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Brazil top pool and meet Russia in Men's U23 semifinal

Brazil's win put them up against a familiar Russian obstacle in the semi-finals
Uberlandia, Brazil, October 11, 2013 - Brazil earned a semifinal against Russia at the Men's U23 World Championship with a 3-0 (21-18, 21-17, 21-11) victory against Tunisia that confirmed them as pool A winners on day five of competition at the Arena Presidente Tancredo Neves.

Brazil claimed the first set despite spending most of it just behind Tunisia on the scoreboard. Wing spiker Elyes Garfi was Tunisia's main attacking threat, but at 18-18 Brazil eased ahead with neat net touches from Rafael Araujo and Lucas Eduardo Loh that pushed them to a 21-18 win.

The second set was similar to the first, with the scores even up to the crucial final points when Brazil took control. Setter Thiago Veloso brought Rafael into the match more in the second set and the opposite became his team's biggest source of points as they claimed the set 21-17 on a powerful spike from Lucas.

Brazil saved their best for the final set where their almost error-free play - just one error point compared to six and seven in the first two sets, limited Tunisia's ability to stay close on the scoreboard. Thiago and Henrique Pinto Otavio gave Tunisia problems with their serve and Brazil went from 12-8 up at the technical timeout to take the set 21-11 and the match 3-0.

Otavio finished tied with Rafael as Brazil's top scorer with 10 points, while Garfi had the best record for Tunisia, also with 10.

Victory confirmed Brazil as pool A winners and they will now play Russia in the first semi-final on day six of competition, while Tunisia finished fourth in pool A and will contest the 5th-8th classification matches against Iran.


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