Tunisia book World Championship ticket in style
Tunis, Tunisia, March 7, 2014 – World No. 13 Tunisia booked the third and final African ticket to the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Poland 2014 by winning the African qualification tournament “Pool V,” held at Palais des Sports Hall in Tunis on Friday.
Tunisia flew past the struggling Congo team in the fifth and last day of the qualifier, to increase their win-loss ratio to 4-0, while Congo dropped to 3-1 and finished the five-nation round-robin tournament in second place.
Seychelles came from behind in each of the three sets against Nigeria, to clinch the victory (28-26, 25-19, 26-24) and third position with 2-2 record. Niger finished in fourth position with 1-3. Senegal, who finished their matches on day four, finished in last place of the qualifiers, 0-4.
Tunisia is the final African men’s team to move on to the FIVB Men's World Championship in Poland, from August 30 to September 21. Tunisia joins Egypt, who won the “Pool U” ticket in Nairobi, as well as Cameroon, who won the “Pool T” qualifiers in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
As the top African team in the FIVB World Ranking – Senior Men, Tunisia will be grouped along with defending champions Brazil, Germany, Korea, Finland and the second ranked team from NORCECA in the FIVB Men’s World Championship finals.
Tunisia v Congo Brazzaville
3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-17)
With the victory, Tunisia improved their win-loss ratio to 4-0 to 12 points, without dropping a set, while Congo dropped to 3-1 to end the qualifiers in second place with eight points.
Opposite spiker Marouane Garci was Tunisia’s top and scorer with 15 points, followed by outside hitter Isamil Moalla with 13 points. Louni Gampourou led Congo's scorers with 11 points.
Tunisia started the match with the main line up, and they applied their attacking strategy to win the first set easily after a group of attacking combinations led by the setter Samir Sellami.
Tunisia’s coach started to make some substitutions in the second set, where Congo entered the match through improving their defense and using Nkouka Abrhys’ spike service blocking. Tunisia regained their dominance after the second technical time out, to win the set 25-17.
Tunisia’s coach used most of his substitutes in the field, but Tunisia kept their dominance and went easily to win the third set 25-17 and the match in straight sets.
Seychelles v Niger 3-0 (28-26, 25-19, 26-24)
Seychelles won crucial points in each set on their way to clinch a 3-0 (28-26, 25-19, 26-24) victory over in Niger in 69 minutes.
Seychelles improved their win-loss ratio to 2-2 with six points, to finish in third place, while Niger dropped to 1-3 with four points to end in fourth position.
Niger started as the stronger team, after the attacks from position three, through Djibril Adamou, who conducted his team to lead 16-12. Seychelles fought aggressively to regain the lead through the tight block led by Rodney Ah-Kong till they won the set 28-26.
In the second set, Niger began aggressively to lead 12-10, before Seychelles worked well in blocking to win 25-19. The third set showed early activity for Niger as they fought to save the match and succeeded to lead 24-20. However, Seychelles played their best to win the tough set 26-24 and the match 3-0.
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