Italy pip Serbia as quarterfinal line up completed at Men's U21
Ankara, Turkey, August 28, 2013 – The four teams coming from preliminary Pool D Russia, Brazil, France and Italy made their way to the quarterfinals of the FIVB Men's U21 World Championship along with two teams from Pool A Turkey and India and two from Pool B Iran and Argentina making the line up of the quarterfinal of the competition scheduled to be held in Ankara on Friday.
On Wednesday, giants Italy and France fought for two hours each against favourites Serbia and mighty Canada to make their way to the quarters after ground breaking tiebreakers in Izmir, while Brazil took over resistant USA after a tough face off. Russia had to overcome early spirited Tunisian in an easier match.
Hosts Turkey and Iran continued their superb action as they easily continued their run of five matches without defeat against Egypt and Japan respectively in Ankara to be the only teams to achieve that. Argentina and India were promoted to the quarterfinals after they were too good for China and Japan.
Thursday will feature the start of the classification 17 to 20th round robin tournament where Morocco meet Estonia and Venezuela face Rwanda in Izmir, while the second round teams will take a rest before the start of the quarterfinal schedule on Friday.
In the quarters Iran line up against Brazil, while Argentina battle it out against Italy. India meets Russia and Turkey fight against France. All the matches will be in Ankara.
In the classification 9 to 16 positions in Izmir, Egypt meets USA, beside three other encounters; China v Serbia, Japan v Tunisia and Canada v Mexico.
Brazil v USA 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22)
Souza with the tournament's third best scoring performance so far, did everything in the game and not only coming as match best scorer but also having emotional effect on his colleagues. He also had 5 dying blocks and 1 ace service in his tally.
USA's opposite Benjamin Patch was his team best scorer with 19 points followed by Thomas Jaeschke 13 points.
Brazil changed their strategy and used the floating tactical service to make a pressure upon USA players beside making a wide blocking dominance of 11-4 and also 6-2 in ace services which played a great role in the match.
"Our service and the amazing Souza performance were behind the victory," says Brazil coach Leo. "I think we were more emotionally balanced during the match. From this stage, the competition becomes very important."
Iran v Egypt 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-11)
Italy v Serbia 3-2 (21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 28-30, 15-5)
Outstanding Italian team played their best in the tournament to overcome the favourites, Serbia in grueling five-setter 3-2 (21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 28-30, 15-5) in Izmir.
With the victory the Italian team who were fourth in their preliminary pool D qualifies to the quarterfinal, while Serbia who lead their corresponding pool C will play for the 9 to 16 positions.
Among other main causes for the win, the brilliant performance of the Italian opposite Luigi Randazzo comes as the main factor as he was the match scorer with 28 points including 5 impressive dying blocks and 5 ace services. He was followed by the emerging outside hitter Ferdinando Della Volpe who scored 20 points.
From the Serbian side Uros Kovacevic led the scorers with 19 points.
"We were in a tough situation before coming to Turkey because few days before the championship we had to change the strategy. Our first opposite was injured. It was unexpected and not easy for us. Our main point was not to change the team after the two matches that we lost. It was a big motivation to the players. So, they started to play better and better and now they are fully self confident." Italy coach Marco Bonitta said
Argentina v China 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 23-25, 29-27)
Russia v Tunisia 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-21)
As usual the Russian opposite Victor Poletaev was the team scorer with 16 points including 3 ace services and 2 dying blocks, followed by team captain Egor Feoktistov 12 points.
Tunisia's opposite Adam Oueslati led his team scorers with 10 points followed by Malek Chekir 8 points.
"Russia played very well and deserved to win. We didn’t come here to win the World Championship. We came here to improve our style of playing, performance and the team work. For us it was a big surprise to play against Russia. However, it was a strong game. I believe, we managed to play against them." Tunisia coach Mohamed Mounir Gara said.
France v Canada 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 25-15, 23-25, 15-10)
French captain Clevenot Trevor finished as match scorer with 20 points including 4 stuff blocks followed by teammate outside hitter Thibault Rossard 18 points. Jimenez Demyanenko contributed 14 points for Canadian team as best scorer of his side.
