28-Jun

19:30

Brno

SH Vodova

 

Classification 17-20

No

Teams

Date

Time

City

Hall

49

PUR-NGR

28-Jun

10:00

Brno

Kajot Arena

50

THA-USA

28-Jun

10:30

Brno

SH Vodova

59

PUR-THA

29-Jun

10:00

Brno

Kajot Arena

60

NGR-USA

29-Jun

10:30

Brno

SH Vodova

69

USA-PUR

30-Jun

9:00

Brno

SH Vodova

70

THA-NGR

30-Jun

10:00

Brno

Kajot Arena

 

2013 Women’s Under 20 World Championship Performances

Top Scoring Performances
30 – Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez of Dominican Republic v Peru (June 23)
26 – Samantha Bricio of Mexico v Bulgaria (June 22)
25 – Angela Leyva of Peru v Chinese Taipei (June 21)
25 – Mercy Promise of Nigeria v Algeria (June 23)
24 – Ting Zhu of China v Japan (June 23)
24 – Tijana Boskovic of Serbia v Japan (June 24)
24 – Arisa Inoue of Japan v Serbia (June 24)
23 – Kubra Akman of Turkey v Italy (June 22)

Top Blocking Performances
9 - Valquiria Dullius of Brazil v Russia (June 24)
9 – Mina Popovic of Serbia v japan (June 24)
8 – Laura Melandri of Italy v Algeria (June 24) and Italy v Bulgaria (June 26)
7 – Lucie Herbockova of Czech Republic v Puerto Rico (June 21)
7 – Kubra Akman of Turkey v Italy (June 22)
7 – Mira Todorova of Bulgaria v Russia (June 23)

Top Blocking Performances by Team
22 – Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico (June 25)
22 - Dominican Republic v Chinese Taipei (June 24)
22 – Dominican Republic v Peru (June 23)
18 – Serbia v Thailand (June 25)
18 – Italy v Bulgaria (June 26)
18 – Dominican Republic v Colombia (June 26)

Top Serving Performances
6 – Veronika Trnkova of Czech Republic v Chinese Taipei (June 25)
5 – Michaela Mlejnkova of Czech Republic v Puerto Rico (June 21)
5 – Elena Perinelli of Italy v Turkey (June 22) and Italy v Nigeria (June 25)
5 – Arisa Inoue of Japan v Serbia (June 24)

Top Serving Performances by Team
16 - Czech Republic v Chinese Taipei (June 25)
14 – Egypt v Nigeria (June 22)
13 - Italy v Turkey (June 22)
12 – Puerto Rico v Dominican Republic (June 25)
12 – Turkey v Algeria (June 25)

Highest Scorers by day
21 –Gaila Lopez Gonzalez of Dominican Republic v Colombia (June 26)
21 - Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez of Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico (June 25)
24 - Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez of Dominican Republic v Chinese Taipei (June 24)
30 – Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez of Dominican Republic v Peru (June e 23)
26 – Samantha Bricio of Mexico v Bulgaria (June 22)
25 - Angela Leyva of Peru v Chinese Taipei (June 21)

Highest Set Score
Round of 16: Japan v Peru 27-25
Pool A: Dominican Republic v Peru 30-28
Pool C: USA v Mexico 29-27
Pool D: Italy v Turkey 26-24; Algeria v Nigeria 24-26

Highest Scoring Matches
Pool A: Peru v Chinese Taipei 2-3 (25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 24-26, 16-18) – 223 points
Pool B: Serbia v Japan 3-2 (25-21, 25-21, 16-25, 21-25, 15-10) – 204 points
Pool C: Italy v Turkey 2-3 (25-21, 23-25, 21-25, 26-24, 9-15) – 214 points

 

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