Press release

Japan score major upset in opening day at Rio

Japan celebrate their emotional victory over host and defending champions Brazil on Monday night at Maracanazinho Gymnasium

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 1, 2011 – The opening day of the 2011 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship saw Japan scoring a major upset by defeating host Brazil in a five–set thriller by score of 21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 22-25, 18-16 on Monday night at Maracanazinho Gymnasium.

The top FIVB world-ranked men’s teams in the combined Junior and Youth categories all opened with victories -with the exception of Tunisia and the home side as the event got underway in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi.

The No. 1 Argentina scored a 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-17) over Puerto Rico and second-placed Russia rolled to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-16 and 25-13) win over No. 10 Egypt. Fourth-ranked Iran beat Canada 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20), fifth-placed Serbia gunned down Belgium 25-21, 25-15, 25-16 and No. 7 India edged Germany in four sets 19-25, 25-21, 25-23 and 25-20.

The United States team, currently ranked ninth,  defeated Bulgaria in straight sets (25-22, 25-18, 25-21) while No. 11 Spain blanked No. 8 Tunisia 25-14, 25-18, 25-17 in the first day of action.

Pool A

United States 3, Bulgaria 0

The United States became the first team to win a match in Pool A as the American side defeated Bulgaria in straight sets to collect their first three points in the tournament. The team coached by John Hawks IV won 25-22, 25-18 and 25-21.
American wing spiker Taylor Sander topped the scorers with 15 points. Bulgarian outside hitter Nikolay Penchev helped his team with 11 points. The winners out blocked the defeated side 11-6 with Dylan Davis registering four blocks.

Japan 3, Brazil 2

Japan was responsible for the major upset of the first day as the Asian team surprised defending champion and host Brazil. The Japanese won 3-2 (21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 22-25 and 18-16) in the teams’ first match in the Pool A of the tournament. With the win, the Japanese are second placed in the group, with two points, after the United States, which scored three. Brazil collected one point with the five-set loss, while Bulgaria has no points.
Japanese opposite Takashi Dekita led all scorers, with 27 points, five more than Brazilian outside hitter Ricardo Lucarelli.

Pool B

Argentina 3, Puerto Rico 1

Argentina and Puerto Rico played the opening match of Niteroi despite Puerto Rico’s fatigue from the long journey they had to make to Brazil. Argentina took advantage of Puerto Rico’s jet lag to take a comeback victory, 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-19 and 25-17) in Pool B.
Puerto Rico was hurt by 39 team errors while Argentina only committed 18. Puerto Rico’s Steven Morales led all scorers with 19 points, including 18 kills. Ivan Castellani paced Argentina with 16 points on 13 kills, two blocks and one ace.

Spain 3, Tunisia 0

Spain proved too powerful for Tunisia and won their match, 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-17) in the second Pool B match of the day.  Spain led in spikes 37-23 and in blocks 11-5. It held a narrow edge in service aces, 7-6.
Spain’s Jorge Almansa led all scorers with 15 points on 12 spikes, one block and two aces. Francisco Ruiz added 13 points on 12 attacks and one ace. Racem Siala paced Tunisia with 10 points on eight kills and two blocks.

Pool C

India 3, Germany 1

Seventh world-ranked, India reacted after a bad start and managed to achieve its first win. The Asian side defeated Germany 3-1 (19-25, 25-21, 25-23 and 25-20) and collected their first three points in Pool C.
Despite the defeat, German opposite Simon Hirsch led all scorers with 31 points. Indian opposite Dhanabalan Selvaprabhu scored 17 points while T.D. Ravikkumar added 15 points. The German team committed 33 errors to 20 by India.

Russia 3, Egypt 0

Second-seeded Russia confirmed the expectations and prevailed over Egypt in the other match of Pool C in Rio de Janeiro. The European defeated the 10th seeded African squad in straight sets (25-16, 25-16 and 25-13). With the result, Russia shares the lead of the group with India, with three points each.
Russian wing-spiker Leonid Shchadilov was the main scorer of the match, with 15 points next to Andrey Kolesnik who charted 12 points. Egyptian captain Moustafa Idris scored 10 points. Russia held a 13-2 margin in the blocking element.

Pool D

Iran 3, Canada 0

Canada had many friends and family in the crowd for support, but in the end, Iran’s hard-hitting attack proved to be too much and won, 3–0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20).
Errors played a big part in Canada’s loss as it committed 30 while Iran committed 22. The teams were close to even in successful attacks, with Iran leading 31-30. But Iran’s serving was powerful and it led in aces 6-1. Iran also led in blocking 8-5.

Serbia 3, Belgium 0

Serbia used long runs of points to defeat Belgium, 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-16) in the final match of the first day in Niteroi.
Serbia’s Aleksandar Atanasijevic led all scorers with 16 points on 12 spikes, two blocks and two aces. Sam Deroo paced Belgium with 11 points on 11 successful attacks.
Serbia dominated the statistics with a 41-30 lead in spikes, an 11-6 lead in blocks and a 5-1 lead in service aces.

