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China secure semifinal spot at Women’s U23


Gu Xinwei (9) leads the celebration of China following their five-set victory over USA to secure a spot in the semifinals of the inaugural FIVB Women's U23 World Championship Open

Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico, October 8, 2013 – China became the first team to secure a spot in the semifinals of the inaugural FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship Open following their 3-2 (25-15, 18-25, 14-25, 25-19, 15-5) victory over the United States on Tuesday at the State Auditorium in Mexicali.

The Chinese now have a total of 11 points (4-0 record) good at least for a second place in Pool B, followed by United States and Brazil who both are seated in second place with 9 points and 3-1 win-loss record.

Liu Yanhan topped China with 24 points, including five serving aces, while USA’s Gina Mancuso had a match-high 25 points in the losing effort.

“Sets two and three were not so good for us,” China’s Coach Xu Jiande stated. “We didn’t have the technique but in the last two ones recovered and played good again.”

“It was a great battle with ups and downs, but China played down the stretch and got the points,” USA Coach Karch Kiraly commented.  “Now we have to prepare for Brazil.”

Brazil crushed an injury-decimated Germany in straight sets (25-11, 25-11, 25-21) in the nightcap in Mexicali and Cuba beat Kenya (25-19, 25-23, 25-21) in a meaningless match.

Mara Leao and Gabriella Souza each had 12 points to share the offensive leadership for the Brazilian side.

“We set our defense strategy as well as the service and block and a good tactical discipline to go on in the competition,” Brazil’s Coach Claudio Lopes said.

United States and Brazil meet on Wednesday in a crucial match while China’s remaining contest is against the winless Kenya.

In Pool A, Japan beat Argentina 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-19) to remain undefeated with 10 points and a 4-0 win-loss record. 

Saori Takahashi and Sarina Koga were the main offensive producers for the winners with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

“With the fast game we were able to get the points to close the sets,” Japan’s Shigekazu Okubo said. “We need to improve our tactics for the next matches.”

Meanwhile, the Dominican Republic took a major step towards the semifinal phase with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-12) victory over Italy. The Dominicans also have 10 points and meet winless Mexico on Wednesday.

Jeoselyna Rodriguez and Brayelin Martinez each recorded 22 points to lead the important win for the Dominican side.

Marcos Kwiek, the Brazilian Coach of Dominican Republic, said: “I feel good because we added three more points and are almost in the semifinals.”

In the last match of the evening in Tijuana, Turkey defeated Mexico in four sets (25-7, 22-25, 25-18, 25-19) to remain in contention for the final-four round.

Gozde Yilmaz had 4 aces among her team-leading 15 points and Nur Yurtdagulen added 11, including three blocks.

Turkey (3-1 with 8 points) play Japan in last day of pool play, needing a 3-0 or 3-1 victory to eliminate the Asian team from the medal contention. If the Japanese win they will advance as the winner of the group.

“If we play well we have the chance to beat Japan,” Turkish Mehmet Bedestenlioglu said after the match.

The standings with one day to go are as follows:

Pool A: Japan 4-0 (10 points), Dominican Republic 3-1 (10), Turkey 3-1 (8), Italy 1-3 (5), Argentina 1-3 (3), Mexico 0-4 (0). Pool B: China 4-0 (11), United States 3-1 (9), Brazil 3-1 (9), Germany 1-3 (4), Cuba 1-3 (3), Kenya 0-4 (0).

Top Scorer by day
28- Valentina Douf of Italy v Turkey (Oct. 5)
31- Valentina Diouf of Italy v Japan (Oct. 6)
20- Yurie Nabeya of Japan v Dominican Republic (Oct. 7)
20- Jeoselyna Rodriguez of Dominican Republic v Japan (Oct. 7)
20- Gina Mancuso of United States v Germany (Oct. 7)
25- Gina Mancuso of United States v China (Oct. 8)

Top Scoring Performances
31- Valentina Diouf of Italy v Japan (Oct. 6)
28- Valentina Diouf of Italy v Turkey (Oct. 5)
25- Gina Mancuso of United States v China (Oct. 8)
24- Liu Yanhan of China v United States (Oct. 8)
23- Ceren Kestinregoz of Turkey v Italy (Oct. 5)
23- Ellen Braga of Brazil v Cuba (Oct. 5)

Top Blocking Performances
8- Francynne Jacintho of Brazil v Cuba (Oct. 5)
7- Raphaela Folie of Italy v Japan (Oct. 6)
6- Mara Leao of Brazil v China (Oct. 6)
5- Several players

Top Serving Performances
7- Jeoselyna Rodriguez of Dominican Republic v Turkey (Oct. 6)
5- Hayley Hodson of United States v Kenya (Oct. 5)
5- Nozomi Ito of Japan v Dominican Republic (Oct. 7)
5- Liu Yanhan of China v United States (Oct. 8)
4- Several players

Top Team-Blocking Performances
20- Italy v Japan (Oct. 6)
17- Brazil v Cuba (Oct. 5)
16- Dominican Republic v Italy (Oct. 8)
15- Japan v Italy (Oct. 6)
15- Dominican Republic v Turkey (Oct. 6)

Top Team-Serving Performances
11- United States v Kenya (Oct. 5)
10- Turkey v Italy (Oct. 5)
10- Italy v Turkey (Oct. 5)

Highest Scoring Sets
31-29 Italy v Turkey (1st Set) Oct. 5
28-26 Brazil v Cuba (1st Set) Oct. 5
27-25 Cuba v Brazil (2nd Set) Oct 5
27-25 Germany v United States Oct. 7

Highest Scoring Matches
230- Turkey d Italy 3-2 (29-31, 16-25, 26-24, 25-22, 17-15) Oct. 5
204- Japan d Italy 3-2 (21-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-16, 15-12) Oct. 6
203- United States d Germany 3-2 (25-15, 23-25, 25-27, 25-12, 15-11) Oct. 7
195- Japan d Dominican Republic 3-2 (15-25, 25-22, 17-25, 25-17-15-9) Oct. 7
186- China d United States 3-2 (25-15, 18-25, 14-25, 25-19, 15-5) Oct. 8








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