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India qualify for the Round of 16 with a 3-1 win against Egypt


Great blocking efforts helped India outplay Egypt in Ankara

Ankara, Turkey, August 25, 2013 – India secured their place in the Round of 16 at the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship in Turkey.  In Sunday’s first Pool A match at Baskent Volleyball Hall in Ankara the Asian side took the three points against the team of Egypt with a final score of 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-16).  With 6 points from two victories in the pool, India can no longer fall beyond the third place in the final ranking.  On the other hand, Egypt will have to engage in a direct battle for survival with fellow Africans from Morocco on Monday afternoon.

 

The first set was relatively even through the second technical time-out, after which Egypt broke away in the score and won the set by 25-22 with Islam Abdelkader spiking successfully for the last point.  India achieved a solid advantage at each of the two technical time-outs of the second set, but on both occasions Egypt managed to narrow the gap to only one point.  In the end, India’s great serving efforts in this set paid off as the Asian team won by 25-21.  Sets three and four were the same story repeated twice – after the first technical time-out the team around coach T.C. Jothish rush off to a solid lead and never look back.  A hit by Egypt’s substitute player Abouelsoud Eid that went too long shaped up the final 25-16 in favour of India in both sets.

 

India showed a good blocking performance in this match with 5 of their 15 blocking points coming from the game’s top scorer Kumar Sinha Deepesh, who tallied up a total of 18 points.  Islam Abdelkader was Egypt’s most prolific player with 12 points.

  

 

 

 

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