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Brazil, Russia, China and Finland grab second victories

Three-time defending champions used perfect blocking technique against Tunisia
Katowice and Gdansk, Poland, September 3, 2014 – World No 1 and three-time defending champions Brazil, No 2 and Olympic champions Russia, Finland and China claimed their second  victories in as many outings in Pools B and C, as the actions continued at the FIVB Men’s World Championship on Wednesday.

These four sides, along with Poland and Iran in Pools A and D, are the only teams with two wins after the completion of two rounds of matches in the 24-team competition.

Brazil Fielded most of their line up to beat Tunisia 3-0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-17), while Germany came back after the opening loss to beat Cuba 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-19). Finland entertained their 3000 fans with a second victory over Korea 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-15).

Russia easily overcame Egypt in Pool C 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-15) as Canada shocked Bulgaria 3-2 (17-25, 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 15-8). China beat Mexico 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-20) for their second victory. 

Pool B in Katowice   

Germany d Cuba 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-19)

Opposite György Grozer carried World No 10, Germany to a straight-set victory 25-16, 25-21, 25-19) over No 7 Cuba. Germany improved their won- loss ratio to 1-1, while Cuba dropped to 0-2. Grozer led the match and German scorers with 19 points, including 4 aces, followed by Denys Kaliberda 10. From Cuba‘s Ernesto Jimenez scored 15 points. 

What made the difference was the big dominance by the German team in the serving and blocking skills as the winners had 5-2 and 12-4 advantages in aces and blocking categories.

Key Points

• Germany achieved their sixth win against Cuba in 9 matches

• Cuba have lost their last three matches in a row at the World Championships

• Twice before, Cuba started a World Championship campaign with successive defeats, in 1956 and 2006.

Finland d Korea 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-15)

Suported by around 3,000 fans, Finland took another step towards the next phase by defeating overcame Korea in three sets (25-22, 26-24, 25-15). Finland improved their ratio to 2-0, while Korea dropped  to 1-1. 

Hard to receive serves followed by technically perfect spikes led Finland to the victory. Despite a slow start, Finaland's stars Urpo Silvula (14 points) and Jukka Lehtonen were able to control the game. 

Key points:

• In the first set, Finland scored 3 points with serves, while Korea didn't play any ace. 

• Finland made 9 aces against 1 scored by Korea.

• Korea defeated Tunisia 3-1 in their World Championship opener and Finland won 3-2 with Cuba in their first match.

Brazil d Tunisia 3-0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-17)

The last game of Day 5 in Pool B ended with a three-set Brazil’s victory (25-18, 25-10, 25-17) over Tunisia. The South Americans won their second game in the tournament, leaving Tunisia team with two losses. 

Ricardo Lucarelli (12 points), Eder Carbonera (9) and Lucas Saatkamp (8) sparked the winning offense with fine blocking and using opponent’s errors paved the way to the victory.

Key points:

• In 2010 and 2006, Brazil won each of their first two matches before losing the third.

• Tunisia started with a 3-1 defeat to Korea at the World Championship on Monday.

• The second set was ended 25-10, the biggest gap in pool B so far.

Pool C in Gdansk 

Canada d Bulgaria 3-2 (17-25, 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 15-8)
Gavin Schmitt stole the limelight from Pool C leaders Bulgaria as he led Canada in the thrilling five-setter (17-25, 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 15-8) at the Ergo Arena. Schmitt and Bulgaria’s Tsvetan Sokolov shared the honours as the match best scorers with 22 points.

The Canadians showed an attitude full of determination as they wanted to gain their first points in the tournament during the clash with Bulgaria, and successfully executed it.

Key Points

• Canada earned two points in the standoff with Bulgaria.

• Canadian block was solid; they had 13 against Bulgaria’s seven.

• Schmitt and Todor Skrimov had a service ace clash – Skrimov had one more ace to Schmitt’s three aces.

China beat Mexico 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-20)

China had a flawed first set but recovered to notch a 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-20) victory against Mexico, for their second victory in as many outings. Mexico dropped to 0-2. 

