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USA maintain momentum with Egypt win


A succesfull dig from Kenzie Assem (Egypt)

  Ankara, Turkey, August 18, 2011- USA overcame the Egyptian resistance in the third set in their way towards third straight victory in a row in Pool G at the 2011 Girls’ Youth World Championship in Ankara Arena, Turkey on Thursday. 

FIVB Volleyball Girls' Youth World Championship

 
 USA won 25-16, 25-15, 30-28 but after they saved 4 set points in the third set to improve their win-loss record to 3-0 while Egypt dropped to 0-3. With this results USA went to the finals to fight for 9-12 places leaving Egypt to play the next round only for 13-16 positions.

 Jordan Burgess led USA scorers in the match with impressive 19 points while Mai Moustafa led Egyptian scorers with 10.

 The match began with USA dominance over the game and first technical timeout cam with 8-5 USA lead. Despite Egypt's improving efforts USA with successful attacks from sisters Rolfzen and Paulina Prieto kept their advantage and at the STT, 16-10. USA easily won this set 25-16.

Same was the situation on the court in the second set, 8-4 USA again led in the FTT. By increasing own attacks with hit by Aya Elshami Egypt once managed to catch up USA, 10-10. However the second technical timeout came again with USA ahead, 16-12. The gap increased toward the end of the set, which USA won, 25-15 ahead.

The third set started with seeming equality between teams, 5-5, which was partly maintained by Egypt's Aya Elshamy's blocks and hits from Kenzie Assem. With increasing Egypt's pressure they managed to go into the second technical timeout with 16-12 lead. After the break USA to regained control over the game and to caught up, 20-20. 

On the last minutes USA just tried not to lose the points due to own mistakes while Egypt did their best to win the set. With a lost spike by Nicole Edelman, Egypt even reached the 25-24 score. But better concentration of USA team let them gain two final scores and win the set 30-28 and the whole match 3-0.


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