Tunisia continue victories as Congo overcome Niger at Men's World Championship qualifier
Tunis, Tunisia, March 4, 2014 - Hosts Tunisia maintained their superior performance and secured their second victory over Senegal 3-0 on the second day of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship qualification tournament, Pool V held at the Palais des Sports Hall in Tunis, Tunisia on Tuesday.
In another thrilling match of the day, Congo
Brazzaville started their tournament campaign with an exciting win against
Niger in a five set marathon 3-2 (25-17, 35-37, 14-25, 25-17, 15-12).
Niger v. Congo Brazzaville 3-2 (25-17, 35-37, 14-25, 25-17, 15-12)
Congo Brazzaville rebounded from a set behind 1-2 to win a thrilling tiebreaker 3-2 (25-17, 35-37, 14-25, 25-17, 15-12) in 112 minutes.
The Congo team started the match with the upper hand as they controlled the net action through their strong attacks using their opposite attacker Nkouka Abrahys and the tight blocks of Louoni Gampourou. They went onto win the first set easily with a score of 25-17.
Both teams performed marvellously in the second set which lasted 35 minutes, with Niger showing a lot of improvement in reception and backline defense to take the tough set 37-35. The Niger players' motivations improved a lot and with the tight block of Djibril Amadou they were able to win the third set with a wide margin 25-14.
Congo regained their rhythm and concentration and succeeded to win the fourth set 25-17 to extend the match into a tiebreak. Congo maintained their dominance to reach 8-5 at court turn and continued their superior performance till they won the set 15-12.
Playing their first match, Congo’s record stands at 1-0, while Niger dropped to 0-2.
Tunisia v. Senegal 3-0 (25-16, 25-7, 25-17)
Tunisia claimed their second victory of the tournament over Senegal 3-0 (25-16, 25-7, 25-17) in a match lasting 56 minutes. Tunisia improved their win-loss ratio to 2-0, while Senegal dropped to 0-2.
Tunisia started the match with their main line up and used their strong spike service to disturb the Senegal team. They led widely till 16-8 at the second technical time out before Senegal showed solid defense to maintain their point deficit as Tunisia won 25-16.
Tunisia took over the match completely in the
second set and used their opponent’s weak reception to advance, winning the set
25-7. Using most of their substitutes, Tunisia continued their hard work to win
25-17 in the third set even after their opponent gave their best performance.
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