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2001 Girls' Youth World Championship - Match Reports

Semifinals (1st to 4th)

Brazil beat Poland 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22) - duration 1:45
29-Sep, start time: 18:00, end time: 19:45 - Attendance: 300
Brazil beats Poland by 3:1
Brazil beats Poland by 3:1
Brazil Repeats The Story From Two Years Ago
Poland starts very concentrated the first set and takes it with 25:22. In the second set the score was tight until 18:18 when Brazil takes a lead and finishes the set on their behalf. Poland continues to fight, builds its game mainly through middle attacker very successfully. However, at the beginning of the third set, Polish first setter twistes her ankle and needs to be substituted. Suddenly, Polish play changed and there was no way they could stop very tempered and organized Brazilian players until the end of this set. In the fourth set Polish team takes a lead and has four points of advantage on the score 12:8. Brazilian setter brings confusion to Polish blockers, and destroys their defense. Brazil wins set, match and goes to the final as two years ago in the Girls' Youth World Championship in Madeira (Portugal). According to statistics, Brazil made 43,37% in reception, and Poland only 10,47%, while all other performances were about the same, so Europeans lost mainly due to their skills in reception.

China beat Italy 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 25-16, 25-15) - duration 1:43
29-Sep, start time: 20:00, end time: 21:43 - Attendance: 600
Italy lost by China 1:3
Italy lost by China 1:3
China Wins Confidently
From the beginning of the match China was ahead for three points. Italy comes the closest on the score 22:24 but is already too late, and China gets a first set. Second set won Italy without problems with a good defense and with a terrific fast attack on the middle of the net. Enrica Rocca, the Italian setter did a wonderful job organizing the play in this set, keeping their game at a very high level. After the second set, Jiang Wei starts jump-serving tough what brings disorder and misunderstanding to Italian reception and ruins their entire play to the last point.

Semifinals (5th to 8th)

Russia beat Dominican Rep. 3-1 (30-28, 23-25, 25-18, 25-19) - duration 1:40
29-Sep, start time: 13:00, end time: 14:40 - Attendance: 50
Russia won Dominican Republic by 3:1
Russia won Dominican Republic by 3:1
Match Full Of Mistakes
Exactly a week ago this two teams met in a first match of a preliminary round. The result was the same, Russia won 3:1. Today, in the first set Dominican Republic had four set balls, but Russia gets the set after their second set ball. Second set starts with Russian team ahead until the score 20:15 when Dominican Republic takes 8 points in a row and a set. Russia easily won the third and the fourth set. This match was full of mistakes on both sides of the court. For example, Dominican Republic lost 44 point by their errors what makes almost two sets, while Russian girls had 27 mistakes (out of which 15 were missed serves).
Japan beat Chinese Taipei 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-20) - duration 1:09
29-Sep, start time: 15:13, end time: 16:22 - Attendance: 60
Chinese Taipei defeated by Japan 0:3
Chinese Taipei defeated by Japan 0:3
Defending Champion Plays For The Fifth Place
Both Asian teams gave their 100% in this match, but the short team from Chinese Taipei couldn't stop Kana Oyama, Japanese best hitter. She won 13 points. Also, Chinese Taipei had 11 more errors than Japanese team, what is the main reason of their loss.