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It is Europe against Asia in Boys’ U19 semifinals

 
Russian Dmitry Volkov let the emotions to flow after the win over Cuba and the ticket to the semifinals
 
Tijuana, Mexico, July 5, 2013 – The champions and vice champions of Asia and Europe are the semifinalists of the 2013 FIVB Boys’  U19 World Championship as the teams of Iran, Russia, China and Poland advanced to the penultimate phase of the competition following their victories on Saturday at the Baja California High Performance Center in Tijuana.

Asian monarchs Iran take on European kings Russia in one of the semis while the second features the battle of runners-up between China and Poland.

Iran punched their semifinal ticket with a 3-1 victory over Argentina 23-25, 25-20, 29-27, 25-23 while Russia overcame Cuba in four sets 23-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-22.

“Our serves were the difference to start everything for us and it is our best technique,” Iran Coach Iraj Mozaffari stated. “It is very difficult to coach at this level because some days the teams play very high and some other very low.”

Russian Coach Alexander Karikov was cautious when was asked about the clash with Iran, and preferred to talk about the potential of Cuban players.

“I am going to take one game at a time and tomorrow will be another day,” Karikov said. “I like the team of Cuba. They have many players with very distinguished future.”

China prevailed in the long battle of the first set against Brazil and ended up winning their match 34-32, 25-16, 25-22, while Poland scored a 25-19, 25-19, 25-22 win over France.

“I am very satisfied with the result, China Coach Ju Genyin said. “Brazil is a very strong team and I am very glad to have played against them. Our team played with confidence and we made the right things to win.”

“We are going to play a difficult match against China in the semifinals but we are prepared for it,” Poland Coach Weislaw Czaja said after the game. “Our goal is to win one of the medals.”

In the matches for the 9-16 positions, Egypt, Belgium and Finland claimed four-set victories over Mexico, United States and Chile while Korea blanked Turkey.

Egypt topped Mexico 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 29-27, Belgium overcame United States 23-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-16, Finland subdued Chile 25-23, 12-25, 25-19, 25-23 and Korea beat Turkey 25-23, 25-17, 25-22.

Now Egypt meet Belgium and Finland play Chile for the 9-12 positions while Mexico battle United States and Chile face Turkey for the 13-16 places.

In the round robin for the 17-20 positions, Tunisia (1-1) defeated Algeria (1-1) in four sets (25-15, 25-18, 19-25, 25-19) while Japan (2-0) beat Rwanda (0-2) in consecutive frames 25-10, 25-20, 25-14.

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)
6- Ktata Mahdi of Tunisia v Algeria (July 5)
6- Zhang Zhejia of China v Brazil (July 5)
6- Karri Kutinlahti of Finland v Chile (July 5)

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)
16- Finland v Chile (July 5)

Top Serving Performances
6 – Pavel Pankov of Russia v Cuba (July 5)
5 – Nicolas Szerszen of France v Rwanda (June 27)
5 – Ahmed Belmabrouk of Tunisia v Algeria (July 5)
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)
09 – Japan v Rwanda (July 5)
09 – Russia v Cuba (July 5)
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)
22- Miro Maattanen of Finland v Chile (July 5)
22- Mohamed Shehabeldeen of Egypt v Mexico (July 5)

Highest Set Score
34-32 China v Brazil (1st Set, July 5)
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)
29-27 Iran v Argentina (3rd Set, July 5)
29-27 Egypt v Mexico (4th Set, July 5)

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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