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Japan outfox Turkey to reach semis, China continue perfect run

 
Japan's surprising performance saw them among the best four teams at the Women's U20 World Campionship
 

Brno, Czech Republic, June 26, 2013 – With Japan and China, Italy as well as Brazil, two Asian, a European and a South American team made it to the semi-finals of the 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Champs in Brno, Czech Republic. Led by incredible wing spiker Ting Zhu, world No. 1 China overpowered Russia in a three-set quarterfinal thriller and thus extended their perfect run at Women’s U20 World Champs to a 6-0 match and 18-0 set record.

 

World No. 2 Brazil got their sixth consecutive victory here in Brno as well. The South Americans proved too strong for Serbia (3-0). A bigger surprise was the straight-set win of Japan over 2011 girls’ youth world champions Turkey. Finally, Italy concluded Friday’s quarterfinal play with a remarkable straight-set win over unbeaten Dominican Republic.

 

Saturday’s semi-finals feature World No. 1 China taking on World No. 2 Brazil and Japan challenging titleholder Italy.

 

In the classification round for the places 9-16, Chinese Taipei opened the day with an easy 3-0 versus Algeria. The three other duels in the 9-16 bracket were highly contested: Peru overpowered Mexico 3-2 in an astonishing Latin America clash, host Czech Republic kept control of Egypt 3-2 before Bulgaria came from behind to run past Colombia (3-2).

 

On Saturday, the Czech Republic will face Chinese Taipei while Peru compete against Bulgaria for the battle of the fifth place.

 

Quarterfinals

 

Japan v Turkey 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-21)

Japan enter the semi-finals of the FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship thanks to their perfect 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-21) match against world No. 4 Turkey. The 0-3 loss crashes all the dreams of the Turkish team what was crowned world champion at 2011 FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship in Ankara.

Several mistakes in passing and attacking on the Turkish side allowed Japan to lead the first set: the Japanese team used their passive block and defence to build up their counterattack. Turkey played with some distress even in the second set, suffering the consistence of team Japan. Gökhan Edman’s squad was not that effective as in the past days in attack: the coach sent in almost all his players in order to book some more points. Two rallies decided the set and probably the whole match: a hard spike by Arisa Inoue (23-24) and an error by Turkey’s Seyma Ercan (23-25). Japan continued their run in the third set and never looked back.

Japan coach Yasuhiro Fukuda: It is unbelievable. We had a good defense today and we are now very happy to be among the best four teams in the world. 


Brazil v Serbia 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 26-24)

Brazil got their sixth consecutive victory at Women’s U20 World Champs by defeating Serbia 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 26 24) in Friday’s second semi-final.

The first set started with a 10-2 lead for Brazil. Serbia slowly woke up and came back to 21-22 score with an ace from Jelena Trnic. However, it was not enough. In the second set, the teams were still close at 11-11 but then again Brazil took the lead. At the end of the set, Dominga Soares Araujo shut the door in front of the Serbians (25-20).

A much more balanced third set saw the team of Ratko Pavlicevic fighting until the end. From 17-all, both team battled at the net for each point. Two blocks on Serbia Natasa Cikiriz gave the first match ball to Brazil, but Mina Popovic managed to draw level at 24-24. A serve mistake by Natasa Cikiriz offered Brazil the second match ball. Tijana Boskovic, best scorer of her team with 19 points, had the heavy duty to spike the last ball of the match – and failed.

Brazil captain Rosamaria Montibeller: We are very happy. We played with passion, hard and we did everything we could to make our dream come true: advancing to the semi-finals.

 

China v Russia 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 26-24)

Led by incredible wing spiker Ting Zhu (30 points!), China overpowered Russia in a three-set (25-21, 25-22, 26-24) quarterfinal thriller and thus extended their perfect run at 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Champs to a 6-0 match and 18-0 set record. It was an outstanding match between two top teams here in Brno, Czech Republic.

Megastar Ting Zhu smashed China to a hard-earned 25-21 in the first set. Zhu scored eight times in attack and two times on blocking. It was a wonderful match the two teams displayed. Amazing offensive combinations alternated with spectacular defense actions. Even though Russia played on a very high level, World No. 1 China were just too good today. After two sets, the Asians were up 25-21, 25-22. The team of coach Jiande Xu continued their run in the third and last set. Russia rallied until 24-24 but could not pull clear. The better risk management finally made the difference: Russia committed 15 mistakes, China 12. And for the rest China had Zhu.

