TIJUANA & MEXICALI, Mexico, August 19, 2007.- Following Friday night's emotional matches, Saturday and Sunday were rest days at the Boy's Youth World Championship in Mexico, but the teams had plenty to think about ahead of their second round matches starting tomorrow. India, the only unbeaten team of the tournament, will face Argentina, the new South American powerhouse in Pool E on Monday. In the same Pool to be played at Gimnasio de Usos Múltiples in Tijuana, Brazil, 2005 runner up, and Iran will be face to face in a match of continental champions between South America and Asia. Meanwhile in Pool F for the eight first places, Europe champion France will play Poland and Belgium will face China. This second round will be played in a round robinn system until August 22.
In the 9th-16th classification round to be played from Monday in Mexicali, Puerto Rico will face Egypt and Mexico will meet USA in Pool G. While in Pool H, defending champion Russia will only fight for a lower position after a dissapointing first round. They will face Tunisia, while Germany will play Cuba.
After three days of tough competition, there are no favorites in this tournament, as all the teams, except India, had lost at least one match. The big surprises are Argentina and France. The South Americans beat USA and reigning champion Russia, while the French dismissed the mighty Brazilians, six time world champions, in a great match played in three sets.
Many players have emerged in the first round matches with the most prominent being Mojtaba Ghiasi of Iran the best scorer of the tournament so far with a total of 60 points, followed by Singh Mandeep of India, Earwin Ngapeth of France and Rolando Cepeda of Cuba, each one with 52 points.
The Puerto Rico promising wing spiker Ulises Maldonado has also impressed with 73 points, while Alireza Jadidi of Iran has been also very efficient in the blocking with 52 attenpts.
Regarding the rest of individual skills after the first round matches, USA Erik Shoji is the best digger, Belgium Yves Kruyner is the best setter, Brazilian Thales Hoss is the best receiver, Cuban Rolando Cepeda is the best serve and Brazilian Thales Hoss is the best libero so far.
The 2007 Boy's Youth World Championship resumes on Monday in Tijuana and Mexicali in a second round that promises spectacular action and full house in both cities. The semifinal and final will be played on next Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th.