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Quarterfinalists defined at FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship

Brazilian Lindomar celebrates big the five-set victory over Finland to move to the quarterfinals
Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico, July 3, 2013 – The FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship entered the final stretch with the quarterfinalists decided on Wednesday and the pre-tournament favorites still in contention for the title.

South American champions Brazil were forced to play five sets before winning the duel against a hard-nose Finland in Mexicali (25-20, 25-12, 29-31, 27-29, 15-12) while European vice champions Poland recovered on time to stop an eruption from the Turkey forces in the fourth set of their contest in Tijuana 26-24, 25-19, 25-27, 26-24.

"Finland played very well and put a lot of pressure on our block,” Brazilian coach Percy Oncken analyzed. “We played well in the first two sets but then they caught us with our guard down and raised their game.”

We knew Turkey was a tough opponent and it was confirmed tonight,” said Poland’s Weislaw Czaja. “We scored six consecutive points to win the fourth set which was outstanding.”

In the next round to be played on Friday after a rest and transfer day on July 4, Brazil clash with China, while the Poland take on France.

Cuba, the champions of NORCECA, continued their climbing of the ladder with a straight set victory over European bronze medalists 26-24, 25-21, 25-20 while European reigning kings Russia blanked United States 25-18, 25-16, 25-19.
“It was our worst match during the whole competition,” Cuba’s coach Rodolfo Sanchez stated. “We started very slow and then recovered but never reached our peak. We need to play a lot better if we want to succeed against Russia.”

Russian coach Alexander Karikov also had their next opponent in mind right after the end of the match against USA.

"We have to go step by step,” he said. “What is more important now is to think about our match against Cuba. The Americans have a great team and I am sure they will have a great future.”

Argentina, China and France won also in consecutive frames over Mexico (25-16, 25-14, 25-20), Chile (25-17, 25-20, 25-17) and Korea (25-23, 25-19, 25-17) respectively and Asian champions Iran needed four sets to outlast Egypt  25-14, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23. Now Argentina battle Iran.

“We played an excellent game from the serve and carried out our strategic plan,” Argentinean Julia Alvarez said. “We don’t have star players so we depend on team-work and playing skills.”

“I could see a very nervous Chilean teamin the first set and it impacted the rest of the match for them,” China’s Ju Genyin said.

“We had never played against an Asian team,” France coach Slimane Belmadi said. “It’s something new for us and we are very happy for the result.”

2013 Boys’ Under 19 World Championship Performances

Top Scoring Performances
33- Samuel Niyogisubizo of Rwanda v Finland (June 29)
31- Rodrigo Leal of Brazil v Finlandia (July 3)
28- Yuki Ishikawa of Japan v Turkey (June 28)
27- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Cuba (July 1)
26- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Turkey (June 29)
26- Douglas Souza of Brazil v Chile (July 3)
25- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Japan (June 27)
24- Luis Jimeno of Cuba v Chile (July 1)

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)
7- Henry Mederic of France v Korea (July 3)
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)
6- Mathew Walsh of United States v Korea (July 1)

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)
16- Cuba v Chile (July 1)
15- Iran v Finland (June 27)
15- Brazil v Finland (July 3)
15- Finland v Brazil (July 3)

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)
4 – Nicolas Lazo of Argentina v Turkey (July 1)
4 – Nicolas Lazo of Argentina v Mexico (July 3)
4 – Bartosz Bucko of Poland v Turkey (July 3)

Top Serving Performances by Team
12 – Poland v Turkey (July 3)
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)
27- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Cuba (July 1)
31- Rodrigo Leal of Brazil v Finlandia (July 3)

Highest Set Score
31-29 Finland v Brazil (3rd Set, July 3)
30-28 Mexico v Tunisia (1st Set, June 30)
29-27 Turkey v Cuba (2nd Set, June 27)
29-27 Finland v Brazil (4th Set, July 3)
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
224 – Brazil d Finland 3-2 (25-20, 25-12, 29-31, 27-29, 15-11) July 3
212 – Finland d Rwanda 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 16-25, 19-17) June 29
210 – United States d Korea (22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-25, 17-15) July 1
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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