Turkey defeat titleholder Italy to clinch their second win at U20 World Champs
In Pool A, Peru came back strongly to beat Puerto Rico 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20) in their second match at 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Champs. One set down, Peru replied with increased efficiency and a remarkable fighting spirit. Cold shower for host Czech Republic in Saturday’s second Pool A match: In their duel with the Dominican Republic, the team of coach Marek Ondrej suffered a setback. In front of 1,300 spectators, the Caribbean stormed to a spectacular straight-set win (25-13, 25-22, 25-20).
Mexico booked their first win in Brno by defeating Bulgaria 3-2 (22-25, 25-18, 16-25, 25-20, 15-11). Star of the match was Mexican Samantha Bricio becoming the first athlete of the tournament to mark 26 points in a single match. In the second match of Pool C, Brazil showed all their powerful volleyball at Vodova sports hall, beating USA 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-22) on their debut at the Women’s U20 World Championship.
In Pool B, Japan booked their second victory by sweeping Colombia in straight sets (25-18, 25-16, 25-17). The South Americans tried their best to hold Japan’s pace, but were unable to cope with the agility and speed the Asians displayed on Saturday afternoon. World No. 1 China left no doubt about their strength by beating Serbia in straight sets (25-20, 25-20, 25-16). Even though the East Europeans tried hard to push the Chinese to their limits, the team of coach Jiande Xu controlled all aspects of the game.
Peru v Puerto Rico 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20)
One set down, Peru came back strongly to beat Puerto Rico 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20) in their second match at 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Champs. After their 2-3 defeat on Friday against Chinese Taipei, Peru responded with increased efficiency and a remarkable fighting spirit.
The key moment of the match came in the middle of the third set when Puerto Rico led 14-10, but could not pull clear.
Pilar Victoria topped the scores with 22 points for Puerto Rico while Milagros Rodriguez was the best scorer for Peru with 15 points.
Peru could not hide their tension in the beginning of the first set after their unexpected 2-3 loss versus Chinese Taipei on Friday. Nevertheless, the team of coach Natalia Malaga came back muscularly in the second set with Milagros Rodriguez and captain Ginna Lopez on fire. A 14-10 lead was not good enough for Puerto Rico to pull through in the third set and Peru never looked back.
Peru captain Ginna Lopez: We were under pressure yesterday and unfortunately lost. Today, we needed strong nerves in the beginning of the match. Luckily, we increased our playing level during the game.
The Dominican Republic v The Czech Republic 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-20)
Cold shower for host Czech Republic: In their duel with the Dominican Republic, the team of coach Marek Ondrej suffered a setback. In front of 1,300 spectators, the Caribbean stormed to a spectacular straight-set win (25-13, 25-22, 25-20).
Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez led the Dominican Republic with 15 points while Pamela Marie Soriano Olivo contributed another nine points. For the Czech Republic, Michaela Mlejnkova compiled 13 kills.
The Dominican Republic jumped out for a perfect debut at 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Champs in Brno. In the first set, the model athletes from the Caribbean Islands rocked the Kajot Arena with a well-balanced offense play and great defence actions. The Czechs came closer in the second set (25-22), but could not prevent their opponents from a well-deserved 2-0 set lead. The Dominican Republic continued their run in the third set with Gaila Gonzalez Lopez closing it out at 25-20 with a powerful spike from the right side.
Dominican Republic coach Roberto Rocha Wagner: I am very satisfied with the result. However, our performance could have been better. It was our first game and that is never easy. I see still potential for improvements.
Japan v Colombia 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-20)
In their second match at 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship, Japan booked their second victory by sweeping Colombia in straight sets (25-18, 25-16, 25-17). The South Americans tried their best to hold Japan’s pace, but were unable to cope with the agility and speed the Asians displayed on Saturday afternoon.
Wing spikers Doi Sakura and Oda Momokaled led Japan with 13 points each while on Colombia’s side Danna Escobar booked 16 points for her team.
Right from the beginning of the match, Japan put a lot of pressure on the Colombian defence. The tall and athletic South Americans started slowly, but geared up towards the end of the first set. However, Japan proved too strong for the team of coach Mauro Marasciulo. The story of the match did not change in the second and third set with Japan sailing to their second win in Brno, Czech Republic.
