Monday, 1 March 2021
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Tunisia makes big move toward second phase

Tunisian players greeted by supporters after the match against Egypt

Egypt led 8-4 in the first set but that was before Tunisian Brahim Besbes started his fireworks personal show. Besbes carried Tunisia to a 16-13 advantage at the second time-out, and a win 25-22 in the opening set. Besbes compiled 9 points as the main weapon of Tunisian team. The Egyptians had more balance but lesser fire as Moustafa Idris recorded 6 points and Mohammed Khater and Omar Hassan each charted 5 points.

Tunisia led 8-5 and 16-9 in the second set only to see Egypt climbing back the ladder and claim the advantage. Tunisia reacted and led 22-21 but the Egyptians tied at 22 and went in front with a block by Ibrahim. After another evened score at 23-all, El Kotb landed one spike and Egypt won 25-23 with another block of El Askolany’s production.

Tunisia held an 8-7 advantage in the third set. The spikes of Besbes and Ayech were the ingredients for the Tunisian production. Teams continued playing close and at 15-15 Ben Othmen blocked El Kotb for the 16-15 score in favor of Tunisia. Besbes carried the offense of Tunisia for most of the rest of the way scoring three of the last four points of his team en route to a 25-23 win.

Ben Othmen spike and serving ace gave Tunisia an 8-5 lead in the fourth set. The lefthander Besbe capped the Tunisian attack going towards the second stop with a smash from the right side for a 16-10 gap. It was the turn of Ben Othmen to maintain the margin producing two cannon-shots, but then Abdel El Moez sparked an Egyptian rally that closed the gap to 19-16 forcing a time-out of Tunisia. Besbes restored the calm and Tunisia won 25-20.


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