Brazil, Poland & Japan win opening matches at Girls' U18 World Champs
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 26, 2013 - Poland, Japan and Brazil finished ahead of the competition on day 1 of the 2013 Girls' Youth World Championship that got underway in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Friday. Poland and Japan claimed thrilling tie-break wins against Greece and China respectively, while Brazil won a tight match against the Dominicans.
Hosts Thailand (No. 9 in the FIVB World Rankings) flew past world No. 12 Egypt to take their first win 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19) in their opening pool C match at the Chatchai Gym on Friday.
Thailand dominated the match, in front 2,500 spectators, through their defence and the attacking strategy, which they applied using the defects in the Egyptian block. Jiraporn Chaymon led the top scorers for the Thai side with 29 points followed by team captain Patcharaporn Sittisad with 17 points. Sarah Hanfy led Egypt's scorers with 17 points followed by Haidy Kandel and Malak Badway with 8 points each.
Serbia beat Tunisia 3-0
World No. 7 Serbia opened their bid for the FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship title on Friday with a convincing 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-7) win in Pool A over world No. 24 Tunisia.
Bojana Milenkovic led the Serbian scorers with 13 points followed by Maja Aleksic with 12 points. Jihen Mohamed led Tunisia’s top scorers with seven points.
The Serbian team took to the courts making full use of their height dominance except during the second set when Tunisia improved their defense to bring the score to a 20-20 draw – the only one throughout the match.
Greece, ranked 33 in the world, attacked right from the opening whistle in the first set against world No. 6 Poland. With the 196cm-tall Anthi Vasilantonaki penetrating Poland’s defence with her aggressive spikes and Alexandra Champilomati carrying out powerful jump spikes, Greece took a comfortable set 25-20.
China, current world No.1 and runner-up at the previous world meet in Turkey two years ago, lost before their home fans to Japan in a showdown at the Asian Youth Girls Championship last year. They aimed high to make amends for that previous loss.
China, former three-time world champions, fielded a tall and towering line-up including the 199cm Yuan Xinyue and the 192cm Wang Yunlu in their tough opener against Asian winners Japan. The devastating cross-court spikes led by hard-attacking Miku Benoki and Kaori Mabashi gave Japan the 27-25 win in the close of the first set.
The Algerian team committed plenty of errors especially in reception and backline defence allowing their opponent to control the match.
Katja Mihalinec helped the winners with 13 points including a aces, while Sasa Zdovc and Ana Bernardi contributed seven and six points respectively. Algeria's Yasmine Abderrahim Nawal Hammouche managed to earn seven points for the defeated side.
Brazil beat Dominican Republic 3-1
Brazil overcame a sluggish start to beat the spirited Dominican Republic team 3-1 (15-25, 33-31, 25-8, 32-) in their opening Pool C match of the FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship at the Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima on Friday.
Laiza Ferreira led Brazil’s scorers with an impressive 17 points followed by opposite Lorenne Geraldo with 16 points. The Dominican Republic spiker, Natalia Martinez led the top scorers of the match with 22 points.
Peru’s win was largely down to powerful wing spiker, Angela Leyva. World No. 15 Mexico, whose height average is 180cm against the rivals' 176cm, hit back bravely. The 194cm-Ana Valle, the tallest player on the Mexico team, came out with fast spikes to help her country level the score at 5-5 and then again at 7-7.
Turkey’s Pelin Aroguz scored a match-high of 22 points, while Anna Nicoletti emerged as the top scorer for Italy after bagging 23 points.
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