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Third victory for Turkey at Men's U21 as favourites Russia and Serbia continue winning ways

 
Russia's Victor Poletaev was one of the day 3 stars, here against French Soane Falafala and Gael Tranchot Blocks in Pool D in Izmir
 

 Ankara, Turkey, August 24, 2013 – Host Turkey became the first team at FIVB Men's U 21 World championship to secure a second round (Round of 16) ticket following their third victory in row over Egypt at Baskent Hall in Ankara, while heavy favourites Russia and Serbia go for second win in their second games at Ataturk Hall in Izmir on Saturday.

 Among the 20 participating teams, Turkey became the only team to have a win- loss ratio of 3-0 without dropping a set to cheer the home crowd and proove themselves as a big Tournament's contenders. Now the hosts in Pool A beside Iran (B), Serbia (C) and France (D) led their corresponding pools and stay with Canada and Russia as undefeated teams except France.

 Russia overwhelmed France in the day's most highlighted match in style 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-18) to proove their consistency as big candidates.

Russia coach Mikhail Nikolaev was pleased to win in style. “We played very well. We are strong and well balanced team. We had to win the match and my players did their best. I’m happy with the result. They won the match as a step for the big victory in this tournament.“

On the other hand France coach Stephane Faure was expecting a hard face off against the Russian towers. “We followed up Russian team yesterday. So we knew this game would be difficult. They are strong team. We tried to our best in service and reception, but we couldn't.

Pool B have become the only between the 4 preliminary pool having no winless team to be the most complicated in terms of second round qualifications.

 Although Serbia kept their record (with Turkey) as the only winners without dropping any set following a straight sets victory over resurgent Tunisia, their coach Sinisa Reljic wasn't happy with the performance during the match.  "This is our worst game in the last three months," said Serbia coach.

"When we make analysis we will see the reason for that. Before the game I said to my players that it is dangerous to think that game will be easy. This is a World Championship. We have to play %100 in every game. Tunisia played very well in the second and third sets. Then we had serious problem in reception."

 The competition will be resumed with 8 matches in the fourth day of the preliminary round on Sunday.

Pool A

India v Morocco 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-11)
 
 India earned their tournament's first victory in Pool A match at Baskent Volleyball Hall in Ankara. The Asian squad managed to outplay Morocco 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-11) in 100 minutes of play time.
 
Morocco took advantage of the many unforced errors that India committed in the first set to take the edge.  However, it was Morocco’s team that made abundant mistakes in the following three sets to give the victory away to the opponents.
 
Anup D’Costa topped the scorers’ chart of the match with 22 points for the winning team.  Zouhair El Graoui was Morocco’s most productive player with 19 points.  His team-mate Mehdi Walid added an impressive 6 kill blocks to his tally of the game.
 
 “We had a good start of the match, but we were tired because of the game we played yesterday. We had to win this match to finish our pool among the top four teams. We have no chance now.” Morocco coach Brahim Bouchdouk said.
 
Turkey v Egypt 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-13)
 
Turkey have once again pleased the home crowd at Baskent Volleyball Hall in Ankara.  The local heroes claimed their third straight-set win as they shut out Egypt by 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-13).
 
Turkey survived very tough first two sets, in each of which Egypt was in the lead most of the time, but then the home side edged out by only 2 points in the end.  Set three was no contest as the North African side seemed to have lost the faith that they could be successful in this game.  Shortly before the end a ball hit Turkey’s captain Baturalp Burak Gungor in the face and he had to sit out the rest of the match.
 
Metin Toy’s 11 points for Turkey put him on the top of the scorers’ chart of the match.  Mostafa Abdelrahman tallied 8 points to become Egypt’s most prolific player in the game.
 
 “We are very happy. We continue our winning streak. My players are like warriors. They fight really well on the court and never give up. I am proud of them.” Turkey's coach Umit Hizal said

on the other hand Egypt's coach Gaber Abouzeid commented: “This was a very high-quality match. We were not lucky in the first two sets. The little mistakes made the score this way. We played a five-set match yesterday. We were tired and stressed. We are sorry we lost.”
 
Pool B

Japan v Argentina 0-3 (26-28, 20-25, 26-28)
 
After Friday’s loss to Iran, Argentina recovered in style to earn their first victory against Japan in straight sets (28-26, 25-20, 28-26).
 
In sets one and three Japan were the first to arrive at set point, but Argentine persevered to win them by 28-26 each.  In set two the South Americans showed some fantastic blocking in the end to break away for the win.  Argentina’s Gonzalo Lapera provided for an exciting finish of the match with a brilliant ace for the last point.
 
Pablo Koukartsev became the best scorer of the match as he tallied up 18 points for Argentina.  Yuki Ishikawa, with 13 points, was Japan’s most prolific player.
 
Fernando Arpajou, captain of Argentina: “This was a match of two teams that are close to each other in strength. We did what our coach told us to do in all sets and managed to win the match.”
 
Mexico v Estonia 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 17-25, 29-27)
 
Mexico was the last Pool B team without a victory before their game with Estonia on Saturday afternoon, However, this is no longer the case as the NORCECA side defeated their European opponents by 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 17-25, 29-27) at Baskent Hall in Ankara.
 
