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Tunisia edge Egypt to reclaim crown

Tunisia celebrate their victory over Egypt in the final of the competition

Misurata, Libya, October 9, 2010 - Tunisia completed their successful defence of the Men's Junior African Nations Championship by beating arch-rivals Egypt 3-2 (25-16, 22-25, 25-27, 25-20, 15-13) in an exciting final in Misurata, Libya on Saturday.

Tunisia's success improved their record in the competition as they picked up their eighth title in the competition that began in 1984. The final was attended by the first vice-president of the Libyan Olympic Committee, Mohamed El Ammary, and the second vice-president, Noor Eddine Lekreshi. Also present were Libya Volleyball Federation president Gamal Zarrouk, Libya Volleyball Federation vice-president Ayad El Misurati, SOC delegate Morakinyo Ebenzer, referee delegate Abdelmajeed Djirad and CAVB technical director Howyda Mondy.

Tunisia v Egypt
Tunisia clinched a hard-fought victory over Egypt 3-2 (25-16, 22-25, 25-27, 25-20, 15-13) in a thrilling match that ran for 110 minutes. After Tunisia won the first set 25-16, Egypt replied positively and claimed two successive sets to lead 2-1 before nearly picking up the fourth too. However, Tunisia pulled back to level at two sets apiece and then secured their triumph in the tiebreak.

Tunisia took an 8-5 lead in the first set thanks to the blocking of the two centers, Omar Agrebi and Mohamed Ayech. Egypt were struggling with their receiving and Tunisia profited from the spike service of Brahim Besbes and Agrebi to win the set 25-16.

Egypt improved their receiving and digging in the second set and with combinations from setter Ahmed El Sayed, started to build up their attacks through Mostafa Idress as they established a 16-14 lead. With Tunisia making a series of serving errors, the Egyptians wrapped up the set at 25-22.

The third set saw Egypt dominate early through their blocking against the attacks of Besbes and Arabi Ben Abdalla. Tunisia improved their defence and their spike service to lead 16-14 at the Second Technical Timeout (STT) but Egypt, with the strong spikes of wing spiker Omar Hassan and Hossam Sallam, eventually prevailed 27-25.

The fourth set turned into an exciting contest between an Egypt side with the wind in their sails and a Tunisia team desperate to find a way back. Egypt spiked well through Hassan and Idress to take an 8-6 lead at the First Technical Timeout (FTT). Tunisia came back with a tactical service to lead 16-15 at the STT before Besbes and Ali Ben Othman turned on the style to overcome the Egyptian blockers and win the set 25-20 to take the match to a tiebreak.

The tiebreak saw Egypt take an early lead after quick attacks from El Askalany and Mohamed El Mahdi, but Tunisia used their tactical service to score four successive points and lead 10-8 before going on to clinch victory.

Morocco v Rwanda
Morocco cruised past Rwanda 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-22) in the bronze-medal match as the north Africans achieved an easier-than-expected victory.
Rwanda started the match on top as they dominated at the net through middle blocker Blacide Sibomana and wing spiker Christophe Muknzi. But Morocco found their stride and profited from the efficiency of opposite spiker Mohamed Hachdadi to win the set 25-23. With the first set won, Morocco adjusted their combinations and, with setter Moustafa Toufik playing a prominent role, went on to win the second and third sets in style.

Libya v South Africa
Libya swept past South Africa 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 14-25, 25-17) in the fifth and sixth position match. The host team dominated the first and second sets completely due to their superior blocking with Mohamed Abdel Wahab catching the eye. The third set was a completely different story as South Africa attacked through their wing spikers but the Libyans regained their rhythm to win the fourth set and the match 3-1. 
Libya finished the competition in fifth place and Rwanda in sixth.

Chad v Cote d'Ivoire
Chad eased past Cote d'Ivoire in straight sets 25-10, 25-6, 25-12 in a one-sided game they dominated completely to finish their first-ever participation in seventh position, leaving the Ivorians in eighth.

