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Physically higher USA top Egypt 3-1


USA's Thomas Jaeschke receives a Egyptian service in their play off match in Izmir

 Izmir, Turkey, August 30, 2013 – Opposite spiker Benjamin Patch and the highly performing blockers made the difference as USA took over Egypt 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20) in the first of the play off matches for 9 to 16 positions at FIVB Men's U21 World Championship at Ataturk Hall in Izmir, Turkey on Friday.

 Patch did a great role not only in spiking from position 2 but also with his potent spike service. He was the match scorer with 23 points followed by outside hitter Aaron Russell 17. From the Egyptian side outside hitter Islam Abdelkader led the scorers with 12 points. 

 Out of a lot of USA's dominance factors was the blocking, making 13-7 against their opponent beside 6-5 dominance in ace service.

 It was the first set won by the Egyptian making the dramatic change in the match directions as USA started to control the situation aided by the deterioration of the physical state for the Egyptian players.

 Using the middle blockers in the quick attacks, Egypt advanced comfortably in the first set specially with the proper attacks from the centers Hisham Ewais and Mohamed Masoud beside the good reception and backline defence. Egypt succeeded to win the set 25-22 after a group of attacks from all the net positions.

 USA controlled the match starting form the second set with the Egyptian players physical deterioration and also they deployed their solid block against the Egyptian attacks specially to stop the quick attacks from the centers. USA won the second set 25-21 before the Egyptian showed some resistance in the third set where they draw 23-23 before losing narrowly 25-23.

 The motivations were higher in the US team in the fourth set, so they again had wide lead till they won the match 3-1  

 

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