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Women's U20 World Championship: Bulgaria and United States move into top eight

 
Bulgaria's emotional celebration moving into the second round of the Women's U20 FIVB World Championship
 
Cordoba / Boca del Rio, Mexico, July 16 - Bulgaria and United States moved into the top eight of the FIVB Volleyball Women's U20 World Championship on Sunday, with dramatic tie-break wins over Mexico and Serbia accordingly. 

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Alsto moving into the battle for the medals at Arena Cordoba starting on Tuesday, are Russia, Brazil, China, Japan, Poland and Turkey. Placing matches will be at Arena Veracruz in Boca del Rio. 

Pool A


Bulgaria beat host Mexico in exciting tie-break 3-2 (27-25, 24-26, 25-12, 19-25, 15-9) with impressive 19-7 margin in serves and Monika Karsteva’s 20 points. Emileta Racheva pumped up her team witn 7 aces, while Aleksandra Milanova and Elena Becheva joined the offense with 17 and 16 points accordingly. 

Russia topped pool A after defeating Egypt 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-17) in their third consecutive win. Angelina Lazarenko and Anna Kotikova tallied 13 and 10 points respectively for Russia.

Pool B


A combination of results in pool B shipped defending champion Dominican Republic into placing matches. China, Poland and Dominicans finished with same 2-0 record, putting Asia’s champions in first place with seven points, Poland in second with six and Dominican Republic in third with five.

China won to Dominican Republic in straight sets (25-19, 25-20, 25-17). Han Wu scored four aces on her 22 points, followed by Hanyu Yang with 17 points to outplay Dominican’s overall 12-6 margin in blocks.

Earlier Poland finished Peru 3-1 (25-18, 25-22, 14-25, 25-12), just enough to keep in the run for the medals. Martyna Lukasik scored 22 points, alongside Martyna Swirad with 15. 

Pool C



Katarina Lazovic scored remarkable 32 points on Serbia’s upset tie-break loss to United States who snatched a ticket in the top eight, bouncing back to beat Serbia 3-2 (22-25, 10-25, 26-24, 25-23, 17-15).  Ronika Stone and Leah Edmond with 15 points apiece, and 10 by Holly Carlton, led USA winning campaign. 

Brazil remained undefeated not before their dramatic 3-2 (23-25, 22-25, 25-9, 15-13) comeback win to Cuba. Both sides divided their offense; Brazil with Glayce Kelly Tobias (19), Diana Duarte (15) and Karina Barbosa (14); and Cuba with Ailama Cesa (19), Diaris De La Caridad (13) and Heidy Casanova (12). 

Pool D


Turkey’s crushing 20 blocks and 10 aces over Japan could not nail top spot in pool D. Japan won on a spectacular 3-2 (22-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-23, 15-12) comeback. This was Turkey’s third five-setter in a row. Kurogo Ai with three aces on 22 points was Japan best scorer and Guveli Yasemin with nine blocks and three aces on 21 points topped Turkey.  

Top Scorer by Day

26- Heidy Casanova of Cuba v Serbia on July 14
24- Natalia Murek of Poland v China on July 15
32- Katarina Lazovic of Serbia v United States on July 16

Top Scoring Performances

32- Katarina Lazovic of Serbia v United States on July 16
26- Heidy Casanova of Cuba v Serbia on July 14
25- Natalia Murek of Poland v Dominican Republic on July 14
24- Natalia Murek of Poland v China on July 15
23- Anai Florencia Tosi of Argentina v Turkey on July 15
23- Heidy Casanova of Cuba v United States on July 15
22- Wu Han of China v Dominican Republic on July 16
22- Kurogu Ai of Japan v Turkey on July 16
22- Martyna Lukasik of Poland v Peru on July 16
22- Hanyu Yang of China v Poland on July 15
21- Guveli Yasemin of Turkey v Japan on July 16
21- Wu Han of China v Peru on July 14
21- Katarina Lazovic of Serbia v Cuba on July 14
21- Aleksandra Lipska of Poland v Dominican Republic on July 14
20- Tugba Senoglu of Turkey v Italy on July 14
20- Monika Krasteva of Bulgaria v Mexico on July 16

Top Individual Blocking Performances

11- Zehra Gunes of Turkey v Argentina on July 15
9- Guveli Yasemin of Turkey v Japan on July 16
7- Hanyu Yang of China v Poland on July 14
6- Maricarmen Gurerrero of Peru v Poland on July 16
6- Martyna Swirad of Poland v Peru on July 16
6- Agostina Sol Beltramino of Argentina v Turkey on July 15
6- Emileta Racheva of Bulgaria v Russia on July 14
6- Diana Duarte Alecrim of Brazil v Serbia on July 15
5- Geraldine Gonzalez of Dominican Republic v China on July 15
5- Geraldine Gonzalez of Dominican Republic v Poland on July 14
5- Giulia Mancini of Italy v Turkey on July 14
5- Zehra Gunes of Turkey on July 14
5- Karina Flores of Mexico v Russia on July 15

Top Team Blocking Performances

22- Turkey v Argentina on July 15
20- Turkey v Japan on July 16
16- Argentina v Turkey on July 15
16- China v Poland on July 15
16- Dominican Republic v Peru on July 14
15- Mexico v Bulgaria on July 16

Top Individual Serving Performances

7- Emileta Racheva of Bulgaria v Mexico on July 16
7- Tugba Senogly of Turkey v Italy on July 14
5- Diaris Perez of Cuba v Serbia on July 14
5- Kathya Garcia of Mexico v Bulgaria on July 16
4- Aleksandra Milanova of Bulgaria v Mexico on July 16
4- Borislava Saykova of Bulgaria v Mexico on July 16
4- Norene Iosia of United States v Cuba on July 15
4- Wu Han of China v Dominican Republic on July 16

Top Team Serving Performances

19- Bulgaria v Mexico on July 16
17- Serbia v Cuba on July 14
14- Turkey v Italy on July 14
12- United States v Cuba on July 15
10- Turkey v Japan on July 16
10- Serbia v United States on July 16
10- Russia v Bulgaria on July 14

Highest Scoring Sets

31-29 United States v Cuba on July 15
28-26 Italy v Argentina on July 16
28-26 Turkey v Argentina on July 15
27-25 Bulgaria v Mexico on July 16
27-25 Serbia v Cuba on July 14

Highest Scoring Matches

219- Turkey v Argentina 3-2 (23-25, 28-26, 25-19, 20-25, 15-13) on July 15
210- Dominican Republic v Poland 3-2 (20-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17, 16-14) on July 14 
213- Japan v Turkey 3-2 (22-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-23, 15-12) on July 16
212- United States v Serbia 3-2 (22-25, 10-25, 26-24, 25-23, 17-15) on July 16
207- Bulgaria v Mexico 3-2 (27-25, 24-26, 25-12, 19-25, 15-9) on July 16
204- Turkey v Italy 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-16, 15-12) on July 14
200- Serbia v Cuba 3-2 (25-13, 25-17, 25-27, 17-25, 15-11) on July 14





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