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Poland pick up third victory at FIVB Boys’ U19

Poland's Bartosz Bucko hopes his team continues playing at a high level for theor next match against Belgium to complete pool play
Tijuana & Mexicali, Mexico, June 29, 2013 – Poland claimed their third victory, Russia produced another exhibition of intimidating power, Chile continued their impressive run and Finland finally were able to win a five-setter in their third attempt as five of the eight matches of Day Three at the FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship went to the maximum of sets.

The much awaited duel between the vice champions of Europe and Asia didn’t disappoint those who attended the match between Poland and China played at noon at the Baja California High Performance Center as they were able to admire the potential of the future stars of the game.

The Poles took the first two sets of the contest only to see the stubborn Chinese climbing back into the game to tie the score. A long tie-breaker followed and at the end it was the team of Poland who came up with the victory 25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 13-25, 18-16.

Polish Alexander Sliwka and Rafal Szymura recorded 21 and 20 points while middle blocker Zhang Zheiha had 21 and seven blocks for China.

“I am very happy for this win and I think this is the first time we can play our game,” Poland’s captain Bartosz Bucko said. “I only hope we can keep this level for the match against Belgium, one I think we are going to win.”

Russia demolished France in straight sets playing almost perfectly for three sets 25-16, 25-17, 25-13 for their second victory in as many days.

“We had the experience of playing against France two months ago at the European Championship and our goal was to stop their No.16 (Henry Mederic),” Russia captain Victor Poletaev said. “We decided to locate our serves so they couldn’t organize their attack.”

Chile claimed its second victory in the competition prevailing in five sets against Turkey 22-25, 25-19, 25-17, 18-25, 15-12 and relying on the offensive contributions of Dusan Bonacic who registered 26 points.

"We want to show Chilean volleyball to the world,” Bonacic said. “This has been an amazing opportunity to do so.”

Finland survived scary moments before winning in five sets 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 16-25, 19-17 over Rwanda and the 33 points scored by Samuel Niyogisubizo.

“It was as tough match as anybody can ever see,” Finland’s coach Pertti Honkanen said. “They served the hardest floating serves I’ve ever seen but I am happy for my guys.”

In the rest of the matches, Argentina defeated Japan, Korea beat Algeria and Brazil saw off Egypt all in three sets while Belgium closed the activities with a five-set victory over hosts Mexico.

2013 Boys’ Under 19 World Championship Performances

Top Scoring Performances
33- Samuel Niyogisubizo of Rwanda v Finland (June 29)
28- Yuki Ishikawa of Japan v Turkey (June 28)
26- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Turkey (June 29)
25- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Japan (June 27)
23- Mohammad Javad of Iran v Finland (June 27)
23- Yaisin Aydin of Turkey v Japan (June 28)

Top Blocking Performances
8- Emre Savas of Turkey v Japan (June 28)
8- Henry Mederic of France v Finland (June 28)
8- Douglas Bastos of Brazil v Egypt (June 29)
7- Zhang Zhejia of China v Poland (June 29)
6- Maxim Troynin of Russia v Iran (June 28)
6- Elias Ndagano of Rwanda v Finland (June 29)

Top Blocking Performances by Team

23- Turkey v Japan (June 28)
19- Russia v Iran (June 28)
17- Mexico v Belgium (June 29)
16- France v Finland (June 28)
16- China v Poland (June 29)
15- Iran v Finland (June 27)

Top Serving Performances

5 – Nicolas Szerszen of France v Rwanda (June 27)
4 – Akbar Valaei of Iran v Finland (June 27)
4 – Samuli Kaislasalo of Finland v Iran (June 27)
4 – Lowie Stuer of Belgium v Tunisia (June 28)

Top Serving Performances by Team
11 – Belgium v Tunisia (June 28)
09 – France v Rwanda (June 27)
08 – Iran v Finland (June 27)
08 – Brazil v United States (June 28)

Highest Scorers by day
25- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Japan (June 27)
28- Yuki Ishikawa of Japan v Turkey (June 28)
33- Samuel Niyogisubizo of Rwanda v Finland (June 29)

Highest Set Score
29-27 Turkey v Cuba (2nd Set, June 27)
28-26 Egypt v Algeria (1st Set, June 28)
27-25 Finland v Iran (4th Set, June 27)

Highest Scoring Matches
228 – Japan d Turkey 3-2 (24-26, 24-26. 25-17, 26-24, 19-17) June 28
212 – Finland d Rwanda 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 16-25, 19-17) June 29
209 – Poland d China 3-2 (25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 13-25, 18-16) June 29
204 – Iran d Finland 3-2 (25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 25-27, 15-8) June 27
203 – Chile d Turkey 3-2 (22-25, 25-19, 25-17, 18-25, 15-12) June 29


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