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Russia secure top place in Pool C of Boys’ U19

Russian coach Alexander Karikov did some experiments before capturing a top position in Pool C
Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico, June 30, 2013 – European champions Russia achieved a much anticipated victory against Rwanda to become the first team with a lock on a top pool position at the FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship. 

Coach Alexander Karikov rotated players, toyed around experimenting with setter Pavel Pankov as opposite, and at the end came up with a 25-13, 25-18, 25-16 triumph attained in just 67 minutes.

Already with nine points resulting from three straight-set victories, the Russians have established an insurmountable gap with only one day to play in the preliminary round. 

“Today I changed number 11, our setter (Pankov) to play as an opposite because I think that will be his position in the future,” Karikov said. “I did that thinking about his future as a player.”

In the other match of Pool C, Iran crushed France in straight sets (25-20, 25-18, 25-15) and now go after Rwanda to guarantee a second place in the standings.

“Today that’s the Iranian team on the court,” the coach Iraj Mozaffari said. “
“We dedicate this victory to the fathers and mothers of the players of our players who have not seen each other for fifteen days.”

Brazil also have nine points in Pool D from three matches but Korea, with 6 points, still have mathematical options in case of a combination of factors.

The South American super power play against Algeria to complete the preliminary phase while the Koreans face the United States needing a 3-0 win combined with a 3-0 loss of Brazil, to decide the first place by the points-ratio.

“I hope in the future teams from Brazil can defend like Korea did today,” commented the coach Percy Oncken after the 25-22, 25-16, 25-23 victory on Sunday. “We had to keep the pressure on services and blocks.”

In the same Pool D, Egypt concluded their preliminary round with a 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-16, 25-17) victory over United States.

In Pool A, China collected three points from their 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-21) victory over Belgium and has a total of 7 points behind Poland’s 8, who next meet Belgium while the Asian vice champions go against winless Tunisia.

“We performed at a normal level, nothing extraordinary, and well organized,” the Chinese captain Yu Yaochen said. “I hope we can do better”.

Argentina increased their point-total to eight by winning the battle with Chile 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-21) between unbeaten teams in Pool B. The Argentineans are atop of the group with a 3-0 mark and play Turkey (5, 2-1) on Monday.

“I am very convinced that we could give more,” Argentina’s coach Julian Alvarez said, “but Chile has shown big progress since their classification.”

In the last two matches of Sunday, Mexico defeated Tunisia in four sets (30-28, 25-17, 23-25, 25-18) in Pool A while Cuba beat Japan 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-20) in Pool B.

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)
6- Douglas Bastos of Brazil v Korea (June 30)

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)
22- Brian Melgarejo of Argentina v Chile (June 30)

Highest Set Score
30-28 Mexico v Tunisia (1st Set, June 30)
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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