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Tunisia close in eleventh place with a win over rivals Egypt at Men's U21

Tunisians celebrate their victory over Egypt in the classic African clash in Izmir

Izmir, Turkey, September 1, 2013 – Tunisia prevailed against North African compatriots Egypt in the fight for thirteenth spot at the 2013 FIVB Men's U21 World Championship. In a classic African clash the Tunisians who emerged victorious 3-2 (17-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 15-7) at Ataturk Hall in Izmir, Turkey on Sunday. Now Tunisia gained the 13th position and Egypt return home 14th.

This is the fifth time for Tunisia to finish in this position after 1991, 1997, 2001 and 2003, but their best ever performance was the 5th in 1993.

For the Egyptians this position is one step better than last edition. Their best was the ninth position in 2003.

Leading Tunisia's scoring on the day was opposite spiker Adam Oueslati with 25 points, followed by outside hitter Malek Chekir 24 points, many of those points coming in clutch moments. Egypt's leading scorer was middle blocker Mohamed Masoud who posted 19 points in a losing effort. Mostafa Abdelrahman charted 13.

Egypt started highly concentrating and won the first set with the quick attack strategy through their middle blockers. Tunisia coach changed the strategy and returned his middle blocker Elyes Garfi to his original position as he blocked well and came back to the Tunisians with the draw 1-1.

Again Egypt led in the third set before the Tunisians came back aggressively to win the crucial points of the fourth set and the tiebreak to earn a victory against their rivals. 

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