Mexico played better than Estonia in the first two sets and the European team prevailed in the third.  The fourth set was by far the most interesting one with a rollercoaster ending.  The North Americans were the ones that got off the ride victorious after 29-27.
 
Renee Teppan scored 18 points for Estonia to become the game’s top scorer.  Ivan Molano Rueda was the best scorer for Mexico with 16 points. The winning team’s strongest weapon was the block as it contributed 13 points to the victory.
 
Pool C

Serbia v Tunisia 3-0 (25-17, 27-25, 26-24)

Serbia without their resting big gun Uros Kovacevic outclassed fighting Tunisia in a tough straight setter (25-17, 27-25, 26-24) in Pool C match at Ataturk Hall in Izmir. Tunisia led in both the second and third sets before they lost the crucial points for small mistakes.

 Mihajlo Stankovic led Serbia's scorers with 17 points, while Tunisia's center who played as an outside hitter to replace injured captain Ousama Mrika was the best from his side.

 Although Serbian coach gave rest to some players like the captain senior team promising star Uros Kovacevic, Serbia controlled the net action in the first set and widely led throughout the set through the efficient spikes of outside hitter Milan Katic and opposite Drazen Luburic to win the set comfortably 25-17.

 Tunisia came back aggressively at the beginning of the second and third sets as they led steadily through their proper reception and backline defence, but finaaly they lost both sets due to small mistakes.

Canada v Rwanda 3-0 (25-17, 27-25, 25-22)
 
 Canada fought hardly to beat the up and coming Rwanda 3-0 (25-17, 27-25, 25-22) in Pool C match of in Izmir. Now Canada improved their win- loss ratio to 2-0, while Rwanda dropped to 0-3 and still seeking first win.

 Stephen Maar led Canada's scorers with 13 points, while as Rwanda's captain Aimable Mutuyimana was the match scorer with 18 points. 

 Canada dominated the first set through their better blocking activity against the Rwandan attacks and using the powerful hits sent from Jayson Mccarthy and Stephen Maar to win 25-17. Second set featured a lot of improvement in Rwandan performance with their attacking weapon Aimable Mutuyimana practicing is well known sharp hits from position 4 and from the backline to lead regularly throughout the set till they led 24-21 losing 4 set points before Canada came back from behind to win 27-25. Again Rwanda had the lead in the third set and was resistant to continue ahead till the draw 22-22, when again the players committed several mistakes to lose the crucial points as Canada won 3-0. 

Pool D

Russia v France 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-18)
 
 Russia continued their winning way after they proved too good for France 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-18) in Pool D match in Izmir.

 Russia played a relaxed and trustable game after they succeeded to defeat Brazil in their thrilling match yesterday and keep the strategy of using the middle blockers Ivan Demakov and Ilyas Kurkaev in their defensive action beside their role in the quick attack.

 After Russia won the first set, France tried to come back in the second set through improving their block and defence against the heavy Russian attacks, but again Russia changed the strategy using the wing spikers specially the opposite Victor Poletaev in position 2. Russia went easily to win the third set with the least effort they can after most of the French players lost their motivations.

 Russia's Poletaev was the match best scorer with 16 points including 3 killing blocks and 2 ace services. He was followed by the middle blocker Ivan Demakov who scored 12. France captain Trevor Clevenot was his side best scorer with 15 points including 2 stuff blocks.

Italy v Venezuela 3-0  (25-15, 25-16, 27-25)
 
 Italy finally found the winning way after they secured first victory against winless Venezuela 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 27-25) in Pool D at Ataturk Hall in Izmir.

 After losing to Brazil and France, Italy improved their tournament win- loss ratio to 1-2, while Venezuela, playing their second match, dropped to 0-2.

 Italy depended on their wing spikers specially the opposite Luigi Randazzo from position 2 beside the captain Edoardo Picco in position 3 to score most of the points beside improving their defence than the past matches.

 Italy started the match aggressively seeking first win and thus they went easily to win both first and second sets with a wide point deficit 25-15, 25-16. Less experienced Venezuela extracted all the power in the third set specially using their big weapon Roberth Abreu who succeeded to penetrate the solid Italian block and keep them near throughout the set till the draw 25-25, when Italy again used the powerful service to settle the most difficult set to their side 27-25. 

Day 3 Results

No

Phase

Date

Local
Time

GMT
Time

Teams

Live Score
Result

City

Description

Press
Conf.

