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Puerto Rico stops Egypt

Puerto Rican players with their flag after victory over Egypt

Egypt took the lead 8-7 in the first set with a big spike hammered by El Kotb. Taking advantage of Puerto Rican errors, the Egyptians increased the distance to 16-12 reaching the second pause riding on a spike by Abdel El Moez. Puerto Rico kept in the set thanks to the attacks of Lopez and Arcilla but at the end it was Egypt winning the set 25-21 with a cross-court shot from left side by Abdel El Moez.

The blocking efforts of Archilla and Morales led Puerto Rico to an 8-5 lead in the second set. The team of Puerto Rico was still ahead at the second technical time-out relying on the defense at the net. Behind 14-13, the Puerto Ricans arrived to the pause 16-14 riding a three-point streak by Morales, Ribas and a block by Archilla. Egypt came back to take the lead 18-17 with a spike by Hussein but Puerto Rico reacted to capture the lead again with one spike of Ribas 21-20 and won 25-22 with the same Ribas blocking.

Puerto Rico gained inspiration from the victory in the second set and began the third with renovated energy. The Puerto Ricans reached the two the technical pauses in front 8-6 and 16-8 against an Egyptian team that seemed to be playing with an empty tank. The final score of the one-sided frame was 25-14. Lopez and Archilla each scored four points in the winning effort while Morales and Ribas chipped in three apiece.

The Puerto Ricans led 8-7 in the fourth set with Archilla’s attacks and a final block produced by Burgos. Hassam charted two consecutive spikes to give Egypt the lead but Lopez equaled at 9-all with a cannon-shot cross court from left side. The battle extended throughout the set with Archilla breaking the 15-15 tie with a bomb. When action resumed was Archilla again producing for Puerto Rico but only to see Egypt tying at 17 with kills by Hussein and Hassan. Lopez and Hassan exchanged kills and the tied score continued. Spike by Lopez and opponent’s error gave Puerto Rico a two-point lead 21-19. Two spikes by Archilla sent Puerto Rico to the verge of the victory and it was the same Archilla who closed the win 25-22.




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