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Consistent Tunisia cruise past USA in a thriller 3-1


Big celebration for Tunisia team after the win against USA in Pool C of the Men's U21 World Championship at Ataturk hall in Izmir

 Izmir, Turkey, August 25, 2013 – Tunisia's organized reception and attacks paved the way to a 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 16-25, 25-22) win over USA in Pool D epic encounter of the FIVB Men's U21 World Championship at Ataturk Hall in Izmir, Turkey on Sunday.

 Tunisia improved their tournament's win- loss ratio in 4 matches to 2-2, while USA dropped to 1-2 in three matches and still have one match in Pool C against neighbours Canada on Monday.

  Outside hitters Malek Chekir and Elyes Garfi were Tunisia's best scorers with 12 points each, while USA's spiker Michael Henchy contributed 13 points for his team as best scorer.

 Although Garfi changed his position from middle blocker to outside hitter to replace the injured captain Ousama Mrika, he was one of the match stars with his performance offensively and defensively. 

 Tunisia had powerful start organizing the attacking combinations led by the setter Khaled Ben Slimane who used the strong attackers Malek Chekir and Elyes Garfi to put US players under pressure. Tunisia also organized the backline defence in the best way to win the set 25-23.

 The highly spirited Tunisian continued the same rhythm in the second set and kept their defensive solidarity. Also their coach replaced the opposite spiker Adam Oueslati by Montasar Ben Brahem who played his best leading his team to win the second set in an easier way 25-19.

 USA team emerged properly in the third set as their blocking activity improved to the utmost to stop a lot of Tunisian attacks with Thomas Jaeschke spiking effectively leading his team to win the set 25-19.

 Tunisia regained the rhythm and performance in the fourth set and succeeded to win the fourth set bravely with a lot consistence in reception and attacks to win the set 25-22 and the match 3-1.

 

 

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