Zhi Yuan had another stellar scoring feat as he finished with 30 points, following his 31-point show against Egypt on Monday. Carlos Guerra’s 18 points topped Mexico.

Key Points

• Yuan Zhi was excellent at the service line as he had six of the nine aces of China.

• Chinese middle blocker Geng Xin was solid with his net defence with five blocks, the same total block output of Mexico.
• China won both their matches with a 3-1 scoreline.

Russia d Egypt 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-15)

With their tall blockers and effienct spikers, Russia stormed past Egypt 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-15) as fast as possible. Dmitriy Ilinykh led the match scorers with 13 points ahead of Nikolay Pavlov 11. From the Egyptian side Ahmed Abdelhay had 10 points as the best scorer of the defeated side. 

Key Points 

• Egypt stay winless in their three World Championship meetings with Russia

• Both teams were drawn in the same Pool at the 2007 and 2010 FIVB Volleyball World League. In a total of eight meetings, Egypt were only able to take four sets against Russia. 

• Russia have won their last five matches at World Championships and they have dropped only one set in that run. 

2014 FIVB Men's World Chhampionship best performances 

Top scorer by day
24- Taylor Sander of United States v Belgium on 31-8-14
31- Zhi Yuan of China v Egypt on 1-9-14
27- Antonin Rouzier of France v Italy on 2-9-14
30- Zhi Yuan of China v Mexico on 3-9-14

Top scoring performances
31- Zhi Yuan of China v Egypt on 1-9-14
30- Zhi Yuan of China v Mexico on 3-9-14
27- Antonin Rouzier of France v Italy on 2-9-14
26- Kervin Piñerúa of Venezuela v Cameroon on 2-9-14
26- Matt Anderson of United States v Iran on 2-9-14
25- Taylor Sander of United States v Iran on 2-9-14
25- Jean Patrice Ndaki of Cameroon v Venezuela on 2-9-14
25- Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v France on 2-9-14

Top blocking performances
8- Seyed Mousavi of Iran v Italy on 31-8-14
6- Maxwell Holt of United States v Iran on 2-9-14
5- Yung-Suk Shin of Korea v Tunisia on 1-9-14
5- Adel Gholami of Iran v United States on 2-9-14
5- Geng Xin of China v Mexico on 3-9-14

Top serving performances
6- Zhi Yuan of China v Mexico on 3-9-14
5- Dimitriy Muserskiy of Russia v Canada on 1-9-14
4- György Grozer of Germany v Cuba on 3-9-14
4- Jose Carrasco of Venezuela v Cameroon on 2-9-14
4- Todor Skrimov of Bulgaria v Canada on 3-9-14
4- Mikko Esko of Finland v Korea on 3-9-14

Top team blocking performances
16- Korea v Tunisia on 1-9-14
15- Iran v Italy on 31-8-14
15- Finland v Cuba on 1-9-14
15- United States v Iran on 2-9-14
13- Cuba v Finland on 1-9-14
13- Venezuela v Cameroon on 2-9-14
13- Canada v Bulgaria on 3-9-14 
12- Germany v Cuba on 3-9-14

Top team serving performances
11- Venezuela v Cameroon on 2-9-14
9- Finland v Korea on 3-9-14
9- China v Mexico on 3-9-14 
9- Bulgaria v Canada on 3-9-2014
7- Cuba v Finland on 1-9-14

Highest scoring sets
33-31 China v Egypt (4th Set) on 1-9-14
33-31 Cameroon v Venezuela (3rd Set) on 2-9-14
27-25 Finland v Cuba (3rd Set) on 1-9-14
26-24 France v Puerto Rico (3rd Set) on 31-8-14

Highest scoring matches
216- Finland v Cuba 3-2 (18-25, 21-25, 27-25, 25-23, 15-12) on 1-9-14
211- Iran v United States 3-2 (25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 18-25, 17-15) on 2-9-14
203- Italy v France 3-2 (20-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-13, 15-12) on 2-9-14
202- Canada v Bulgaria 3-2 (17-25, 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 15-8) 


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