Stats

Photos

17

B

24/08

12:00

09:00

JPN-ARG

0-3

Ankara

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18

C

24/08

12:00

09:00

TUN-SRB

0-3

Izmir

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View

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19

A

24/08

14:30

11:30

IND-MAR

3-1

Ankara

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View

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20

C

24/08

14:30

11:30

CAN-RWA

3-0

Izmir

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21

B

24/08

17:00

14:00

MEX-EST

3-1

Ankara

View

View

View

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22

D

24/08

17:00

14:00

FRA-RUS

0-3

Izmir

View

View

View

View

23

A

24/08

19:40

16:00

TUR-EGY

3-0

Ankara

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View

View

View

24

D

24/08

19:30

16:30

VEN-ITA

0-3

Izmir

View

View

View

View

 

 

Standings

Pool A

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

TUR

Turkey

9

3

3

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

MAX

227

177

1.282

2

CHN

China

4

2

1

1

1

 

 

1

 

 

5

3

1.667

184

165

1.115

3

IND

India

3

2

1

1

 

1

 

 

 

1

3

4

0.750

149

153

0.974

4

EGY

Egypt

2

2

1

1

 

 

1

 

 

1

3

5

0.600

164

185

0.886

5

MAR

Morocco

 

3

 

3

 

 

 

 

1

2

1

9

0.111

206

250

0.824

 

Pool B

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

IRI

Iran

6

2

2

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

6

1

6.000

172

132

1.303

2

JPN

Japan

4

3

1

2

 

1

 

1

 

1

5

7

0.714

283

278

1.018

3

ARG

Argentina

3

2

1

1

1

 

 

 

 

1

3

3

1.000

138

147

0.939

4

MEX

Mexico

3

2

1

1

 

1

 

 

1

 

4

4

1.000

181

195

0.928

5

EST

Estonia

2

3

1

2

 

 

1

 

2

 

5

8

0.625

280

302

0.927

 

Pool C

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

SRB

Serbia

6

2

2

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

MAX

153

129

1.186

2

CAN

Canada

6

2

2

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

6

1

6.000

179

141

1.270

3

USA

USA

3

2

1

1

 

1

 

 

 

1

3

4

0.750

165

147

1.122

4

TUN

Tunisia

3

3

1

2

1

 

 

 

1

1

4

6

0.667

218

225

0.969

5

RWA

Rwanda

 

3

 

3

 

 

 

 

1

2

1

9

0.111

181

254

0.713

 

Pool D

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

FRA

France

6

3

2

1

2

 

 

 

 

1

6

3

2.000

208

192

1.083

2

RUS

Russia

5

2

2

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

6

2

3.000

185

158

1.171

3

BRA

Brazil

4

2

1

1

1

 

 

1

 

 

5

3

1.667

186

187

0.995

4

ITA

Italy

3

3

1

2

1

 

 

 

 

2

3

6

0.500

212

216

0.981

5

VEN

Venezuela

 

2

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

6

 

115

153

0.752

 

2013 Men's U21 World Championship Performances

Top Scoring Performances
28 – Victor Poletaev of Russia v Brazil (August 23)
26 – Yan Tingwei of China v Egypt (August 23)
23 – Mohamed Masoud of Egypt v China (August 23)
22 – D'Costa Anup of India v Morocco (August 24)
21 – Alan Souza of Brazil v Russia (August 23)
21 – Zouhair El Graoui of Morocco v China (August 22)
20 – Luigi  Randazzo of Italy v Brazil (August 22)

Top Blocking Performances
6 – Diamantini Enrico of Italy v Venezuela (August 24)
6 – Walid Mehdi of Morocco v India (August 24)
6 – Takuya Takahashi of Japan v Estonia (August 23)
6 – Elyes Garfi of Tunisia v Rwanda (August 23)
5 – Ilyas Kurkaev of Russia v Brazil (August 23)
5 – Flavio Gualberto of Brazil v Russia (August 23)
5 – Mohamed Masoud of Egypt v China (August 23)
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
17 – Italy v Venezuela (August 24)
15 – Russia v Brazil (August 23)
15 – Brazil v Russia (August 23)
13 – Mexico v Estonia (August 24)
13 – China v Egypt (August 23)
12 – Egypt v China (August 23)
12 – Japan v Estonia (August 23)
12 – Tunisia v Rwanda (August 23)
12 – Canada v Tunisia (August 22)
12 – Turkey v India (August 22)
11 – Russia v France (August 24)
11 – Argintina v Japan (August 24)
11 – Estonia v Iran (August 22)

Top Serving Performances
6 – Victor Poletaev of Russia v Brazil (August 23)
5 – Carlos ESilva of Brazil v Italy (August 22)
5 – Hosseinabadi Javad of Iran v Estonia (August 22)

Top Serving Performances by Team
12 – Russia v Brazil (August 23)
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)
Day 2: Victor Poletaev of Russia v Brazil 28 (August 23)
Day 3: D'Costa Anup of India v Morocco 22 (August 24)

Highest Set Score
Pool A: Turkey v Morocco , 26-24
Pool B: Japan V Mexico , Japan v Estonia , 29-27
Pool C: Tunisia v Canada , 29-27 - Rwanda v USA 29-27
Pool D: Brazil v Italy, 35-33
 
Highest Scoring Matches
Day 1: Japan v Mexico , 3-1 (23-25, 29-27, 25-17, 25-16) – 187 points
Day 2: Estonia v Japan , 3-2 (27-29, 25-23, 19-25, 26-24, 15-8) – 221 Points
Day 3: Mexico v Estonia , 3-1 (25-22, 25-19,17-25, 29-27) – 189 Points

2013 Men’s U21 World Championship page 
2013 Men’s U21 World Championship Live Scorebox 
2013 Men’s U21 World Championship Schedule 
FIVB World Rankings 

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