Brazil take first victory on U21 World Champs opening day
Hosts Iran entertained their supporters with an easy straight sets victory over India to enhance their hopes for a second round ticket.
The thrilling opening also featured a first win for USA, Japan and France over Rwanda, Mexico and Venezuela, while China, Iran and Canada were also victorious on their first day of competition.
“We are happy to beat such a strong team in the opening," said Brazil coach Leonardo Carvalho after the match of the day victory.
“We are happy to win 3-0 against the European powerhouses. Italy is strong team; the first match is always difficult. Our concentration must be better for the next matches. I believe we will play better volleyball in the coming matches."
On the other hand Turkey coach Umit Hızal was happy to satisfy the home crowd. “We did not expect to win this match that easily. We thought that India would be tougher, but they were not,” he said.
Japan v Mexico 3-1 (23-25, 29-27, 25-17, 25-16)
Mexico took the lead at the beginning of the first set, but Japan gradually caught up to level the score and prompt a dramatic point-for-point battle over the following several rallies. In the conclusive moments of the set, the emotional Mexicans edged out their opponents with more successful blocking efforts and a block-out by Irving Gonzalez that closed it off at 25-23.
The second set was also very tight. Good blocking and digging on both sides produced some long rallies for spectator enjoyment. After several switches in the lead, a kill block by substitute player Tsubasa Hisahara well into overtime put an end to the set at 29-27.
The third was relatively one-sided. Japan stepped up their blocking and offence to pile up a solid advantage and win it by 25-17, despite a great performance by Gonzalez on the other side of the net. Gaining more and more confidence, the Japanese rushed into the next set with an impressive 8-0 run on a successful serving streak by Kentaro Takahashi. Mexico’s efforts to fight back did not pay off and the team from Asia engaged in one of their unique celebrations upon winning by 25-16 to end the match.
Irving Gonzalez tallied 17 points for Mexico to become the best scorer of the match. Team-mate Roberto Rincon added 16 (4 blocks).
Turkey v India 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-17)
The home team completely outplayed their opponents in the first set and left no doubt about their intentions in this tournament. With better performance in all elements of the game the Turkish team took the first set with a convincing 25-16 win. Their domination continued through the second set. They seemed eager to please the audience with some smart plays on the court and it paid off with a 25-17 score at the end of the set. In the third set India stepped up their efforts to unveil some of their potential and managed to at least stay close behind their opponents in the score for a while. However, a tremendous blocking performance by the local heroes gave them the comfort to secure a straight-set victory as they increased the pressure in the conclusive moments to rush to another 25-17 at the end of the set.
The Turkish team managed to tally up a total of 12 kill blocks in the three sets of the game. Metin Toy contributed 16 points to his team’s success to top the scorers’ chart of the match. Substitute Kumar Sohan was the best scorer on the Indian side with 7 points.
Iran v Estonia 3-1 (22-25, 25-11, 25-17, 25-22)
Estonia’s great blocking efforts helped the team take control at the beginning and at the end of the first set in spite of several aces that Iran managed to score to come from behind and maintain a lead through the middle part. The 25-22 outcome of the first set in favour of Estonia prompted an immediate reaction from the Asian team. The Iranians established complete domination on court and closed the second set off at 25-11. The exceptional serving performance of Iran, particularly by captain Javad Hosseinabadi, continued as the team broke away in the third set. The European team tried to fight back and almost caught up in the score, but their excessive unforced error in the conclusive moments enabled their opponents to win it by 25-17. A fierce battle between Iran’s continual attacks and Estonia’s fantastic blocks marked the beginning of the fourth set. The team around coach Urmas Tali gained an edge, but could not hold on to it. Once again, too many mistakes in their play allowed Iran to achieve an incredible run towards the final 25-22.
Iran’s Javad Hosseinabadi and Estonia’s Renee Tepan became the top scorers of the match with 19 points each. The winning team’s strong weapon, the serve, brought them an impressive 10 direct points towards the victory, while Estonia managed to score 11 points on block.
China v Morocco 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-21)
China took advantage of the many mistakes made by Morocco in the first set to establish control of the scoreboard and gradually move to a final score of 25-21. Thanks to some excellent serving, the African team rushed into the second set with a 4-0 advantage, but it did not last long. China’s powerful blocks not only brought the team from behind, but also helped them break away in the score. A fast attack by Zhen Qin (CHN) shaped up the final 25-19 in his team’s favour. With a whole-hearted fight for every ball, the Moroccans were able to keep up with China’s pace through the second technical time-out of the third set, but then the Asians managed to stay more focused on court to gain advantage. In the last rally of the match Tingwei Yan (CHN) reaffirmed his team’s great performance in offence by finding the empty spot on the opposite side of the net with a brilliant hit for the final 25-21.
Morocco’s captain Zouhair El Graoui topped the scorers’ chart of the match with 18 points. Tingwei Yan with 12 points and Zhen Qin with 11 points were China’s most prolific players in this game. The winning team’s strongest weapon was the block. It contributed 10 points to the victory, nicely spread out among all Chinese players.
USA v Rwanda 3-1 (25-11, 25-18, 27-29, 25-14)
USA opened their campaign with a wide victory against new comers Rwanda 3-1 (25-11, 25-18, 27-29, 25-14) in their pool C.
