The favourites advance to the quarterfinals at Women’s U20 World Champs
Brno, Czech Republic, June 26, 2013 – The favourites of the 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship made the first step towards a successful World Champs campaign. In Wednesday’s round of 16, the best teams from pool play advanced to the quarterfinals. Except from Peru (0-3 versus Japan), the first and second ranked teams from each pool proved too strong for their challengers.
Serbia opened the round of 16 with an undisputed straight-set win over Chinese Taipei. 2011 Girls’ U18 world champions Turkey followed suite with a quite easy 3-0 triumph against Mexico.
World No. 18 Russia enter the quarterfinals after a 3-0 win against Egypt, the same as titleholder Italy who came from behind to overpower Bulgaria 3-1 in Wednesday’s third match at Vodova sports hall.
World No. 1 China fended off a spirited challenge from host Czech Republic on Wednesday to continue their unbeaten run at the 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship. Brazil (3-0 versus Algeria) and the Dominican Republic (3-1 against Colombia) made their home works as well as they both claimed their fifth consecutive win here in Brno.
Japan is the only third ranked team from pool play that made it to the quarterfinals. The Asians overcame Peru in straight sets. The key moment of the match came at the end of the second set when Japan bounced back valiantly to outfox Peru in extremis.
Round of 16
Serbia v Chinese Taipei 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-20)
Serbia eased past Chinese Taipei 25-15, 25-18, 25-20 in Wednesday’s first round of 16 match at Kajot Arena. The Asians did their best to push Serbia to their limits but could not cope with the athletic skills and precision the Serbian athletes displayed.
Tijana Boskovic led the way for Serbia with 16 points – the 191 centimetres Boskovic was a dominant force, scoring 13 points on attack alone, while Mina Popovic added 14 points. Captain Wei-Hua Wu finished with nine points for Chinese Taipei.
Serbia coach Ratko Pavlicevic: I am pleased that we have maintained a constant performance until the end of the match. We have played against all the Asian teams. It was tough, we had to adapt to their game.
Turkey v Mexico 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-23)
The opening match of the sixth competition day at Vodova hall saw Turkey defeating Mexico in straight sets (25-14, 25-20, 25-23) to advance to the quarterfinals.
Even though the Central Americans did their best to push Turkey to their limits in the third set (23-23), Turkey did not allow more: a quick attack from Kubra Akman and a block by Ceyda Aktas sent Mexico to the classification matches 9-16.
Japan v Peru 3-0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-19)
Japan overcame Peru 25-20, 27-25, 25-19 in Wednesday’s second round of 16’s match at Brno’s Kajot Arena, advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Champs. The key moment of the match came at the end of the second set when Japan came from behind to outfox the team of Peru coach Natalia Malaga in extremis.
Japan captain Momoka Oda led her team with 16 points in the match while Angela Leyva was Peru’s highest scorer with 15 points. Japan will challenge Turkey in Friday’s quarterfinal. Peru continue their 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Champs campaign in the classification round for rank 9-16.
Russia v Egypt 3-0 (25-14, 26-24, 25-13)
It was not a difficult match and we relaxed too much during the game. Maybe this is one of the reasons for our blackout in the second set.
China v Czech Republic 3-0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-17)
World No. 1 China fended off a spirited challenge from host Czech Republic on Wednesday to continue their unbeaten run at the 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship in Brno. With a 25-22, 25-13, 25-17 victory, the Asians qualify for Friday’s quarterfinal versus Russia.
China’s top scorer was once again outside hitter Ting Zhu with 13 spike winners and 2 block kills while Michaela Mlejnkova was the most efficient player for the Czechs with 11 points.
Italy v Bulgaria 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-16)
Italy booked their ticket for the quarterfinal with a 3-1 win (23-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-16) over Bulgaria.
Bulgaria took immediately the lead of the match by winning the first set 25-23. Best player at that time was Gergana Dimitrova (4/7 in attack, 1 block and 1 ace). As from the second set, Italy started on a faster rhythm, with Miriam Fatime Sylla as leading actor. The titleholder improved their level in all aspects of the game and never looked back. 18 block winners and some clever back row attacks were two of the reasons for Italy’s 3-1 triumph on Wednesday afternoon.
Dominican Republic v Colombia 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17)
The Dominican Republic booked their fifth consecutive win at 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Champs by defeating Colombia 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17) in Wednesday’s last round of 16 match. One set down, the Caribbean came from behind to get their ticket for Friday’s quarterfinals. The Dominicans will take on Italy in the round of the best eight teams.
Brazil v Algeria 3-0 (25-10, 25-11, 25-13)
Brazil easily got rid of Algeria (3-0: 25-10, 25-11, 25-13) to qualify for quarterfinal. This was the last match played in Vodova for the round of 16 on Wednesday. Brazil coach Luizomar De Moura decided to test the strength of his athletes usually on the bench: obviously, apart from the libero Dani Guimaraes Terra, the only player who could act as a libero.
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