France team played their best in the tiebreak using the spike service of Thibault to lead 4-1 before they turned court at 8-4. It was easy for the French team to continue the same rhythm although some resistance from Canadian team and win 15-10.
"It was the most important match. We know it was not easy to win. We are very happy to win this game. Even Canada lost the game, but I want to congratulate them, they played well tonight. It was a good fighting for each team." France coach Stephane Faure said.
Turkey v Mexico 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-18)
Quarterfinal programme on Friday August 30
2013 Men's U21 World Championship Performances
Top Scoring Performances
33 – Luigi Randazzo of Italy v Russia (August 26)
31 – Zouhair El Graoui of Morocco v Egypt (August 26)
30 – Alan Souza of Brazil v USA (August 28)
28 – Luigi Randazzo of Italy v Serbia (August 28)
28 – Victor Poletaev of Russia v Brazil (August 23)
26 – Victor Poletaev of Russia v Italy (August 26)
26 – Yan Tingwei of China v Egypt (August 23)
25 – Pablo Koukartsev of Argentina v China (August 28)
23 – Pablo Koukartsev of Argentina v Estonia (August 26)
23 – Uros Kovacevic of Serbia v Ganada (August 25)
23 – Mohamed Masoud of Egypt v China (August 23)
22 – Trevor Clevenot of France v Brazil (August 25)
22 – Gokhan Gokgoz of Turkey v China (August 25)
22 – D'Costa Anup of India v Morocco (August 24)
Top Blocking Performances
7 – Qin Zhen of China v Turkey (August 25)
6 – Edoardo Picco of Italy v Serbia (August 28)
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 – Luigi Randazzo of Italy v Serbia (August 28)
5 – Ferdinando Della Volpe of Italy v Serbia (August 28)
5 – Alan Souza of Brazil v USA (August 28)
5 – Eder Kock of Brazil v Venezuela (August 26)
5 – Lavmeet Katariya of India v China (August 26)
5 – Kumar Deepesh of India v Egypt (August 25)
5 – Ilyas Kurkaev of Russia v Venezuela (August 25)
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)
Top Blocking Performances by Team
27 – Italy v Serbia (August 28)
18 – China v Turkey (August 25)
17 – Italy v Venezuela (August 24)
16 – Brazil v Venezuela (August 26)
16 – Brazil v France (August 25)
15 – Turkey v China (August 25)
15 – India v Egypt (August 25)
15 – Russia v Brazil (August 23)
15 – Brazil v Russia (August 23)
14 – Russia v Italy (August 26)
14 – France v Canada (August 28)
13 – Morocco v Egypt (August 26)
13 – Mexico v Estonia (August 24)
13 – China v Egypt (August 23)
12 – Russia v Venezuela (August 25)
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)
Top Serving Performances
6 – Victor Poletaev of Russia v Brazil (August 23)
5 – Luigi Randazzo of Italy v Serbia (August 28)
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)
11 - Russia v Italy (August 26)
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)
Day 4: Uros Kovacevic of Serbia v Ganada 23 (August 25)
Day 5: Luigi Randazzo of Italy v Russia 33 (August 26)
Day 6: Alan Souza of Brazil v USA 30 (August 28)
Highest Set Score
Pool A: Morocco v Egypt , 32-30
Pool B: Japan V Mexico , Japan v Estonia , Mexico v Estonia , Iran v Japan 29-27
Pool C: Tunisia v Canada , Rwanda v USA 29-27
Pool D: Brazil v Italy, 35-33
Round of 16: Serbia v Italy 30-28
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
Day 4: France v Brazil , 3-2 (25-23, 25-18, 17-25, 24-26, 16-14) – 113 points
Day 5: Italy v Russia , 3-2 (23-25, 27-25, 30-28, 11-25, 15-12) – 113 points 221 points
Day 6: Taly v Serbia , 3-2 (21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 28-30, 15-5) – 214 points
2013 Men’s U21 World Championship page