PRESS RELEASE 26.07.2009

Germany wins gold at Women’s Juniors

German players and coaches celebrate their victory with gold medals and trophy
Mexicali and Tijuana, Mexico, July 26, 2009 - Germany are the new world champions of Women's Junior Volleyball following a 28-26, 26-24, 25-16 victory over Dominican Republic on Saturday night at Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali. Brazil took home the bronze medal.

The new world monarchs came from behind to win the first two sets and then dominated in the third frame against what appeared to be a deflated Dominican side.

Captain Sarah Petrausch paced Germany with 14 points and Laura Weihenmaier and Berit Kauffeldt charted 13 and 10 tallies respectively. Dominicans Lisvel Eve and Cándida Arias each scored 12 points.

"It was not easy to win the championship even though we didn't lose a match along the way," said Han Abbing, the German coach. "The first two sets were really a battle but we kept our focus and came out winners. That really helped us for the easy third set."

"I don't have much to say, except that it is a dream come true. We played with great concentration," said Petrausch, the German captain. "It was not an easy match today but we kept our focus. We are the World Champions and I am really happy."

In what turned out to be a grueling battle for the bronze medal, six-time champions Brazil accomplished a sensational comeback from two sets down to edge Bulgaria by score of 19-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 19-17.

Glauciele Silva was the top Brazilian scorer with 20 points and Leticia Hagi (15), Natiele Gonzalves (14) and Ana Correa (13) also finished in double digits. Dobriana Rabadzhieva and Elitsa Vasileva topped Bulgaria with 29 and 23 respectively.

"I am so happy that this group of players finally won a medal in a World Championship," said Antonio Rizola, the Brazilian coach. "We never gave up and we dedicate this outstanding victory to our country."

Chen Shih Tin recorded a match-high 21 points, leading Chinese Taipei to an 18-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-22 victory over Netherlands and fifth place in the event.

Chen Wan Ting and Tseng Tzu Yu added 14 and 13 respectively and Chang Chen Yin produced 10 points for the triumph. Lonneke Sloetjes and Anne Buijs nailed 18 and 16 respectively for the losers while Nicole Koolhaas and Sharon Zuidema had 10.

In the match for seventh place, Turkey swept Mexico 25-10, 25-12, 25-21 dominating the blocking category 12-6. Nesve Buyakbayram led the winners with 14 points, including five blocks, and Polen Uslupehlivan added two more blocks among her 13 points.

In Tijuana, Cuba beat China in straight sets by score of 25-22, 25-21, 25-19 to finish ninth. Yoana Palacios and Wilma Salas were Cuba's top guns with 17 and 14 points respectively, while Rosanna Giel and Gyselle Silva produced nine apiece. Liu Xiaotong led China with 11 tallies.

The Czech Republic trounced USA 25-13, 25-13, 25-16 to take eleventh place at the tournament. Tereza Vanzurova and Ivona Svobodnikova led the winners with 17 and 11 points. The Czechs dominated the serves category 8-2.

Poland swept Thailand 25-22, 25-22, 25-18 in the match for the thirteenth spot. Maja Tokarska and Sylwia Pelc paced Poland with 17 points apiece and Katarzyna Bryda chipped in 13. Sontaya Keawbundit led Thailand with 14 points and both Nutchalee Suksomklin Keawbundit and Siriporn Ketsanoi contributed 11 apiece.

In the first match Saturday, Venezuela defeated Kenya 25-20, 25-9, 19-25, 25-17 to finish in fifteenth. Mariangel Perez, Wendy Romero and Roslandy Acosta led the winners with 19, 15 and 12 points respectively. Everlyne Makuto topped Kenya with 15 and Dorine Khaemba added 12.

Final positions:
1. Germany
2. Dominican Republic
3. Brazil
4. Bulgaria
5. Chinese Taipei
6. Netherlands
7. Turkey
8. Mexico
9. Cuba
10. China
11. Czech Republic
12. United States
13. Poland
14. Thailand
15. Venezuela
16. Kenya