Japan coach Yasuhiro Fukuda: We are happy with the second victory, but I am still not completely satisfied with the liaison between setter and middle blockers. It still needs to be improved.
China v Serbia 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-16)
World No. 1 China left no doubt about their strength by sweeping Serbia in straight sets (25-20, 25-20, 25-16). Even though the East Europeans tried hard to push the Chinese to their limits, the team of coach Jiande Xu controlled all aspects of the game.
Best scorer of the match was China’s Ting Zhu with 15 points while Tijana Boskovic booked 17 kills for Serbia.
Serbia showed their potentials with several remarkable combinations at the net, but could not hold the pace of World No. 1 China. The Asians were everywhere on the court and combined fast offense with outstanding block and defence skills. On the other hand, Serbia suffered several blackouts that cost them essential points. The plot of the game remained the same from the start to the end: China quickly took control of the sets by putting a lot of pressure on the Serbian players. After 71 minutes, Weiwei Li hammered the Mikasa down to make in 3-0 for China.
China captain Bei Wu confirmed that they finished the match very tired: We played for the first time in such a large hall what is not that easy. On the court, we looked very fresh, but now we aren’t.
Bulgaria v Mexico 2-3 (25-22, 18-25, 25-16, 20-25, 11-15)
Vodova arena opened its court on Saturday for the second day of Women’s U20 World Championship hosting Pool B match Bulgaria – Mexico. Mexico got their first victory in a 5-set match (25-22, 18-25, 25-16, 20-25, 11-15) with their star Samantha Bricio becoming the first athlete of the tournament to mark 26 points in a single match.
The former national team middle blocker Dimo Tonev, nowadays coach of Women’s Junior, changed his opposite player after the second set, switching Proletka Ivanova with Silvana Chausheva. That was a good move, but Mexico eventually had a very good fourth set.
The tiebreak started by an aggressive Mexico for a 7-2 steady advantage: a gap, which was impossible to solve for the Bulgarians. They tried at their utmost, spiking like hell, but Mexico’s fantastic start was enough to close the match with Bricio’s block (11-15) and get their first win here in Czech Republic.
Mexico captain Alejandra Isiordia: We are very happy now because yesterday we lost in five sets and today we won. It is very important for the next match. The team spirit before the next match will be better now. Our performance in the fifth set was of great importance because it decided the whole match.
Brazil v USA 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-22)
Brazil showed all their powerful volleyball on Saturday at Vodova hall, beating USA 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-22) on their debut at the U20 World Championship.
Brazil dominated the game. Alexandra Malloy reloaded her team’s cartridge case with outstanding spike to get a 12-all in the second set. However, her team could not maintain the Brazilian rhythm. Brazil controlled the net, especially with the amazing blocking skills of Valquíria (6 personal blocks).
USA decided again to raise their level in the third set, gaining a 13-9 lead, then losing their advantage and leading again 20-19, but small details at the net and a final ball out of bounds by Kelsey Humphreys (one of the best of her team) gave the final victory to the South Americans. A brilliant victory marked by Brazil, with captain Rosamaria Montibeller (15 points) and Sara Aparecida Silva (14) as best spikers and scorers.
Brazil coach Luizomar De Moura: Today’s match was a good start for us. We played with good rhythm. The first step is done, now we will think about the preparation for the next match.
Italy v Turkey 2-3 (25-21, 23-25, 21-25, 26-24, 9-15)
World Champions Italy made their official debut at the FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship on Saturday at Vodova hall, facing Turkey and losing the match 2-3 (25-21, 23-25, 21-25, 26-24, 9-15). Turkey captain Damla Cakiroglu celebrated her 19th birthday in the best way, achieving the second win in a row with her team.
Italy coach Davide Mazzanti trusted his starting six, changing only two players for some rallies. Edman Gökhan only decided for a different starting six in the third set, giving chances to Ezgi Dilik. With the Turkish very reactive in the third and fourth set, Italy had to sweat a lot to get to the fifth, driven by the spikes of Elena Perinelli (20 points at the end) and profiting by some nice attacks. The tie break was led by Italy by 2 points until a 7-all, then Turkey got the lead, with an alternate drop of heavy spikes and tips in the Italian court, eventually closing the set blocking Anna Nicoletti. Setter Akin Çagla set fine, having her teammate Kubra Akman as match best scorer with 23 kills.
