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China and USA book Girls' U18 final spot

 
USA players celebrate their qualification to the final of the FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship in Thailand

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, August 3, 2013 – USA and China booked their FIVB Girls' U18 World championship final tickets following their epic wins over Brazil and Peru respectively in the semifinal show at the Chatchai and Lipatapanlop halls in Nakhon Ratshasima on Saturday.

The USA have reached their first final in the eight times they have participated in this competition since 1989, while China have recorded their fifth final in 12 years. They will be seeking their fourth title when they meet in the final match on Sunday at 16:00 local time.
 
On a day of drama and emotion, the two semifinal matches ended in a marathon tiebreaker with a first China-USA final in history of the competition. With both matches approaching two full hours of action, the spectators in Thailand were treated to high-quality volleyball.
 
Semifinal 1-4

USA book first ever final ticket with thrilling tiebreaker against Brazil

The USA booked a spot at the FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship final for the first time after beating Brazil in an epic five set semifinal match which they won 3-2 (16-25, 25-14, 20-25, 25-17, 15-12) at Chatchi Hall.

This is their best result of the championship to date. Their previous best performance was fourth place in 2003 and 2005.

Brazil lost their chance to compete in their eighth final and will now play for the bronze medal.

With her five successful blocks Audriana Fitzmorris played a crucial role in the USA win tallying 13 points, making her the second best scorer after USA's Mikaela Foecke who scored 16 points.

Brazil's opposite spiker, Lorenne Geraldo contributed 22 points for her team.

China secure the second final ticket after Peru traditional victory
 
China booked a second ticket to the final of the FIVB Girls' U 18 World Championship after beating Peru in a thrilling encounter 3-2 (17-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19, 23-21) at Chatchi Hall. This was the second time China succeeded in recovering from two sets behind after their exciting quarterfinal match against the Dominican Republic.

Peru started the match with a highly spirited performance aided by their fans who provided a great deal of encouragement. They led continuously in the first and second sets with the sharp hits sent by their strong hitter Angela Leyva who was the match scorer with 30 points.

Their skilful setter Shiamara Almeida added to the power of her team against the tall Chinese blockers in particular the competition’s best scorer Xinyue Yuan. She also used her spike services to score a lot of aces.

In the tiebreak China took an early lead (6-4) before the Peruvian team turned the tables at 8-7. Peru continued their form till 14-11 when they missed three match points allowing China to draw 14-14. Peru then lost another six match points, allowing the Chinese to win 23-21.

Classification 5th-8th place 

Serbia fight back resistance from the Dominican Republic in five set Marathon
 
Serbia regained their rhythm on time to overcome the Dominican Republic’s resistance in a thrilling tiebreaker (25-20, 20-25, 25-12, 23-25, 18-16) in their classification match for 5th to 8th positions of the FIVB Girls' Youth World championship at Chatchi Hall.

Serbia will now play in the 5th and 6th position match against Japan, while the Dominican Republic will play against Poland in the match for the 7th and 8th position.

Serbia's Tijana Boskovi contributed 26 points for her team and helped win a tiebreak. She was the match’s top scorer followed by team-mate Bojana Milenkovic who scored 18 points.

On the Dominican Republic side, Elizabeth Martinez was the top scorer with an impressive 25 points followed by the opposite spiker Gaila Gonzalez with 14 points.

Japan defeat Poland in straight sets
 
Japan achieved a straight sets victory 3-0 (30-28, 25-23, 26-24) over No. 6 Poland in the 5th to 8th classification matches at the FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship held at Chatchi Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Saturday.

The match was made more exciting at the shorter Japanese players fought aggressively at the end of each set to win the last few points to upset the European Champions.

Japan's outside hitter Mizuki Yanagita was the best scorer for her team with a tally of 18 points including one ace service, followed by the opposite spiker Miku Benoki with 14.