Final and Bronze Medal Results
Final Tunisia v Egypt 3-2 (25-16, 22-25, 25-27, 25-20, 15-13)
Bronze Medal Rwanda v Morocco 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-22)
Ranking 5-8 Results
5-6 Positions Libya v South Africa 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 14-25, 25-17)
7-8 Positions Chad v Cote d’Ivoire 3-0 (25-10, 25-6, 25-12)

All Results and Ranking
Final and Bronze medal
No    Date    Teams    Set    Result per set (points)    Total
Points    Time    Audience
                1    2    3    4    5            
1-2    9 Oct.    TUN-EGY    3-2     25-16    22-25    25-27    25-20    15-13    112-101    1:50    1000
2-3    9 Oct.    MAR-RWA    3-0     25-23    25-20    25-22            75-65    1:06    800

Ranking 5-8 Results
No    Date    Teams    Set    Result per set (points)    Total
Points    Time    Audience
                1    2    3    4    5            
5-6    8 Oct.    LBY-RSA    3-1    25-18    25-23    14-25    25-17        89-83    1:23    200
7-8    8 Oct.    TCH-CIV    3-0    25-10    25-6    25-12            75-28    0:58    500

Results Semifinal 1-4
No    Date    Teams    Set    Result per set (points)    Total
Points    Time    Audience
                1    2    3    4    5            
13    6 Oct.    TUN-MAR    3-2    23-25    25-18    25-20    18-25    15-13    106-101    1:50    800
14    6 Oct.    EGY-RWA    3-1    25-27    28-26    26-24    25-19        104-96    1:57    1000

Results Play off 5-8
No    Date    Teams    Set    Result per set (points)    Total
Points    Time    Audience
                1    2    3    4    5            
15    6 Oct.    RSA-TCH    3-2     25-22    17-25    23-25     25-17    15-11    105-100    1:45    150
16    6 Oct.    LBY-CIV    3-0     25-10    25-11    25-14            75-35    1:02    600
Results Pool A
No    Date    Teams    Set    Result per set (points)    Total
Points    Time    Audience
                1    2    3    4    5            
2    2 Oct.    MAR-RWA    2-3    25-22    15-25    25-19    21-25    13-15    98-106    1:55    300
3    2 Oct.    TCH-LBY    1-3    13-25    13-25    25-20    17-25        68-95    1:29    1000
5    3 Oct.    RWA-TCH    3-0    25-16    25-21    25-16            75-53    1:04    200
7    3 Oct.    LBY-MAR    2-3    25-22    19-25    25-23    29-31    12-15    110-116    2:08    1000
9    4 Oct.    MAR-TCH    3-0    25-13    25-10    25-14            75- 37    0:57    100
11    4 Oct.    RWA-LBY    3-0    25-23    25-18    25-18            75-61    1:07    1000

Results Pool B
No    Date    Teams    Set    Result per set (points)    Total
Points    Time    Audience
                1    2    3    4    5            
1    2 Oct.    RSA-EGY    0-3    16-25    19-25    12-25            47-75    1:05    100
4    2 Oct.    TUN-CIV    3-0    25-4    25-10    25-3            75-17    0:49    200
6    3 Oct.    CIV-EGY    0-3    7-25    4-25    8-25            19-75    0:49    200
8    3 Oct.    TUN-RSA    3-0     25-8    25-6    25-18            75-32    0:57    250
10    4 Oct.    RSA-CIV    3-0    25-8    25-11    25-17            75-36    1:05    250
12    4 Oct.    EGY-TUN    0-3    17-25    22-25    23-25            62-75    1:14    500

Ranking Pool A
Rk    Code    Country    Points    Matches    Points    Sets
                Won    Lost    Won    Lost    Ratio    Won    Lost    Ratio
1    RWA    Rwanda    6    3        256    212    1.207    9    2    4.500
2    MAR    Morocco    5    2    1    289    253    1.142    8    5    1.600
3    LYB    Libya    4    1    2    266    259    1.027    5    7    0.714
4    TCH    Chad    3        3    158    245    0.644    1    6    0.166

Ranking Pool B
Rk    Code    Country    Points    Matches    Points    Sets
                Won    Lost    Won    Lost    Ratio    Won    Lost    Ratio
1    TUN    Tunisia    6    3        225    111    2.027    9        Max.
2    EGY    Egypt     5    2    1    212    141    1.503    6    3    2.000
3    RSA    South Africa     4    1    2    154    186    0.827    3    6    Min.
4    CIV    Cote D’Ivoire    3        3    72    225    0.320        9    Min.

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