China top scorer Zhu Ting: Today we played on higher level than in previous matches. That are good news. However, the semi-finals are not enough for us. We want to finish on the top of the podium.

 

Italy v Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-22)

Titleholder Italy confirmed themselves among the best four teams in the world by winning their quarterfinal duel in Kajot Arena 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-22) against the Dominican Republic. Italy showed their experience especially at the end of the sets. The “azzurre” kept calm and managed to overcome their younger opponents.

After the first set (25-18), Italy’s bad start (2-6) into the second set gave the Dominicans the chance for an early lead. However, Italy came back strongly and drew level quickly. The Caribbean did their best to push Italy to their limits, but the South Europeans were more effective, especially in blocking. Alessia Fiesoli entered for the last part of the set to score two important points. Elena Perinelli closed it out from zone 4 (25-20).

The Dominicans fought bravely until 20-20 in the third set. However, like in the previous sets, the Italians gained momentum at the end. Nicoletti’s ace ended the match in the titleholder’s favour.
Dominican Republic coach Roberto Rocha Wagner: Italy was too strong for us. We have a young team. The girls just turned 18. Now I hope we can win the other games.

 


Classification round 9-16

 

Chinese Taipei v Algeria 3-0 (25-7, 25-10, 25-13)

Chinese Taipei swept Algeria 3-0 in the first match of the classification round 9-16 at 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Champs on Friday afternoon. The Asians quickly found their groove in a 25-7, 25-10, 25-13 rush over the North Africans to start the second phase of the tournament impressively.

Ya Chen Tzu topped the scorers with 11 points for Chinese Taipei while Celia Bourihane contributed seven points for Algeria. Algeria committed 20 errors while Chinese Taipei only 11. It was a one-way game between the third-ranked team from Pool A and the fourth-ranked squad from Pool D.

Chinese Taipei coach Chung-Jen Lo: Today we played better than Algeria. However, we had to play with a good focus as Algeria is unpredictable.

 

Peru v Mexico 3-2 (25-16, 25-15, 17-25, 15-25, 15-12)

In the race for the ninth place, Peru blasted their way to a breath-taking 25-16, 25-15, 17-25, 15-25, 15-12 victory over Mexico. Peru’s top scorers Angela Leyva (24 points) and Milagros Rodriguez (16) led the South Americans to a hard-fought 3-2 win. Lizbeth Sainz scored 23 times for Mexico.

The key moment of the match came at 12-12 in the fifth set when Peru scored three points in a row to end the five-set thriller in their favour.
Peru coach Natalia Málaga Dibos: Our performance in the first and second set was great. Unfortunately, my team then stopped following my instructions. We need to learn to play under big pressure like today.

 

Czech Republic v Egypt 3-2 (25-13, 25-23, 24-26, 19-25, 15-12)

Supported by 2,000 fans, host Czech Republic won their match against Egypt in five set (25-13, 25-23, 24-26, 19-25, 15-12) to get a spot in Saturday’s classification matches for the ninth place.

The home team jumped out for a well-deserved 2-0 set lead. However, the North Africans gave a strong answer in the third and fourth set to move the thriller to the fifth set. The local heroines quickly took control of the deciding set and never looked back.
In the fifth set we started with the starting six again and for the first time it was Egypt to feel the pressure, said Czech Republic coach Ondrej Marek.

Bulgaria v Colombia 3-2 (7-25, 25-23, 11-25, 27-25, 15-11)

Bulgaria came from behind to defeat Colombia 7-25, 25-23, 11-25, 27-25, 15-11 in Friday’s last match of the classification round 9-16. Colombia led 2-1 and 11-6 in the fourth set but could not pull clear. Bulgaria showed remarkable fighting spirit to make a dazzling comeback.

Best scorers of tonight’s match were Mira Todorova for Bulgaria and Ivonne Daniela Montavo for Colombia with 21 points each. Despite of their supremacy in terms of points (109-85), the Colombians eventually suffered an indigestive 2-3 loss.

