China claim fourth historic gold at Girls' U18 World Championship
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, August 4, 2013 – China captured their fourth gold medal at the FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship with a straight sets win over the USA 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-23) in the final match at the Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima on Sunday.
It was a record fourth gold medal for China participating for the ninth time in this age category. Having won one more title than Brazil, China added to their previous wins in 2001, 2003 and 2007. It was also their fifth overall medal in the competition. The USA’s silver medal was its best performance so far in the eight times they have participated in the competition. Their previous best was the fourth position in 2003 and 2005.
Brazil maintained their position on the podium with a bronze medal after a straight sets victory over Peru 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-12).
Brazil, the only team to participate in every edition of the U18 World Championship so far, got their second bronze medal (their first was in 2003) following three gold medal wins in 1997, 2005 and 2009 and four silver medal wins in 1989, 1991, 1999 and 2001.
Japan finished fifth following a thrilling five setter against Serbia, while Poland claim seventh place with a win against the Dominican Republic.
Mr Somporn Chaibabangyang (Thailand’s Minister of Sport)
and members of the FIVB Control Committee including Mr Theofanis Tsiokris were
present at the award ceremony.
China won the gold medal at the Girls' Under18 World Championship beating USA in straight sets (25-16, 25-21, 25-23) in 68 minutes at the Chatchi Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima.
Xinyue Yuan scored 16 points as her team’s best scorer, followed by Yunlu Wang with 14.
China put early and consistent pressure on the Americans, who struggled to get into the match. China dominated from the start of the match with their quick attacks using centers Xinyue Yuan and Hu Mingyuan. They blocked well and sent their attacks away from the USA blockers to win the first set by a wide margin, 25-16.
The US had trouble with their defence even at the start of the second set and could not apply their attacking strategy. China took the lead, but the USA came back when setter Jordyn Poulter did some good work in setting for her teammates. China’s coach fielded substitute center Yuanyuan Wang as they took the second set 25-21.
The US committed a number of errors in reception and attacks in the third set although their spikers did manage some success. But China served very well, allowing them to maintain their pressure and the lead throughout the set to 20-15. The USA tried to save the match, but with a quick attack from Xinyue Yuan the job was completed and China claimed the gold medal.
Bronze Medal match
Brazil gained their ninth medal in their 13th participation at the Girls' U18 World Championship with a victory in the bronze medal match in straight sets (25-19, 25-23, 25-12) against Peru.
Peru got their best result in the eight times they have participated in the Championship, achieving the same result as they did 20 years ago.
Brazil's center Gabriela (Gaby) Silva was the match star with her best performance of nine killing blocks in addition to her spiking from the center of the net to finish as match scorer with 13 points. Gaby helped stop the efficient Peruvian opposite attacker Angela Leyva who scored only 12 points during the match although she was her team’s top scorer in that match.
Brazil succeeded in making a solid barrier against Peru through their tight blocking at the wings of the net as well as their tight backline defence led by the libero Lais Vasques who did well in defence.
Peru started to come into their own in the second set when they began to use their combinations to work through Brazil’s block and would have succeeded in taking the set if Brazil had not worked well with the outside hitters to win the set.
Peru’s players, exhausted after their five set match against China in the semifinal the previous day, proved no match for Brazil who powered through to win the match in straight sets.
Match for 5th place
Japan ended their FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship journey in fifth position leaving Serbia in sixth place position after their epic 3-2 (14-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 15-13) win at Chatchai Hall.
This is the seventh best outcome for Japan who has won the title twice in the 11 times they have participated in the tournament. They achieved the same position in 2001 and 2009. However, it was the worst finish ever for the Serbians.
With a lot of motivation and their fighting spirit Japan succeeded in rebounding from two sets behind to win the third and fourth sets and then the match after a thriller tiebreak.
Japan spiker Mizuki Yanagita played her best and was the main factor in the country’s victory not only with her 28 points, but also for the encouragement of her team-mates especially in the tiebreak. She was followed by Kaori Mabashi who scored 18 points. On the Serbian side, Tijana Boskovi was again the team scorer with 19 points followed by Sara Lozo 16.
Match for 7th place
Poland worked on improving all the errors made in previous matches and played a wonderful game to gain seventh position in the tournament, three places behind the fourth place finish they attained in Turkey 2011. The Dominican Republic finished in eighth position.
Poland's attackers Malwina Smarzek and Malgorzata Smieszek were the key factor behind the victory with their steady performance throughout the match. Smarzek was the match scorer with 17 points all from killing hits, while Smieszek had a tally of 16 points including two blocks and three ace services. The Dominican Republic’s opposite Galia Gonzalez led her team scorers by 14 points, while Elizabeth Martinez scored only 8 points.
Match for 9th place
Turkey made history after being crowned World Champions in the 2011 edition of the tournament held on home soil following a stunning win over China in the final showdown. They started their match against Italy with an attack game right from the opening whistle.
Pelin Aroguz led Turkey with 18 points, while Laura Grigolo scored a match-high 15 points for Italy.
Match for the 11th place
With the win, Chinese Taipei jumped for joy as they finished in 11th place, while Greece had to be content with 12th place.
Match for the 13th place
Ela Pintar led Slovenia with 16 points, with
Patricia Montero emerged as the top scorer for Puerto Rico with 19 points, all
of them through her exceptional spikes.
Egypt’s Malak Badawy scored a match-high of 20 points, while the majority of Thailand’s points came from Jiraporn Chaymon, who collected 26 points including 22 kills from 79 attempts.
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