FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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UPCN win Pool A with victory over Kal-Kalleh


Martin Ramos (18) led the attack of UPCN with 15 points against Kal-Kalleh

Betim, Brazil, October 18, 2013 – UPCN of Argentina clinched the top position in Pool A of the FIVB Men’s Club World Championship following their straight-set (26-24, 25-22, 25-23) victory over Iran’s Kal-Kalleh at Divino Braga Gymnasium on Friday.

UPCN concluded the preliminary phase with a 3-0 win-loss record and 8 points and will play in the semifinals against the second place team of Pool B on Saturday. Kal-Kalleh finished at 0-3 with no points.

Martin Ramos spearheaded the offense of the winners with 15 points, followed by Theo Lopes with 14. Jose Santos and Alexandru Olteanu each contributed 12 tallies.

Reza Ghara and Seyed Sajjadi were the best scorers for Kal-Kalleh with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Alireza Nadi added nine points.

The spike by Theo Lopes went out of bounds to give Iran’s Kal Kalleh the 8-7 advantage in the first set. The Iranian team increased to 13-10 after the attack by Alireza Nadi and ace by Alireza Jadidi. Kal Kalleh was in front 16-12 at the second TTO. UPCN closed in at 17-16 with consecutive spikes by Alexandru Olteanu and tied at 21-all when Reza Ghara’s spike went out. UPCN took the set 26-24 with the kill by Lopes and the block by Olteanu against Javad Hosseinabadi. Martin Ramos had 6 points in the first set.

Kal-Kalleh took the lead 8-7. Nadi served one ace for the 11-9 advantage. UPCN combined three spikes in a row by Lopes, Martin Ramos and Javier Filardi to take the lead 15-14. Sajjadi and Filardi traded spikes for the 16-15 score in favor of UPCN at the second TTO. At 17-all a red card was showed to Kal-Kalleh’s captain Nadi, but the Iranians tied at 20-all via block by Jadidi against Olteanu. The Argentinean club took a 22-20 advantage with spikes by Lopes and Lucas Tell and won 25-22 with the kill by Ramos, who again totaled six points.

UPCN led 8-7 in the third set with Olteanu breaking the tie at 7-7 going to the first pause, and then 16-15 with the block by Lopes against Sajjadi. Kal-Kalleh tied at 21 with one ace by Milad Ebadipour. Lopes and Ramos scored with spikes for 24-22. Lopes closed it 25-23 with a parallel shot from the right side.


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