The key moment of the match came at 11-6 in the fourth set. At that time of the match, Colombia easily controlled the game with a 2-1 set lead and a five-point advantage. However, Mira Todorova hammered her team back on track to postpone the final decision about today’s winner into the fifth set. The Europeans quickly took command and never looked back (15-11).

Bulgaria captain Simona Dimitrova: This match was very difficult for us. My team did not start very well. Nevertheless, it was very important to keep a good spirit and bounce back.

 


Classification round 17-20

 

Puerto Rico v Nigeria 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-13)

Puerto Rico easily won against Nigeria (25-21, 25-18, 25-13) to get their first win of the tournament in the classification round 17-20.

Puerto Rico dominated the first set finding the main opposition in Mercy Promise, once again the leader for Nigeria with 7 kills, 1 block and 2 aces. In the second set Nigeria got advantage of some errors from Puerto Rico to stay close (7-7). The story of the match did not change in the second and the third set. Puerto Rico made the same numbers of errors but was much more effective in all fundamentals. Patricia Montero and Wilmarie Rivera (8 points each) spiked with a 50% of effectiveness.

Puerto Rico captain Marie Pilar Victoria: We trained very hard yesterday and played well today. It´s our first win, we are satisfied and I hope we’re going to win other matches too.

 

USA v Thailand 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-17, 25-22)

USA recovered from their modest pool campaign to beat Thailand 3-1 on Friday morning. The world No. 5 overcame Thailand 25-23, 23-25, 25-17, 25-22 to start the classification phase 17-20 in style. Thailand is still waiting for their first win at Women’s U20 World Champs. Best scorer of the match with 21 points was Alexandra Malloy for the United States of America. Merete Lutz added 20. Tanaporn Polrueng contributed 17 kills for Thailand.

It was a tough battle between World No. 5 USA and World No. 19 Thailand in the second match of the classification phase for the ranks 17-20. Even though Thailand bounced back in the second set, the US athletes eventually proved too strong for the Asians.

USA captain Jordan Burgess: We needed some time to adapt to the style of our contenders. Thailand played fast combinations. However, it was a good experience for us. Our middles did a great job today.

 

Results

No

Phase

Date

Local
Time

GMT
Time

Teams

Live Score
Result

City

Description

Press
Conf.

Stats

Photos

49

C17-20

28/06

10:00

08:00

PUR-NGR

3-0

Brno

View

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50

C17-20

28/06

10:30

08:30

THA-USA

1-3

Brno

View

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53

QF

28/06

12:30

10:30

TUR-JPN

0-3

Brno

View

View

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55

C9-16

28/06

12:45

10:45

TPE-ALG

3-0

Brno

View

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54

C9-16

28/06

15:00

13:00

MEX-PER

2-3

Brno

View

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56

QF

28/06

15:00

13:00

SRB-BRA

0-3

Brno

View

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51

QF

28/06

17:25

15:15

CHN-RUS

3-0

Brno

View

View

View

View

52

C9-16

28/06

17:30

15:30

CZE-EGY

3-2

Brno

View

View

View

View

57

C9-16

28/06

19:30

17:30

BUL-COL

3-2

Brno

View

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58

QF

28/06

20:20

18:00

ITA-DOM

3-0

Brno

View

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 Semi-finals

No

Teams

Date

Time

City

Hall

66

CHN-BRA

29-Jun

17:30

Brno

Kajot Arena

68

JPN-ITA

29-Jun

20:00

Brno

Kajot Arena

 

Classification 5-8

No

Teams

Date

Time

City

Hall

61

RUS-SRB

29-Jun

10:00

Brno

Kajot Arena

63

TUR-DOM

29-Jun

12:30

Brno

Kajot Arena

 

Classification 9-12

No

Teams

Date

Time

City

Hall

65

CZE-TPE

29-Jun

15:00

Brno

Kajot Arena

67

PER-BUL

29-Jun

19:30

Brno

SH Vodova

 

Classification 13-16

No

Teams

Date

Time

City

Hall

62

EGY-ALG

29-Jun

15:00

Brno

SH Vodova

64

MEX-COL

29-Jun

17:15

Brno

SH Vodova

 

