FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Chile produces the biggest surprise of Day One

Chile upset Japan with a straight set victory in opening day

Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico, June 27, 2013 – Chile made a successful return to the international scene of world volleyball pulling a surprising 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22) victory over Japan in the first day of action at the FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship.

In a match played at the State Auditorium of Mexicali, the Chileans battled hard against a fiery Japan before claiming the triumph, their first in almost thirty years at a world volleyball competition of any level.

“Our previous international experience was only in South American competitions, but today we worked with a good service and had an excellent job by Dussan Bonacic with more than 20 points,” Argentinean coach Daniel Nejamkin said about the Chilean team.

In another match in Mexicali, Turkey scored an upset victory over bronze medalists Cuba in a close contest of three sets.

The biggest battle of Thursday took place in Tijuana when Iran competed with Finland for more than two hours and pocketed the win in five sets.

Poland, France, Korea and China scored straight-sets victories while United States needed four sets before booking the win.

Pool A

Poland d Tunisia 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-21)

Poland cruised past Tunisia 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 in the opening match of Pool A. Alexander Sliwka paced the winners with 17 points, including three aces, while team captain Bartosz Bucko and Rafal Szymura contributed 12 and 10 respectively. Tunisia’s Mohamed Kbaier led the defeated side with 8 points. Poland held a wide advantage of 8-3 in blockings and blanked the opponents in the aces category 7-0. The winners gave away 30 points via errors to 20 by the losers.

China d Mexico 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-18)
China romped to a convincing straight-set (25-19, 25-15, 25-18) victory over hosts Mexico in the nightcap of opening day. Chuanhang Tang had three aces and one block among his match-high 16 points for China. Yuanbo Li and Runtao Xia added 11 and 10 respectively.  Ariel Acosta, Ivan Molano and Enrique Ugaldo each had 7 points for Mexico. The Chinese squad held a 7-0 difference in service winners of 9-6 in the blocking charts, while making only 12 unforced errors compared to 20 of Mexico.

Pool B

Chile 3, Japan 0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22)

Chilean volleyball had to wait almost three decades to appear in a World Championship but they didn’t disappoint in their return. The team coached by Daniel Nejamkin, showed that patience and hard work pay after beating Japan on 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22) in first’s Pool B match. Dussan Bonacic was the leading scorer for Chile, with 25 points while Yuki Ishikawa scored 16 and Hata Kosuke 11, as Japan’s best weapons.

Turkey d Cuba 3-0 (25-23, 29-27, 25-21)

Turkey outdueled Cuba in three well-fought sets to close the first day activities in Mexicali. The Turkish side won 25-23, 29-27, 25-21. Both teams registered eight blocks and two aces while the slight difference was in the number of unforced errors (19-24) and more attacks (45-42) in favor of the winners. Ogbai Enaboifo was the best offensive player for Turkey with 18 points, followed by Kaan Gulec and Yasin Aydin with 11 and 10 respectively. Cuba’s Luis Jimeno, Osmani Uriarte and Inovel Romero had 9 points apiece.

Pool C

Iran d Finland 3-2 (25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 25-27, 15-8)

Iran held off a high-spirited Finland to prevail in five sets (25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 25-27, 15-8) in the first match of Pool C. In a match of up and downs, Iran overcame their 36 errors to 24 of Finland to get two points with the 3-2 win. Mohammad Javad was the main offensive weapon of the winning side with 23 points followed by Akbar Valaei’s 19 points and 16 and 13 from Javad Hekmati and Shaland Allah respectively. Finland’s most productive players were Samuli Kaislasalo and Sakarin Makinen who each finished with 13 points.

France d Rwanda 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-18)

France stormed past Rwanda to claim an easy straight-set win (25-16, 25-12, 25-18) in the second match of Pool C. Jean Patry was the lone player to finish the match with double figures in the scoring charts with 11 tallies. Nicolas Szerszen, Sebastian Roatta and Timothee Carle contributed 9, 8 and 7 points respectively. Rwanda’s top producer was Robert Nishimiyimana who finished with eight points. Szerszen had five of the nine aces recorded by the winners while Roatta added three. France team outblocked Rwanda 8-0.

Pool D

United States d Algeria 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 28-26, 25-17)

The United States defeated Algeria 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 28-26, 25-17) to open the actions of Pool D. Both squads played a very tough and tight match at Mexicali State Auditorium. The Americans came back on the shoulders of Jacob Arnitz and Connor Lammey whoe were their main weapons. Arnitz finished with 18 points and Lammey tallied 17 while Karl Apfelbach scored 12 and Matthew Walsh, Jr. 11. Larbi Hadroug was Algeria’s top scorer with a total of 17 points.

Korea d Egypt 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-20)
Korea defeated Egypt 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-20) in the second match of Pool D. Korean captain Dong-Geun Jeong tallied 19 points to be this match top scorer. Sangjun Park finished with 9 for the Asian squad that won in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Eid Abouelsoud recorded 8 points for Egypt whose best moments were in the first and third sets. Both teams scored with six blocks but Korea was better in service winners (6-3) and also in spikes (37-26). The winners committed 20 errors to 26 by the losers.

2013 Boys’ Under 19 World Championship Performances

Top Scoring Performances

25- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Japan (June 27)
23- Mohammad Javad of Iran v Finland (June 27)
19- Dong-Geun Jeon of Korea v Egypt (June 27)
18- Jacob Amitz of United States v Algeria (June 27)
18. Ogbai Enaboifo of Turkey v Cuba (June 27)

Top Blocking Performances
5- Sahand Allah of Iran v Finland (June 27)
5- Connor Lammey of United States v Algeria (June 27)
4- Hamid Hamoodi of Iran v Finland (June 27)
4- Yuanbo Li of China v Mexico (June 27)
4- Matthew Walsh of United States v Algeria (June 27)

Top Blocking Performances by Team
15- Iran v Finland (June 27)
14- United States v Algeria (June 27)
10- Finland v Iran (June 27)
09- Chile v Japan (June 27)
09- China v Mexico (June 27)

Top Serving Performances

5 – Nicolas Szerszen of France v Rwanda (June 27)
4 – Akbar Valaei of Iran v Finland (June 27)
4 – Samuli Kaislasalo of Finland v Iran (June 27)

Top Serving Performances by Team
09 – France v Rwanda (June 27)
08 – Iran v Finland (June 27)
07 – Poland v Tunisia (June 27)
07 – China v Mexico (June 27)

Highest Scorers by day
25- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Japan (June 27)

Highest Set Score
29-27 Turkey v Cuba (2nd Set, June 27)
27-25 Finland v Iran (4th Set, June 27)

Highest Scoring Matches
204 – Iran d Finland 3-2 (25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 25-27, 15-8) June 27

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