Turkey captain Damla Cakiroglu: First of all this was a hard game for us. We prepared well but our blocks and attacks were not very good in the beginning. I am so happy to win this game because it was the most important match in the group. Italy is a strong team and I would like to congratulate them also. Today is my birthday and I want to thank my teammates for this present.
Egypt v Nigeria 3-0 (25-9, 25-18, 25-11)
The second African “derby” in Brno was played here at Vodova hall on Saturday: Egypt had an easy game against Nigeria, winning the match 3-0 (25-9, 25-18, 25-11) and leaving Nigeria at 0 points with two matches already played in Pool D.
Nigeria captain Mercy Promise tried to lead her team at her best, scoring 12 points with 10 spikes and two blocks. But that wasn’t enough, since Egypt only on serve scored 14 aces, which is the best team performance on serve so far in this tournament.
Egypt seemed much more skilled and prepared and kept full control of the game until the last point, with a very good performance of Aya Elshamy. They had the chance to close their second competition day here in Brno leading the provisional standing of Pool D with a perfect booty of 6 points.
Nigeria coach Sergey Ovechkin has clear thoughts about it: Our biggest problem is that we didn’t play many good friendly matches in our preparation last six weeks and this level of volleyball is much higher than ours.
2013 Women’s Under 20 World Championship Performances
Top Scoring Performances
26 – Samantha Bricio of Mexico v Bulgaria (June 22)
25 – Angela Leyva of Peru v Chinese Taipei (June 21)
23 – Kubra Akman of Turkey v Italy (June 22)
22 – I-Mei Hsu of Chinese Taipei v Peru (June 21)
22 – Pilar Marie Victoria of Puerto Rico v Peru (June 22)
21 – Mira Todorova of Bulgaria v Mexico (June 22)
Top Blocking Performances
7 – Lucie Herbockova of Czech Republic v Puerto Rico (June 21)
7 – Kubra Akman of Turkey v Italy (June 22)
6 – Mira Todorova of Bulgaria v USA (June 21)
6 – Valquiria Dullius of Brazil v USA (June 22)
5 – Irina Fetisova of Russia v Mexico (June 21)
5 – Farida El Askalany of Egypt v Algeria (June 21)
5 – Misaki Yamauchi of Japan v Thailand (June 21)
Top Blocking Performances by Team
17 - Puerto Rico v Peru (June 22)
14 – Bulgaria v Mexico (June 22)
13 – Egypt v Algeria (June 21)
12 – Serbia v Colombia (June 21)
11 – Peru v Chinese Taipei (June 21)
11 – Japan v Thailand (June 21)
Top Serving Performances
5 – Michaela Mlejnkova of Czech Republic v Puerto Rico (June 21)
5 – Elena Perinelli of Italy v Turkey (June 22)
4 – I-Mei Hsu of Chinese Taipei v Peru (June 21)
4 – Kubra Akman of Turkey v Italy (June 22)
4 – Aya Elshamy of Egypt v Nigeria (June 22)
Top Serving Performances by Team
14 – Egypt v Nigeria (June 22)
13 - Italy v Turkey (June 22)
11 – Czech Republic v Puerto Rico (June 21)
10 – Egypt v Algeria (June 21)
10 – Bulgaria v USA (June 21)
10 – Turkey v Italy (June 22)
Highest Scorers by day
26 – Samantha Bricio of Mexico v Bulgaria (June 22)
25 - Angela Leyva of Peru v Chinese Taipei (June 21)
Highest Set Score
Pool A: Peru v Chinese Taipei, 24-26; Puerto Rico v Peru 26-24
Pool C: Mexico v Russia, 26-24
Pool D: Italy v Turkey 26-24
Highest Scoring Matches
Pool A: Peru v Chinese Taipei 2-3 (25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 24-26, 16-18) – 223 points
Pool C: Italy v Turkey 2-3 (25-21, 23-25, 21-25, 26-24, 9-15) – 214 points