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Algeria come from behind to outfox Nigeria

Algeria celebrate their first win at 2013 FIVB Women's U20 World Champs in Brno, Czech Republic. The North Africans came from behind to book their first two points.

Brno, Czech Republic, June 22, 2013 – Two sets down, Algeria bounced back heroically to overpower Nigeria in Sunday’s All-African duel of Pool D. Despite of their solid start, Nigeria could not pull clear. However, both teams booked their first points at 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic.

Nigeria’s Mercy Promise topped the scorers with a tournament high of 25 points while Merwa Dallal Achour scored 16 points for the winners. 

A 26-24 set win in the beginning of the match gave Nigeria enough confidence to continue their run in the second period. However, a 2-0 lead was not sufficient for the team of coach Sergey Ovechkin. On Algeria’s side, Celia Bourihane (13 points) came in for Louiza Bayou to help her teammates turning the tables in the third set. Nigeria now acted too franticly while Algeria kept cool in the decisive moments of the match. Consequently, the tiebreak was an all-Algerian affair (15-7), offering the North Africans their first win at Women’s U20 World Champs.

Algeria will challenge titleholder Italy on Monday while Nigeria enjoy a day off.

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