Top eight settled for FIVB Volleyball Women's Junior World Championship Peru 2011
Lima, Peru, July 24, 2011 – The FIVB Volleyball Women’s Junior World Championship Peru 2011 first round concluded Sunday with matches in Lima and Trujillo deciding the final two slots into the top eight second round pools that are set for July 26-28. Italy and Belgium earned the final two spots into the top eight as Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, Peru, Slovakia and United States all guaranteed positions following Saturday’s matches.
In Pool A in Trujillo, host Peru (3-0, 9 points) captured the top spot by defeating Slovakia (2-1, 6 points) 25-21, 25-22, 25-20 in a battle of two undefeated teams. Tunisia (1-2, 3 points) earned their first-ever win in the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship with a 26-24, 25-22, 21-25, 20-25, 17-15 victory over continental rival Egypt, which was also seeking their first-ever win in the tournament. The match also was the highest scoring affair of the tournament with 220 total points scored.
In Pool B in Lima, Italy (2-1, 6 points) blanked Serbia (1-2, 3 points) 25-14, 25-15, 25-20 in a battle of teams needing a victory to advance to the top eight second round. Meanwhile, Brazil (3-0, 9 points) remained undefeated with a 25-13, 25-15, 25-21 victory over Cuba (0-3, 0 points).
In Pool C at Trujillo, United States (3-0, 9 points) defeated Korea (1-2, 2 points) 25-23, 25-14, 25-23 to go undefeated in the first round. Belgium (2-1, 6 points) claimed the group’s final spot into the top eight with a 20-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-16 come-from-behind win over Poland (0-3, 1 point), which needed a win and United States win over Korea to reach the final round.
In Pool D at Lima, China (3-0, 9 points) defeated Dominican Republic (2-1, 6 points) 25-23, 25-21, 25-23 to finish atop the group without a loss. In the concluding first-round match in Lima, Russia (1-2, 3 points) won their first match of the tournament with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-19 victory over Japan (0-3, 0 points).
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Italy 3, Serbia 0
The top scorers of the match for Italy were Valentina Diouf with 17 points, next to Caterina Bosetti with 14 points and Chiara Scarabelli with 13 points. The top scorers for Serbia were Ana Bjelica with 11 points, next to Jovana Stevanovic with six points. Italy out-blocked Serbia 9-4 and benefited from 20 errors by Serbia.
“It was a very important match and we played very focused," Italy captain Chiara Scarabelli said. "If we keep playing this way, we have a lot of expectations about this tournament.”
Belgium 3, Poland 1
Van Hecke scored 42 percent of her team’s 96 points as Sarah Coppens added 14. Poland received points from all players except their libero in a balanced offense outside Czyznielewska.
"I’m very proud of my team, they are an united team, healthy team, a strong team and they gave their best on the blocks and the spiking," Belgium coach Julien Van De Vyver said.
Peru 3, Slovakia 0
Peru’s Clarivett Yllescas totaled a match-high 16 points, while Brenda Uribe added 11 points and Raffaella Camet totaled 10 points. Nikola Radosova led Slovakia with 12 points, including four aces. However, Peru held a 12-8 advantage in aces as both Uribe and Yllescas served four winners.
“Three matches in a row, obviously we are very happy,” Peru coach Natalia Malaga said. “We trained really hard to get where we are now: among the top eight. The Peruvian crowd for us is like another player on the court.” In regards to Pool E, she added “I think that USA might be the greatest challenge.”
United States 3, Korea 0
Haley Eckerman paced the Americans with 16 points, while Kelly Reeves added 14 points. The United States, ranked second in the FIVB youth and junior world rankings, held a 10-2 block advantage and 10-7 margin in aces during the match. Korea was led by Eun-Ji Choi’s 11 points, while Ji-Soo Kim contributed nine points.
“We prepared very well knowing that Korea was such a strong team,” United States coach Robert Browning said. “The pool in which we were placed in was quite a difficult one. We are lucky to finish in first place.”
China 3, Dominican Republic 0
Qi Wang led China with 17 points and Zhou Yang added 15 points. Teammate Yanchi Pi contributed 13 points. Dominican Republic was led by Elizabeth Martinez’s 13 points, while Candida Arias had five blocks as part of a 12-point effort. Dominican Republic held a 9-6 advantage in blocks, but China produced a 50-39 advantage in spikes.
“The victory was very difficult, but we deserved it,” Yang Zhou said.
Brazil 3, Cuba 0
The top scorers of Brazil were Samara Almeida and Gabriela Souza with 14 points each; while Sthefanie Paulino and Marjorie Correa scored eight points each. The top scorer of Cuba was Sulian Matienzo with 12 points, next to Regla Gracia González with 11 points. Brazil held a 14-3 margin in blocks while Cuba also committed 24 errors to stop momentum.
"Winning the first place in this difficult pool is really important for us. Our goal is to get into the top four teams of this championship,” Brazil coach Luizomar de Moura said.
Russia 3, Japan 0
The top scorer for Russia was Natalia Malykh with 12 points and teammates Yana Manzyuk and Valeriya Safonova with 11 points each. For Japan, the top scorer was Azusa Futami with 12 points, next to Mirei Sasaki with 11 points. Russia held a commanding 23-3 block advantage over their smaller opponent as Safonova compiled seven blocks and six different Russians had at least one block.
“I am happy because of the victory,” Russia captain Alina Yaroshik said. “It is a pity that we could not be on top four."
Tunisia 3, Egypt 2
Ghalia Ouderni and Feriel Dridi held matching 19 points for Tunisia, while teammate Maroua Boughanmi added 17 points. Egypt was led by Yasmin Hussein’s match-high 22 points, while Aya Elshamy added 13 points. Egypt held a 16-9 advantage in aces and outscored Tunisia 111-109 in the highest scoring match of the tournament.
“I think that both teams have the same level, we were nervous at the beginning,” Tunisia coach Slim Ben Kaid said. "We tried to stay the longest in the match and our players and I had good luck.”
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