MATCH INFO

Slovakia rout Egypt in a close encounter


Successful Egyptian block against Andrea Strbova (SVK)

  Ankara, Turkey, August 17, 2011- Slovakia rebounded from a first-day loss to USA with a straight-sets (25-21, 25-20, 25-19) win over Egypt in the second round Pool G of the FIVB Girls Youth World Championship at Ankara Arena Hall on Wednesday and produced Egypt’s second loss of the pool.

FIVB Volleyball Girls' Youth World Championship

 What made the match more interesting was the tight fight in each set but Slovakia players were more successful to gain the crucial points of each set even when Egypt was leading many times. The left handed opposite spiker Nikola Pistelakova and Karin Radova were the most team and the successful in Slovakia team and the key factor of victory with the former coming as the match scorer with 14 points, while Laila Abdel Hamid and Mai Mostafa were Egypt’s scorers with 8.

 With their first victory in the second round of the tournament Slovakia improved their win-loss record to 1-1, while Egypt decreased theirs to 0-2.

 The match started with Egyptian run forward 5-3 but Slovakia soon caught them up, 7-7. The first technical timeout bring to Egypt minimum lead 8-7. Then relative balance was established on the court and the scores went closely until the STT came with Egyptian lead 16-15.  Draw continued until 19-19 when Slovakia managed to dominate on the court. And after some successful attacks on Egypt, Slovakia won this set 25-21.

The second set started with some mistakes of Egypt and continuing hits from Nikola Pistelakova from Slovakia. So the FTT came with Slovakian lead 8-3. Later Egypt caught up 12-12. Long rallies with series of hits and blocks in each teams stayed very close until the end of the match. However on the last minutes Slovakia run forward and won this set as well, 25-20.

First rally of the third set ended with point scored by Egypt but immediately Slovakia took revenge and made 5-0 run. Then Laila Abdelhamid's spike intercepted Slovakian running forward and gave Egypt an opportunity to begin to catch up. The first TTO was sill with Slovakian advantage 8-5. After the break together with two points scored by services of Egyptian Laila Mahfouz her team made a 5-0 run, 13-11.

Second part of this set was again marked by increasing tension in each rally and close counts. Miroslava Rehakova from Slovakia went on making powerful hits on the opposite side what increased their lead. In the last seconds a spike by Pistelakova lead her team to their first victory in Pool G.


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