FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Russia enters the quarterfinals with a 3-0 win against Egypt


Egypt Mai Moustafa against the Russian block of Olga Biryukova and Irina fetisova

Brno, Czech Republic, June 26, 2013 – The difference of positions in the world ranking between Russia (18th place) and Egypt’s 12th did not showed up much on Wednesday in Vodova arena, when the U20 squad coach by former national team star Svetlana Safronova beat Egypt 3-0 in straight sets (25-14, 26-24, 25-13). Despite the victory, Russia performed in many moments with lack of motivation, being often punished by the Egyptians.

After the 25-14 of the first set, it was almost another team, showing great grit and spirit, the red-shirt Egypt which entered the court for the second set. Russia was stunned by the Africans’ blocks (5) and attacks, especially the ones performed by wing spiker Mai Moustafa (5 points in this partial of the game). Only after several minutes the Russian girls realized to be far from their standard. Once they scored  the point for a 24-all, the set was solved by a block by Olesya Nikolaeva and a zone 4 attack by Irina Voronkova.

A less squanderer Russia led the third set, with Egypt libero Perihan Eldeeb performing some really nice digs to contain the Europeans’ spikes: Irina Voronkova (18 points) and Kseniia Ilchenko (16) were the most dangerous at the net.

 

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