Thomas Jaeschke led USA scorers with 19 points scored including four blocks followed by Benjamin Patch who contributed 15 points for his team. Rwanda's Captain Aimable Mutuyimana led his team scorers with 16 points.
The main technical difference between the opponents was the reception, which caused a lot of problems for the Rwandan team and allowed USA to use their service to win the first set widely 25-11. However the Rwandan team improved their reception relatively in the second set, but USA continued to use their spike service as well as their big weapons in attack Thomas Jaeschke and Benjamin Patch in attacks to win the second but harder set, 25-18.
The third set was another picture as the Rwandan team fought hardly for each ball and started to use the proper setting to captain Aimable Mutuyimana who extracted all the power and scored the crucial points for his team to win the third set 29-27 after a great fight. Again USA used the spike service to disturb the Rwandans to win the fourth set 25-14 and the match 3-1.
Canada v Tunisia 3-1 (25-15, 25-15, 27-29, 25-18)
Explosive Canada tore through Tunisia's defence to stun African champions 3-1 (25-15, 25-15, 27-29, 25-18) in their Pool C.
Scoring 12 aces against only two for Tunisia, Canada used their razor sharp services to disturb the Tunisian defence and stop their attacking strategy. Canada also dominated with their blocking activity at the net winning 12 stuff blocks against only four for the Tunisians and these technical statistics made the difference and settled the situation for the winners.
Canada's attacker Timothy Stephen was his team’s best scorer with 15 points followed by Robert Bradley who scored 14 points. From the Tunisian side Both Adam Oueslati and Elyes Garfi contributed 14 points for their team.
Brazil v Italy 3-0 (25-21, 35-33, 25-23)
World No. 5 in the Junior and Youth rankings, Brazil overpowered No. 26, Italy in a gruelling match 3-0 (25-21, 35-33, 25-23) to open their Pool D campaign victorious.
Brazil's outside hitter Alan Souza led his team scoring 18 points including two blocks and one ace service. Italian opposite spiker Luigi Randazzo scored an impressive 20 points to come as match scorer from his side.
Brazil started using their unstoppable sharp spike services, which put pressure on the Italians. Brazil led throughout the set till they won 25-21. The second set was the most exciting with the Italian big gun Luigi Randazzo sending his sharp hits from all the net positions as they lost six set points before Brazil rebounded and kept the rhythm to win the marathon set 35-33.
The Italian team again committed frequent mistakes in the third set, while Brazil was more motivated to continue their lead until they won the set 25-23 after a great fight from the Italians.
France v Venezuela 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-18)
France started their way with a wide victory against Venezuela in straight sets 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-18) in their pool D match of the FIVB Men's U21 World Championship at Ataturk Hall in Izmir, Turkey on Thursday.
France started the match aggressively and succeeded to have the start fever thorough their concentrated attacks and the proper service. France led 7 to 3 in stuff blocking, and 4-0 in serve aces.
France super attacking power Julien Winkelmuller scored 17 points for his team, while Jose Martinez contributed 10 for Venezuela as his team’s best scorer.
After a great start France was ahead 25-17 in the first set. However, Venezuela played their best in attacks during the second set using Martinez to penetrate the solid French block as they led many times but France succeeded to win the crucial points to win narrowly 26-24. Again France regained their dominance in the third set to win widely with a score of 25-18 with Winkelmuller in the driving seat.
Day 1 Results
2013 Men's U21 World Championship Performances
Top Scoring Performances
21 – Zouhair El Graoui of Morocco v China (August 22)
20 – Luigi Randazzo of Italy v Brazil (August 22)
19 – Renee Teppan of Estonia v Iran (August 22)
19 – Hosseinabadi Javad of Iran v Estonia (August 22)
19 – Thomas Jaeschke of USA v Rwanda (August 22)
Top Blocking Performances
4 – Jose Martinez of Mexico v Japan (August 22)
4 – Takuya Takahashi of Japan v Mexico (August 22)
4 – Roberto Rincon of Mexico v Japan (August 22)
4 – John Blair Goranson of Canada v Tunisia (August 22)
4 – Thomas Jaeschke of USA v Rwanda (August 22)
Top Blocking Performances by Team
12 – Canada v Tunisia (August 22)
12 – Turkey v India (August 22)
11 – Estonia v Iran (August 22)
10 – USA v Rwanda (August 22)
10 – China v Morocco (August 22)
10 – Japan v Mexico (August 22)
Top Serving Performances
5 – Carlos ESilva of Brazil v Italy (June 1)
5 – Hosseinabadi Javad of Iran v Estonia (June 14)
Top Serving Performances by Team
12 – Canada v Tunisia (August 22)
10 - USA v Rwanda (August 22)
10 - Iran v Estonia (August 22)
Highest Scorer by Day
Day 1: Zouhair El Graoui of Morocco 21 (v China) (August 22)
Highest Set Score
Pool A: China v Morocco, 25-21
Pool B: Japan V Mexico, 29-27
Pool C: Tunisia v Canada, 29-27 - Rwanda v USA 29-27
Pool D: Brazil v Italy, 35-33