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Tunisia resist strong Egypt comeback to claim first win


Wing spiker Mohamed Ali Ben Othmen Miladi scored 15 points as Tunisia held off Egypt

Uberlandia, Brazil, October 7, 2013 - Tunisia resisted a strong comeback to claim their first win at the Men's U23 World Championship with a 3-2 (21-19, 21-17, 18-21, 19-21, 15-7) win against Egypt in the final day-two match at the Arena Presidente Tancredo Neves.

Despite some good serving from wing spiker Ahmed Elkotb, Egypt made a few too many errors in the first set and Tunisia won 21-19 with wing spiker Elyes Garfi their prominent scorer.

Tunisia controlled the second set with captain and opposite Mohamed Arbi Ben Abdallah dominating their attacks as they won the set 21-17.

In the third set, Tunisia were ahead 12-10 at the technical timeout, but more power serving by Elkotb pressured Tunisia and Egypt got ahead by a couple of points as the set drew to an end, and then closed it out 21-18 to make it 2-1.

Egypt's blocking game, in the shape of wing spiker Omar Hassan, allowed them to get ahead in the fourth set and, combined with powerful attacking from Elkotb, level the match at 2-2 with a 21-19 set win. 

Tunisia forged ahead 6-3 early in the tie-break and carried that lead for a 15-7 win in the decider. Ben Abdallah was his team's top scorer with 26 points.

Despite being on the losing side, Egypt's Elkotb not only produced the tournament's top individual serving performance with six points, but also the tournament's top individual score of 29 points.

On day three both teams face unbeaten opponents, first Tunisia against Bulgaria, then Egypt take on home team Brazil.

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