Poland's Malwina Smarzek led her team scorers with 19 points including 4 blocks followed by Magdalena Damaske score of 14 points.

Classification 9th- 12th

Italy repeat similar feat over Taipei
 
In their match against Chinese Taipei, Italy defeated their Asian counterparts in straight sets 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-12) in the 9th-12th playoffs at the Liptapanlop Hall.

Italy, who have yet to win the championship title, came very close to taking it in 2003 in Poland. But they were beaten by China in the final showdown.

This time, the Italians did not go the distance and fell to their opponents in the last 16 round, leaving them to compete in the 9th-12th position playoffs instead.

Their win carried Italy to the playoff for the 9th-10th positions, while Chinese Taipei will compete in the 11th-12th position playoffs.

Elisa Zanette emerged as the top scorer for Italy with 17 points including 15 kills from 20 attempts. Tseng Wan Ling led Chinese Taipei with nine points.

Turkey pull off a magnificent victory over Greece

Turkey survived a sturdy challenge from Greece to defeat their European counterparts in a tense four-set battle (17-25, 25-12, 25-21, 25-23) to go up against Italy in the 9th-10th playoff.

Reigning champions, Turkey suffered a bitter 1-3 loss to the Dominican Republic in the knock out second-round stage, and struggled to hit their top form in the opener, allowing the Greeks several attacking opportunities.

Humay Topaloglu led Turkey with 19 points including 16 kills from 33 attempts, with Anthi Vasilantonaki scored a match-high of 18 points for Greece.

Following their victory, Turkey will now take on Italy in the playoff for 9th-10th position, while Greece will play Chinese Taipei for the 11th position.   

Classification 13th- 16th

Slovenia brush off hosts Thailand in hard-fought five-set thriller
 
Slovenia, the surprise 3-1 winners over the USA in their group stage, fought hard to beat hosts Thailand in a hotly-contested four set match (25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 20-25, 15-6).

Nika Markovic topscored for Slovenia with 20 points including 14 spikes from 39 attempts, while Jiraporn Chaymon remained the best scorer for Thailand with 19 points taking 15 kills and four blocks.

With the loss, Thailand are relegated to the 15th-16th playoff against Egypt, while Slovenia will go up against Puerto Rico in the 13th-14th playoff.

Puerto Rico beat Egypt in dramatic four sets
 
Puerto Rico were in impressive form against Egypt, defeating their higher-ranked rivals in a gruelling four set match (22-25, 26-24, 25-12, 25-22) in the 13th-16th classification round at the Liptapanlop Hall.

The third set was dominated by Puerto Rico after the Egyptians became more prone to unforced mistakes. The Puerto Ricans took the third set without too much trouble 25-12. The fourth set turned out to be tough again, but Puerto Rico played cool under pressure. Leading narrowly 22-20, the Puerto Ricans never looked back to allow the rivals only two points to capture the set 25-22 and match.

Classification 17-20

Argentina leave in 17th position after Mexico win
 
Argentina's duo, Elina Rodriguez and Sol Piccolo led their team to victory against Mexico 3-1 (27-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-16) in the third and final day of the 17th-20th classification round at Chatchi Hall.

Argentina’s attackers Elina Rodriguez and Sol Piccolo scored 25 points each making a total of 50 out of 100 points scored in the match i.e. 50% of the total points. On the Mexican side Fernanda Bañuelos scored 15 points to lead the scores for her team followed by Urias Jocelyn 14.

Tunisia finish 19th after a close rally past Algeria 

Fast-improving Tunisia registered their first and last win in the 17th-20th playoff matches against Algeria. Tunisia and Algeria were the only two teams that have yet to win a match in the tournament.

Results Day 8

No

Phase

Date

Local
Time

GMT
Time

Teams

Live Score
Result

City

Description

Press
Conf.