Classification 17-20

No

Teams

Date

Time

City

Hall

59

PUR-THA

29-Jun

12:45

Brno

SH Vodova

60

NGR-USA

29-Jun

10:30

Brno

SH Vodova

69

USA-PUR

30-Jun

9:00

Brno

SH Vodova

70

THA-NGR

30-Jun

10:00

Brno

Kajot Arena

 

 

2013 Women’s Under 20 World Championship Performances

Top Scoring Performances

30 – Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez of Dominican Republic v Peru (June 23)

30 – Ting Zhu of China v Russia (June 28)

26 – Samantha Bricio of Mexico v Bulgaria (June 22)

25 – Angela Leyva of Peru v Chinese Taipei (June 21)

25 – Mercy Promise of Nigeria v Algeria (June 23)

24 – Ting Zhu of China v Japan (June 23)

24 – Tijana Boskovic of Serbia v Japan (June 24)

24 – Arisa Inoue of Japan v Serbia (June 24)

24 – Angela Leyva of Peru v Mexico (June 28)

 

Top Blocking Performances

9 – Valquiria Dullius of Brazil v Russia (June 24)

9 – Mina Popovic of Serbia v japan (June 24)

9 – Merete Lutz of USA v Thailand (June 28)

8 – Laura Melandri of Italy v Algeria (June 24) and Italy v Bulgaria (June 26)

7 – Lucie Herbockova of Czech Republic v Puerto Rico (June 21)

7 – Kubra Akman of Turkey v Italy (June 22) 30 – Ting Zhu of China v Russia (June 28)

7 – Mira Todorova of Bulgaria v Russia (June 23)

 

Top Blocking Performances by Team

22 – Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico (June 25)

22 – Dominican Republic v Chinese Taipei (June 24)

22 – Dominican Republic v Peru (June 23)

21 – USA v Thailand (June 28)

18 – Serbia v Thailand (June 25)

18 – Italy v Bulgaria (June 26)

18 – Dominican Republic v Colombia (June 26)

 

Top Serving Performances

7 – Klara Melicharova of Czech Republic v Egypt (June 28)

6 – Veronika Trnkova of Czech Republic v Chinese Taipei (June 25)

6 – Sara Bonifacio of Italy v Dominican Republic (June 28)

5 – Michaela Mlejnkova of Czech Republic v Puerto Rico (June 21)

5 – Elena Perinelli of Italy v Turkey (June 22) and Italy v Nigeria (June 25)

5 – Arisa Inoue of Japan v Serbia (June 24)

5 – Ivonne Daniela Montano of Colombia v Bulgaria (June 28)

 

Top Serving Performances by Team

16 – Czech Republic v Chinese Taipei (June 25)

15 – Czech Republic v Egypt (June 28)

14 – Egypt v Nigeria (June 22)

13 – Italy v Turkey (June 22)

12 – Puerto Rico v Dominican Republic (June 25)

12 – Turkey v Algeria (June 25)

 

Highest Scorers by day

30 – Ting Zhu of China v Russia (June 28)

21 – Gaila Lopez Gonzalez of Dominican Republic v Colombia (June 26)

21 – Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez of Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico (June 25)

24 – Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez of Dominican Republic v Chinese Taipei (June 24)

30 – Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez of Dominican Republic v Peru (June e 23)

26 – Samantha Bricio of Mexico v Bulgaria (June 22)

25 – Angela Leyva of Peru v Chinese Taipei (June 21)

 

Highest Set Score

Quarterfinals: Brazil v Serbia 26-24, China v Russia 26-24

Classification 9-16: 27-25 of Bulgaria v Colombia

Round of 16: Japan v Peru 27-25

Pool A: Dominican Republic v Peru 30-28

Pool C: USA v Mexico 29-27

Pool D: Italy v Turkey 26-24; Algeria v Nigeria 24-26

 

Highest Scoring Matches

Quarterfinals: Czech Republic v Egypt 3-2 (25-13, 25-23, 24-26, 19-25, 15-12) – 207 points

Pool A: Peru v Chinese Taipei 2-3 (25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 24-26, 16-18) – 223 points

Pool B: Serbia v Japan 3-2 (25-21, 25-21, 16-25, 21-25, 15-10) – 204 points

Pool C: Italy v Turkey 2-3 (25-21, 23-25, 21-25, 26-24, 9-15) – 214 points

 

 

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