World No. 5 USA book first win at Women’s U20 World Champs
Brno, Czech Republic, June 23, 2013 – World No. 5 USA booked their first victory at 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic. The United States of America defeated Mexico 3-1 in Monday’s much-awaited Norceca duel. Brazil (3-0 record) continued their winning streak by overpowering Russia 3-1 in the second Pool C derby.
Host Czech Republic could not benefit from the help of the 2,850 fans cheering for the local heroines. World No. 10 Peru took advantage of Czech Republic’s 34 unforced errors to clinch a straight-set win in Pool A on Monday evening. In the second Pool A clash, the Dominican Republic continued their run at Women’s U20 World Champs with their third consecutive win. The Caribbean team overpowered Chinese Taipei 3-2.
In Pool B, China romped past Thailand 3-0 on Monday for their third consecutive straight-set win, while Thailand lost all their three matches at the tournament so far. In the second Pool B match, Serbia got to fight till the end with a gritty Japan (3-2).
Titleholders Italy made short work of their opponents from Algeria in Pool D. The “Azzurre” only needed 56 minutes to outclass the North Africans 3-0. Turkey followed suit by sweeping Egypt in straight sets. The team of head coach Gökhan Edman improve its win-loss ratio to 3-0 and remains, as China and Brazil do, unbeaten at 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship.
Dominican Republic v Chinese Taipei (19-25, 25-23, 25-19, 24-26, 15-8)
The Dominican Republic continue their run at 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Champs with their third consecutive win. They overpowered Chinese Taipei 19-25, 25-23, 25-19, 24-26, 15-8 in Tuesday’s first Pool A duel. The Caribbean improve their win-loss ratio to 3-0 while the Asians suffered their first defeat (2-1).
22 Dominican block winners to seven from Chinese Taipei were one of the reasons for the Dominican Republic’s win. Both teams committed many unforced errors (Dominican Republic 32, Chinese Taipei 33). Best scorer of the match was Dominican Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez with 24 points.
Dominican Republic coach Roberto Rocha Wagner: I know about the strength and ability of my players. Today, I saw some good volleyball of them. We did not lose one point but won two.
Peru v Czech Republic 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-15)
Veronika Trnkova topped the scorers with 13 points for the Czech Republic while Milagros Rodriguez was the best scorer for Peru with 11 points.
China v Thailand 3-0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-16)
China romped past Thailand 3-0 here on Monday for their third consecutive straight-set win at 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship, while Thailand lost all their three matches at the tournament so far.
Following thrilling victories over Serbia and Japan, World No. 1 China continued to show their consistency in the 25-15, 25-10, 25-16 sweep of Thailand.
Ting Zhu scored 17 points for China to lead the game while Ning Wang added 11. Tanaporn Polrueng led the Thailand team with seven points.
China coach Jiande Xu: We controlled Thailand from A to Z and dominated all aspects of the game. In the beginning of the third set, we shortly lost concentration, but that is normal.
Serbia v Japan 3-2 (25-21, 25-21, 16-25, 21-25, 15-10)
Best scorers of the match were Japan’s Arisa Inoue and Serbia’s Tijana Boskovic with 24 points each. Serbia had 17 block winners while Japan scored 11 times from the service line.
Serbia jumped out for a comfortable 2-0 set lead with captain Bianka Busa on fire (12 points). However, the team of Japan coach Yasuhiro Fukuda did not give up. Led by outstanding libera Manami Kojima, the Asians displayed remarkable defence skills. In the fifth set, Serbia kept cool with an incredible 9-0 run from 0-2 to 9-2 and never looked back.
Japan finish the first round with a 2-2 record while Serbia continue their campaign on Tuesday versus Thailand.
USA v Mexico 3-1 (29-27, 19-25, 27-25, 25-22)
The Norceca challenge between USA and Mexico saw the victory of US team in a 4-set match (29-27, 19-25, 27-25, 25-22). Mexico had a great start, dominated the second set, but Estanislao Vachino’s team lost all their push while the opponents rose their volleyball through the match.
USA captain Jordan Burgess: Our play today was much better than in the last matches. Our team fought together very well and I am very happy with this. We also felt the support of our fans. They were challenging us and getting us excited.
Brazil v Russia 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 20-25, 25-19)
Brazil played almost a perfect match against Russia, winning 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 20-25, 25-19) and showing a classy volleyball to lead Pool C with full points. Probably the real power of Russia was only performed in the third set, when Svetlana Safronova’s team strengthen their attacks avoiding the Brazilian digs.
No doubts about Valquiria Dullius being one of main protagonist of the match in Vodova arena. The Brazilian middle-blocker confirmed herself as one of the best in her role at this World Championship; showing amazing talent in both read and commit blocks.
Brazil coach Luizomar De Moura: The win against Russia means a lot to us. I am very satisfied with the play of my team at this championship. We are still getting better. It is very important for us to clinch the first place in our group.
Italy v Algeria 3-0 (25-12, 25-9, 25-9)
The second match at Vodova hall on Monday was one of the fastest game of the whole World Championship. World Champions Italy had no problems at all against Algeria, an opponent who proudly attempt until the very last ball to slow down the Europeans’ charge. The 3-0 win (25-12, 25-9, 25-9) raises the position of "Azzurre", with 7 point in the standings of Pool D.
The numbers of points scored by the Italian middle-blocker Laura Melandri (18) shows clearly Italy’s domain: her setters Giulia Carraro and Chiara Scacchetti could easily manage the passing from their receivers’ line, offering her precious balls at the net. Algeria Celia Bourihane was among the best of her team, eventually being the best scorer with a small loot of 5 points.
Italy coach Davide Mazzanti: It was not easy for us to play a good match after yesterday’s troubles. Anyway, today we played well, so we are more than happy.
Turkey v Egypt 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-13)
Team Egypt lost the provisional leader of Pool D on Monday, when they met Turkey: the team coached by Gökahn Edman won the match in straight set (25-12, 25-12, 25-13) to conquer the peak of Pool D, just one point ahead the runner up Italy.
After a great start in the competition, when they beat Algeria and Nigeria in straight sets, the team captained by Farida El Askalany fell against the more experienced Turkey. With Turkey having piled up 22 errors at the end of the match, in fact Egypt achieved only 15 points by direct hits . Aya Elshamy was the best scorer, having 5 attack points with a 25% of positive hits. Among the Turkey squad, Ece Hocaglu scored 16 points as the best of her team, but the nomination for good blocking goes to Asli Kalac (4 blocks out of 5 attempts).
Egypt captain Farida El Askalany at the end praises the quality of the opponents: Turkey is very good team. We played three matches in a row and we didn’t prepare ourselves before this match very good.
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