Stats

Photos

69

C17-20

03/08

10:00

03:00

ARG-MEX

3-1

Nakhon Ratchasima

View

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70

C17-20

03/08

10:00

03:00

ALG-TUN

1-3

Nakhon Ratchasima

View

View

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61

C13-16

03/08

12:25

05:00

EGY-PUR

1-3

Nakhon Ratchasima

View

View

View

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65

C5-8

03/08

12:30

05:00

JPN-POL

3-0

Nakhon Ratchasima

View

View

View

View

62

C13-16

03/08

14:50

07:00

THA-SLO

2-3

Nakhon Ratchasima

View

View

View

View

66

C5-8

03/08

14:35

07:00

DOM-SRB

2-3

Nakhon Ratchasima

View

View

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63

C9-12

03/08

17:30

09:00

ITA-TPE

3-0

Nakhon Ratchasima

View

View

View

View

67

SF

03/08

17:20

09:00

BRA-USA

2-3

Nakhan Ratchasima

View

View

View

View

64

C9-12

03/08

19:20

11:00

TUR-GRE

3-1

Nakhon Ratchasima

View

View

View

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68

SF

03/08

20:15

11:00

CHN-PER

3-2

Nakhon Ratchasima

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Day 9 Programme- Finals 

Finals 1-16 on August 4

No

Teams

Date

Time

City

Hall

71

Place 15-16
EGY-THA

4-Aug

10:00

Nakhon Ratchasima

Lippatapallop Gym

72

Place 13-14
PUR-SLO

4-Aug

12:00

Nakhon Ratchasima

Lippatapallop Gym

73

Place 11-12
TPE-GRE

4-Aug

14:00

Nakhon Ratchasima

Lippatapallop Gym

74

Place 9-10
ITA-TUR

4-Aug

16:00

Nakhon Ratchasima

Lippatapallop Gym

75

Place 7-8
POL-DOM

4-Aug

10:00

Nakhon Ratchasima

Chatchai Gym

76

Place 5-6
JPN-SRB

4-Aug

12:00

Nakhon Ratchasima

Chatchai Gym

77

Place 3-4
BRA-PER

4-Aug

14:00

Nakhon Ratchasima

Chatchai Gym

78

Place 1-2
USA-CHN

4-Aug

16:00

Nakhon Ratchasima

Chatchai Gym

 

2013 Girls'U18 World Championship Performances

Best Scorers
1.  Leyva Angela (PER) 145
2.  Martinez Brayelin Elizabeth (DOM) 141
3.  Yuan Xinyue (CHN) 136
4.  Yanagita Mizuki (JPN) 131
5.  Smarzek Malwina (POL) 122
6.  Vasilantonaki Anthi (GRE) 120
7.  Boskovi Tijana (SRB) 118
8.  Aroguz Pelin (TUR) 111
9.  Piccolo Sol (ARG) 110
10. Rodriguez Elina (ARG) 109

Top Scoring Performances
36 – Mizuki Yanagita (JPN) - Japan v China (July 26)
34 – Smarzek Malwina (POL) - Poland v Greece (July 26)
30 – Angela Leyva (PER) - Peru v China (August 3)
29 – Chaymon Jiraporn (THA) - Thailand v Egypt (July 26)
29 – Elizabeth Martinez (DOM) - Dominican Republic v Turkey (August 1)
28 – Patcharaporn Sittisad (THA) - Thailand v Puerto Rico (July 29)
28 – Malwina Smarzek (POL) - Poland v China (July 27)
27 – Elizabeth Martinez (DOM) - Dominican Republic v China (August 2)
27 – Patricia Montero (DOM) - Dominican Republic v Taipei (August 2)
26 – Tijana Boskovi (SRB) - Serbia v Dominican Rep (August 3)
26 – Genesis Miranda (PUR) - Puerto Rico v Poland (August 1)
25 – Elizabeth Martinez (DOM) – Dominican Republic v Serbia (August 3)
25 – Anastasia Guerra (ITA) - Italy v Peru (July 27)
25 – Olga Strantzali (GRE) - Greece v Slovenia (August 2)
25 – Genesis Miranda (PUR) - Puerto Rico v Egypt (August 3)
25 – Elena Rodriguez (Argentina) v Mexico (August 3)

