FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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China claim fourth historic gold at Girls' U18 World Championship


Chinese girls celebrate their fourth FIVB Girls' U18 World championship title

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, August 4, 2013 – China captured their fourth gold medal at the FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship with a straight sets win over the USA 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-23) in the final match at the Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima on Sunday.

It was a record fourth gold medal for China participating for the ninth time in this age category. Having won one more title than Brazil, China added to their previous wins in 2001, 2003 and 2007. It was also their fifth overall medal in the competition. The USA’s  silver medal was its  best  performance so far  in the eight times they have participated in the competition.  Their previous best was the fourth position in 2003 and 2005.

Brazil maintained their position on the podium with a bronze medal after a straight sets victory over Peru 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-12).

Brazil, the only team to participate in every edition of the U18 World Championship so far, got their second bronze medal (their first was in 2003) following three gold medal wins in 1997, 2005 and 2009 and four silver medal wins in 1989, 1991, 1999 and 2001.

Japan finished fifth following a thrilling five setter against Serbia, while Poland claim seventh place with a win against the Dominican Republic.

Mr Somporn Chaibabangyang (Thailand’s Minister of Sport) and members of the FIVB Control Committee including Mr Theofanis Tsiokris were present at the award ceremony. 
 
Gold Medal match
China v USA 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-23)

China won the gold medal at the Girls' Under18 World Championship beating USA in straight sets (25-16, 25-21, 25-23) in 68 minutes at the Chatchi Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Xinyue Yuan scored 16 points as her team’s best scorer, followed by Yunlu Wang with 14.

China put early and consistent pressure on the Americans, who struggled to get into the match. China dominated from the start of the match with their quick attacks using centers Xinyue Yuan and Hu Mingyuan. They blocked well and sent their attacks away from the USA blockers to win the first set by a wide margin, 25-16.

The US had trouble with their defence even at the start of the second set and could not apply their attacking strategy. China took the lead, but the USA came back when setter Jordyn Poulter did some good work in setting for her teammates. China’s coach fielded substitute center Yuanyuan Wang as they took the second set 25-21.

The US committed a number of errors in reception and attacks in the third set although their spikers did manage some success. But China served very well, allowing them to maintain their pressure and the lead throughout the set to 20-15. The USA tried to save the match, but with a quick attack from Xinyue Yuan the job was completed and China claimed the gold medal.

Bronze Medal match
Brazil v Peru 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-12)

Brazil gained their ninth medal in their 13th participation at the Girls' U18 World Championship with a victory in the bronze medal match in straight sets (25-19, 25-23, 25-12) against Peru.

Peru got their best result in the eight times they have participated in the Championship, achieving the same result as they did 20 years ago.

Brazil's center Gabriela (Gaby) Silva was the match star with her best performance of nine killing blocks in addition to her spiking from the center of the net to finish as match scorer with 13 points. Gaby helped stop the efficient Peruvian opposite attacker Angela Leyva who scored only 12 points during the match although she was her team’s top scorer in that match.

Brazil succeeded in making a solid barrier against Peru through their tight blocking at the wings of the net as well as their tight backline defence led by the libero Lais Vasques who did well in defence.

Peru started to come into their own in the second set when they began to use their combinations to work through Brazil’s block and would have succeeded in taking the set if Brazil had not worked well with the outside hitters to win the set.

Peru’s players, exhausted after their five set match against China in the semifinal the previous day, proved no match for Brazil who powered through to win the match in straight sets.

Match for 5th place
Japan v Serbia 3-2 (14-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 15-13) 

Japan ended their FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship journey in fifth position leaving Serbia in sixth place position after their epic 3-2 (14-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 15-13) win at Chatchai Hall.

This is the seventh best outcome for Japan who has won the title twice in the 11 times they have participated in the tournament. They achieved the same position in 2001 and 2009. However, it was the worst finish ever for the Serbians.

With a lot of motivation and their fighting spirit Japan succeeded in rebounding from two sets behind to win the third and fourth sets and then the match after a thriller tiebreak.

Japan spiker Mizuki Yanagita played her best and was the main factor in the country’s victory not only with her 28 points, but also for the encouragement of her team-mates especially in the tiebreak. She was followed by Kaori Mabashi who scored 18 points.  On the Serbian side, Tijana Boskovi was again the team scorer with 19 points followed by Sara Lozo 16.

Match for 7th place
Poland v Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-11, 19, 25, 25-16, 25-14)

 
Poland ended their FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship campaign in seventh position beating the Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-11, 19, 25, 25-16, 25-14)  at Chatchai Hall.

Poland worked on improving all the errors made in previous matches and played a wonderful game to gain seventh position in the tournament, three places behind the fourth place finish they attained in Turkey 2011. The Dominican Republic finished in eighth position.

Poland's attackers Malwina Smarzek and Malgorzata Smieszek were the key factor behind the victory with their steady performance throughout the match. Smarzek was the match scorer with 17 points all from killing hits, while Smieszek had a tally of 16 points including two blocks and three ace services. The Dominican Republic’s opposite Galia Gonzalez led her team scorers by 14 points, while Elizabeth Martinez scored only 8 points.

