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Rwanda earn first ever World Champs win against Venezuela


Rwanda players celebrating their first ever victory at Men's U21 World Championship over Venezuela in Izmir

 Izmir, Turkey, August 29, 2013 – Highly spirited Rwanda team secured their first tournament's victory over Venezuela in an exciting five- set match lasting 2 hours of thrills 3-2 (27-25, 23-25, 18-25, 25-21, 17-15) in classification 17 to 20th positions at the FIVB Men's U21 World Championship at Ataturk Hall in Izmir, Turkey on Thursday.

 Now Rwanda starts the round robin competition with 2 points to lead the pool along with Estonia, while Venezuela gained one point.

 With a wonderful performance a tournament's another record of scoring performance (36 points), Rwanda's captain Aimable Mutuyimana led his team to a historic victory which is the first ever for any Rwandan team at the world level.

 From the Venezuelan side Willner Rivas led the scorers with 25 points.

  The match was very competitive in the first and second sets as both teams were attacking through the wing spikers, so it was easy for both to control the attacks of the other.  With long rallies from both teams, Rwanda succeeded to win the first set 27-25 after great performance from their outside hitter Aimable Mutuyimana and the setter Bonny Mutabazi.

 Both teams again went point by point in the second set till Venezuela had a wider point deficit by the end of the set with more activity from their Willner Rivas and Roberth Abreu.

 Venezuela used the disturbed Rwandan reception and backline defence to come over and win the third set widely 25-18. Again Rwanda came back in the fourth set with their scoring machine making a lot of points spiking from the backline and they won the set 25-22 and went for tiebreak decider.

 Venezuela led in the tiebreak till they were 8-6 ahead, when Rwanda came back aggressively to win the set 17-15 and secure the first victory.

 

 

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