Top Blocking Performances
7 – Ioanna Gkountimenko (GRE) - Greece v Slovenia (August 2)
6 – Youanyuan (CHN) - China v Peru (August 3)
6 – Youanyuan (CHN) - China v Poland (July 27)
6 – Arelya Karasoy (TUR) - Turkey v Peru (July 29)
6 – Laiza Ferreira (BRA) - Brazil v Japan (August 2)
6 – Montero Patricia (PUR) - Puerto Rico v Chinese Taipei (August 2)
 
Top Serving Performances
8 – Anita Sobocan (SLO) - Slovenia v USA (July 27)
6 – Elina Rodiguez (ARG) - Argentina v Poland (July 28)
6 – Patcharaporn Sittisad (THA) - Thailand v Puerto Rico (July 29)
5 – Lorenne Geraldo (BRA) - Brazil v Algeria (July 27)
5 – Sirine Bouraoui (TUN) - Tunisia v Puerto Rico (July 27)
5 – Nika Markovic (SLO) - Slovenia v Thailand (August 3)
4 – Mihalinec Katja (SLO) - Slovenia v Algeria (July 26)
4 – Sittisad Patcharaporn (THA) - Thailand v Egypt. (July 26)
4 – Abdelghany Doaa (EGY) - Egypt v Thailand (July 26)
4 – Karasoy Arelya (TUR) - Turkey v Italy (July 26)
4 – Nicoletti Anna of Italy v Turkey (July 26)

Highest Scorers by day
34 – Smarzek Malwina (POL) - Poland v Greece (July 26)
28 – Malwina Smarzek (POL) - Poland v China (July 27)
26 – Angela Leyva (PER) - Peru v Chinese Taipei (July 28)
28 – Patcharaporn Sittisad (THA) - Thailand v Puerto Rico (July 29)
23 – Elizabeth Martinez (DOM) - Dominican Republic v Slovenia (July 30)
29 – Elizabeth Martinez (DOM) - Dominican Republic v Turkey (August 1)
27 – Elizabeth Martinez (DOM) - Dominican Republic v China (August 2)
27 – Patricia Montero (DOM) - Dominican Republic v Taipei (August 2)
30 – Angela Leyva (PER) - Peru v China (August 3)

Highest Set Score
Pool A: Thailand v Puerto Rico 30-28
Pool B: Argentina v Japan 34-32
Pool C: Brazil v Dominican Republic 33-31
Pool D: Italy v Peru 28-26
Round of 16: Turkey v Dominican 28-30
Classification 17-20: Tunisia v Mexico 23-25
Quarterfinal: Poland v USA 24-26
Classification 9-26: Puerto Rico v Tapei 26-28

Highest Scoring Matches
Pool A: Thailand v Puerto Rico 3-1 (25-21, 28-30, 25-21, 25-23)– 198 points
Pool B: Argentina v Greece 3-2 (20-25, 26-28, 25-20, 28-26, 15-10)– 223 points
Pool C: Brazil v Dominican Republic 3-1  (15-25, 33-31, 25-8, 32-30)– 199  points
Pool D: Italy v Peru 2-3 (28-26, 25-19, 20-25, 22-25, 13-15) - 218 points
Round of 16: Brazil v Italy 3-2 (18-25, 25-14, 25-23, 22-25, 15-7) - 199 points
Classification 17-20:Tunisia v Mexico: 0-3 (25-23, 25-21, 25-15) - 134 points
Quarterfinals: Dominican v China 2-3 (25-22, 25-20, 11-25, 22-25, 6-15) - 196 points
Class.
9-16: Puerto Rico v Taipei 2-3 (20-25, 26-28, 25-21, 25-18, 8-15)

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