Match for 9th place
Turkey v Italy 3-2 (25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 18-25, 15-12)

 
Turkey pulled off a hard-fought five-set win (25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 18-25, 15-12) over a fired-up Italy to finish in ninth position at Liptapanlop Hall.

Turkey made history after being crowned World Champions in the 2011 edition of the tournament held on home soil following a stunning win over China in the final showdown.  They started their match against Italy with an attack game right from the opening whistle.

Pelin Aroguz led Turkey with 18 points, while Laura Grigolo scored a match-high 15 points for Italy.

Match for the 11th place
Chinese Taipei v Greece 3-1 (25-23, 25-18, 14-25, 25-22)

 
 Chinese Taipei defied the odds by beating Greece in a dramatic four-set match (25-23, 25-18, 14-25, 25-22) to finish in 11th place.
 
Tseng Wan Ling top-scored with 18 points for Chinese Taipei, 16 of them from her devastating attacks. Anthi Vasilantonaki led Greece with 28 points, including 21 kills from 60 attempts.

With the win, Chinese Taipei jumped for joy as they finished in 11th place, while Greece had to be content with 12th place. 

Match for the 13th place
Slovenia v Puerto Rico 3-1 (25-17, 27-25, 24-26, 26-24)

 
Debutantes Slovenia struggled hard to beat the spirited Puerto Rico in a closely-contested four set match (25-17, 27-25, 24-26, 26-24) to leave in 13th position.

Ela Pintar led Slovenia with 16 points, with Patricia Montero emerged as the top scorer for Puerto Rico with 19 points, all of them through her exceptional spikes.
 
Match for the 15th place
Egypt v Thailand 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 25-20, 18-25, 15-8)

  
Egypt  overpowered hosts Thailand in a gruelling five set match (20-25, 25-21, 25-20, 18-25, 15-8) to finish in 15th place at the Girls’ U18 World Championship  held at the Liptapanlop Hall on Sunday.
 
Following their loss, Thailand came in a disappointing 16th place  at this World Championship - a far cry from when they outclassed the less-experienced Egypt in the 13th-14th place playoff in Turkey two years’ ago.

Egypt’s Malak Badawy scored a match-high of 20 points, while the majority of Thailand’s points came from Jiraporn Chaymon, who collected 26 points including 22 kills from 79 attempts.

Classification round 17-20 (Round Robin)
17th: Argentina
18th: Mexico
19th: Tunisia
20th: Algeria

Final Results

No

Phase

Date

Local
Time

GMT
Time

Teams

Live Score
Result

City

Description

Press
Conf.

Stats

Photos

71

F1-16

04/08

10:00

03:00

EGY-THA

3-2

Nakhon Ratchasima

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75

F1-16

04/08

10:00

03:00

POL-DOM

3-1

Nakhon Ratchasima

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72

F1-16

04/08

12:45

05:00

PUR-SLO

1-3

Nakhon Ratchasima

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76

F1-16

04/08

12:10

05:00

JPN-SRB

3-2

Nakhon Ratchasima

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73

F1-16

04/08

14:22

07:00

TPE-GRE

3-1

Nakhon Ratchasima

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77

F1-16

04/08

14:50

07:00

BRA-PER

3-0

Nakhon Ratchasima

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74

F1-16

04/08

17:50

09:00

ITA-TUR

2-3

Nakhon Ratchasima

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78

F1-16

04/08

16:55

09:00

USA-CHN

0-3

Nakhon Ratchasima

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Final Ranking

1

China

2

USA

3

Brazil

4

Peru

5

Japan

6

Serbia

7

Poland

8

Dominican Republic

9

Turkey

10

Italy

11

Chinese Taipei

12

Greece

13

Slovenia

14

Puerto Rico

15

Egypt

16

Thailand

17

Argentina

18

Mexico

19

Tunisia

20

Algeria

 
Best players

MVP: Xinyue Yuan (China)Best Setter: Jordyn Poulter (USA)
Best Opposite: Angela Leyva (Peru)
Best Outside Hitters: Elizabeth Martinez (Dominican Republic) and Yunlu Wang (China)
Best Middle Blockers: Xinyue Yuan (China) and Audriana Fitzmorris (USA)
Best Libero: Minori Wada (Japan)

Women’s U20 World Championship honour

2013      China
2011      Turkey
2009      Brazil
2007      China
2005      Brazil
2003      China
2001      China
1999      Japan
1997      Brazil
1995      Japan
1993      Russia
1991      Korea
1989      USSR

2013 Girls'U18 World Championship Performances

Best Scorers

1.Yanagita Mizuki 159
2.Leyva Angela  157
3.Yuan Xinyue 152
4.Martinez Brayelin Elizabeth 149
5.Vasilantonaki Anthi 148
6.Smarzek Malwina 139
7.Boskovi Tijana  137
8.Chaymon Jiraporn 132
9.Aroguz Pelin 129
10.Strantzali Olga 120

