Semifinalists determined at Girls' U18 World Championship in Thailand
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, August 2, 2013 – World No. 10 Peru have reached their first semifinal of the FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship in 20 years, along with world No. 1 China, No. 2 Brazil and No. 5 USA, following a thrilling quarterfinal show at the Chatchai and Lipatapanlop halls in Nakhon Ratshasima on Friday.
Brazil will face the USA and China will play against Peru in the semifinal showpiece on Saturday.
Out of the qualifiers, Peru came as the biggest surprise after they upset favourites Serbia after a marathon tiebreaker 3-2 (16-25, 25-22, 25-19, 21-25, 15-8) in 125 minutes.
Brazil defeated Japan easily in straight sets (25-23, 25-22, 25-22), while China rebounded bravely from two sets behind to upset the spirited Dominicans 3-2 (22-25, 20-25, 25-11, 25-22, 15-6). The USA flew past Poland in a fast paced match (25-22, 25-20, 26-24).
Italy, Chinese Taipei, Turkey and Greece will take
part in the classification matches for 9th to 16th place while Egypt, Puerto
Rico, Thailand and Slovenia will place for 13th to 16th place in the
Peru claim a historic win over
Peru are now semifinalists for the first time since
1993 and will face World No. 1 China for the second time in their history. Serbia
will meet the Dominican Republic for matches deciding 9th to 16th place in the
China claim historic victory against fighting Dominicans
China’s Xinyue Yuan, the second tallest player in the competition (199 cm), took world No. 1 China to a historic victory over world No. 8 Dominican Republic led by the tallest player in the competition Elizabeth Martinez (200 cm). China took the match 3-2 (22-25, 20-25, 25-11, 25-22, 15-6) after 106 minutes of excellent performance at Chatchi Hall.
China qualified for the semifinal of the competition for the second time in row and the fifth in their history, while Dominican Republic will play in the matches to decide 5th to 8th positions.
After losing the first and second sets, China returned to their style using their quick attacks. Center Xinyue Yuan scored 22 points for her team which included five successful blocks. She also scored the crucial points in the fourth set that turned the situation completely for China.
Brazil through to semifinals with Japan victory
World No. 2 Brazil beat Asian giants Japan ranked ninth in the world with a well worked victory 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-22) at Chatchi Hall.
Hot favourites Brazil have now qualified for the semifinal, while Japan play in the matches to determine the 5th to 8th places in the competition.
Brazil improved their total competition win-loss ratio to 5-1, while Japan dropped to 4-2.
Brazil’s center Laiza Ferreira, showed he marvellous blocking gaining 6 points from killing blocks out of her tally of 13 points. She prevented the Japanese from using their dominance in attacks through the center of the net.
Strong opposite spiker Lorenne Geraldo also did a good job of sending her sharp hits from position two beside her blocking role as she won 3 blocks out of 10 points. Japan's captain and opposite Miku Benoki was her team and match scorer with 14 points.
USA into semis as Poland's dream
run comes to a close
The victory means USA will play Brazil for the second time in the semifinal, having met once before in the Pool C stage. Poland will place in the matches to determine the 5th to 8th positions alongside Japan.
The USA won 15 successful blocks during the match, five of which were made by Audriana Fitzmorris (197 cm tall) who had the match’s best blocking performance which included five ace services, against the nine blocks and six aces from the Polish side.
Alexa Smith was the USA's best scorer with 13 points followed by Mikaela Foecke with 11. Poland’s three players Malgorzata Smieszek, Kornelia Moskwa and Kornelia and Magdalena Damaske scored 10 points each.
Taipei power past battling Puerto
In the tie-breaker, Taipei took control of the match. With the Taipei’s fast attack hits led by Chang Chih Hsuan and Tseng Wan Ling, Taipei proved too much for Puerto Rico who lost the final set 8-15.
Chang Chih Hsuan topscored with 22 points which included 21 deadly attacks, while Patricia Montero led Puerto Rico with 27 points.
Reigning champions Turkey prove
their class above Thailand
Turkey, which captured the historic world title on home soil in 2011 following a fantastic final showdown triumph over China, could not go the distance this year as they were beaten by the Dominican Republic in the knock-out playoff. They will now play in the matches to determine the 9th to 16th places in the tournament.
Pelin Aroguz emerged as the top scorer for Turkey with 16 points including 13 kills from 33 attempts, while Jiraporn Chaymon led Thailand with only nine points, all of them earned through her attacks.
Powerhouses Italy struggle to
beat gallant Egypt
Egypt, who registered one win in this Championship following a convincing 3-0 win over Tunisia in their group stage, came out much stronger this time.
Elisa Zanette emerged as the top scorer of Italy with 14 points including 11 kills from 34 determined attempts. Rahma Almohandes led Egypt with eight points, all of them from her attacks.
Greece outplay Slovenia
In this match, Olga Strantzali emerged as the top scorer for Greece with 25 points including 18 kills from 41 attempts, while Ela Pintar from Slovenia led her side with 13 points. She led the team with her spikes scoring nine points just as Lana Scuka did, but Pintar fared better in blocking allowing her to claim four points.
With the dramatic win, Greece now move on to compete in the 9th-12th place playoffs, while Slovenia were relegated to the 13th-16th playoffs.
Argentina outclass Tunisia
Elina Rodriguez led Argentina with 15 points including 11 kills from 23 attempts. Sol Piccolo assisted with 11 attacks. Emna Khalfa scored a match-high of 14 points, 13 of them through unchallenged attacks, for Tunisia.
Mexico overpower Algeria
Results Day 7
Day 8 Programme
Classification 17-20 | Round robin
2013 Girls' U18 World Championship Performances
Top Scoring Performances
Top Blocking Performances
Highest Scorers by day
Highest Set Score
Highest Scoring Matches
2013 Girls’ U18 World