Top Scoring Performances

36 – Mizuki Yanagita (JPN)  -  Japan v China (July 26)
34 – Smarzek Malwina (POL)  - Poland v Greece (July 26)
30 – Angela Leyva  (PER) - Peru v China (August 3)
29 – Chaymon Jiraporn  (THA) - Thailand v Egypt (July 26)
29 – Elizabeth Martinez (DOM) - Dominican  Republic v Turkey (August 1)
28 – Anthi Vasilantonaki (GRE) - Greece v Taipei (August 4)
28 – Mizuki Yanagita (JPN) - Japan v Serbia (August 4)
28 – Patcharaporn Sittisad (THA)  - Thailand v Puerto Rico (July 29)
28 – Malwina Smarzek (POL) - Poland v China (July 27)
27 – Elizabeth Martinez (DOM) - Dominican Republic v China (August 2)
27 – Patricia Montero (DOM) - Dominican Republic  v Taipei (August 2)
26 – Tijana Boskovi (SRB) - Serbia v Dominican Rep (August 3)
26 – Genesis Miranda (PUR) - Puerto Rico v Poland (August 1)
26 – Jiraporn Chaymon (THA) - Thailand v Egypt (August 4)

Top Blocking Performances

9 – Gabriela Silva (BRA) - Brazil v Peru (August 4)
7 – Ioanna Gkountimenko (GRE) - Greece v Slovenia (August 2)
6 – Anthi Vasilantonaki (GRE) - Greece v Taipei (August 4)
6 – Ela Pintar (SLO) - Slovenia v Puerto Rico (August 4)
6 – Joscelyn Coronel (PUR) - Puerto Rico v Slovenia (August 4)
6 – Youanyuan (CHN) - China v Peru (August 3)
6 – Youanyuan (CHN) - China v Poland (July 27)
6 – Arelya Karasoy (TUR) - Turkey v Peru (July 29)
6 – Laiza Ferreira (BRA) - Brazil v Japan (August 2)
6 – Montero Patricia (PUR) - Puerto Rico v Chinese Taipei (August 2)

Top Serving Performances

8 – Anita Sobocan (SLO) -  Slovenia v USA (July 27)
6 – Elina Rodiguez (ARG) -  Argentina v Poland (July 28)
6 – Patcharaporn Sittisad (THA)  - Thailand v Puerto Rico (July 29)
5 – Lorenne Geraldo (BRA) - Brazil v Algeria (July 27)
5 – Sirine Bouraoui (TUN)  - Tunisia v Puerto Rico (July 27)
5 – Nika Markovic (SLO) - Slovenia v Thailand (August 3)

Highest Scorers by day

34 – Smarzek Malwina (POL) - Poland v Greece (July 26)
28 – Malwina Smarzek (POL) -Poland v China (July 27)
26 – Angela Leyva (PER) - Peru v Chinese Taipei (July 28)
28 – Patcharaporn Sittisad (THA) -  Thailand v Puerto Rico (July 29)
23 – Elizabeth Martinez (DOM) - Dominican Republic v Slovenia (July 30)
29 – Elizabeth Martinez (DOM) - Dominican Republic v Turkey (August 1)
27 – Elizabeth Martinez (DOM) - Dominican Republic v China (August 2)
27 – Patricia Montero (DOM) - Dominican Republic v Taipei (August 2)
30 – Angela Leyva (PER) -  Peru v China (August 3)
28 – Anthi Vasilantonaki (GRE) - Greece v Taipei (August 4)
28 – Mizuki Yanagita (JPN) - Japan v Serbia (August 4)

Highest Set Score

Pool A: Thailand v Puerto Rico 30-28
Pool B: Argentina v Japan 34-32
Pool C: Brazil v Dominican Republic 33-31
Pool D: Italy v Peru 28-26
Round of 16: Turkey v Dominican 28-30
Classification 17-20: Tunisia v Mexico 23-25
Quarterfinal: Poland v USA 24-26
Classification 9-16: Puerto Rico v Tapei 26-28
Finals: Puerto Rico v Slovenia 26-24

Highest Scoring Matches

Pool A: Thailand v Puerto Rico 3-1 (25-21, 28-30, 25-21, 25-23) – 198 points
Pool B: Argentina v Greece 3-2 (20-25, 26-28, 25-20, 28-26, 15-10) – 223 points
Pool C: Brazil v Dominican Republic 3-1  (15-25, 33-31, 25-8, 32-30) – 199  points
Pool D: Italy v Peru 2-3 (28-26, 25-19, 20-25, 22-25, 13-15) - 218 points
Round of 16: Brazil v Italy 3-2 (18-25, 25-14, 25-23, 22-25, 15-7) - 199 points
Classification 17-20:Tunisia v Mexico: 0-3 (25-23, 25-21, 25-15) - 134 points
Quarterfinals: Dominican v China 2-3 (25-22, 25-20, 11-25, 22-25, 6-15) - 196 points
Class 9-16: Puerto Rico v Taipei 2-3 (20-25, 26-28, 25-21, 25-18, 8-15) - 211 points
Finals: ITA v TUR 2-3 (22-25 21-25 25-20 25-18 12-15) - 208 points

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