Highest Scorer by Day
Day 1 (August 1): 31 points by Simon Hirsch (Germany) in the 3-1 loss to India

Top Scoring Performances
31 – Simon Hirsch (Germany) in the 3-1 loss to India on August 1
27 – Takashi Dekita (Japan) in the 3-2 victory over Brazil on August 1
22 – Ricardo Souza (Brazil) in the 3-2 loss to Japan on August 1
19 – Steven Morales (Puerto Rico) in the 3-1 loss to Argentina on August 1
17 – Dhanabalan Selvaprabhu (India) in the 3-1 victory over Germany on August 1
Top Blocking Performances
5 – Igor Filippov (Russia) in the 3-0 victory over Egypt on August 1
5 – Srecko Lisinac (Serbia) in the 3-0 victory over Belgium on August 1
4 – Federico Franetovich (Argentina) in the 3-1 victory over Puerto Rico on August 1
4 – Borja Ruiz (Spain) in the 3-0 victory over Tunisia on August 1
4 – Pablo Bugallo (Spain) in the 3-0 victory over Tunisia on August 1
4 – Dylan Davis (United States) in the 3-0 victory over Bulgaria on August 1

Top Service Ace Performances

3 – Andrey Kolesnik (Russia) in the 3-0 victory over Egypt on August 1
3 – Jorge Lopez (Puerto Rico) in the 3-1 loss to Argentina on August 1
3 – Hatem Obba (Tunisia) in the 3-1 loss to Spain on August 1
3 – Yamato Fushimi (Japan) in the 3-2 victory over Brazil on August 1

Highest Set Score

25-23 (India versus Germany) in first round played on August 1 in Rio de Janeiro
25-23 (Puerto Rico versus Argentina) in first round played on August 1 in Niteroi
25-22 (USA versus Bulgaria) in first round played on August 1 in Rio de Janeiro
25-21 (India versus Germany) in first round played on August 1 in Rio de Janeiro
25-21 (United States versus Bulgaria) in first round on August 1 in Rio de Janeiro
25-21 (Brazil versus Japan) in first round on August 1 in Rio de Janeiro
25-21 (Serbia versus Belgium) in first round on August 1 in Niteroi

Highest Scoring Matches

216-   Japan def. Brazil 21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 22-25, 18-16 in first round on August 1 in Rio de Janeiro
183 – India def. Germany 19-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20 in first round on August 1 in Rio de Janeiro
176 – Argentina def. Puerto Rico 23-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-17 in first round on August 1 in Niteroi
136 – United States def. Bulgaria 25-22, 25-18, 25-21 in first round on August 1 in Rio de Janeiro
133 – Iran def. Canada 25-19, 25-19, 25-20 in first round on August 1 in Niteroi

Download highresolution

| More

More press releases

11.08.2011 00:38:58
Russia collect eighth gold medal in men’s junior event

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 10, 2011 – Russia added another gem to its long collection of gold medals in the FIVB Men’s Junior World Championsh... More...

10.08.2011 23:57:47
Sergey Shlyapnikov: “The key for our win was quickly recovering from our psychological problems”

Press Conference - Russia versus Argentina... More...

10.08.2011 23:37:17
Russia overcomes top ranked Argentina to win its eighth gold medal

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 10, 2011 – Volleyball powerhouse Russia improved its supremacy in FIVB Men's Junior World Championship by winning its... More...

10.08.2011 21:21:49
Aleksandar Atanasijevic: “We came to Brazil with the goal of earning a medal and the bronze is just great”

10.08.2011 20:55:55
Serbia defeats the United States to earn its first ever medal

10.08.2011 19:06:58
Otavio Pinto: “It was our final”

10.08.2011 18:48:01
Host Brazil finishes 5th after win over Iran

10.08.2011 18:39:35
Steven Vanmedegael: “I'm happy we got our fifth victory in a row"

10.08.2011 18:30:01
Belgium wins Niteroi championship with 9th place

10.08.2011 16:25:25
Francisco Hervás: “I could not be more proud of my players”

10.08.2011 16:06:30
Spain reacts over India to finish 7th in Rio de Janeiro

10.08.2011 15:42:07
Georges Laplante: "We picked it up"

10.08.2011 15:27:56
Canada secures 11th position

10.08.2011 13:48:16
The final battle for the medals is set in Rio

10.08.2011 01:46:36
Russia and Argentina under the spotlight in Rio

10.08.2011 01:41:10
Leonardo Carvalho: “The best we can do now is be fifth placed, so we will try to make it"

10.08.2011 01:16:39
Host Brazil against Iran for fifth place

10.08.2011 01:01:49
Germany's strong ties are a weapon against opponents

10.08.2011 00:47:35
Bulgaria beat Tunisia for 13th place

09.08.2011 23:02:09
Dmitry Kovalev: “Our block worked very well and that was the difference to our side”

09.08.2011 23:01:47
Moustafa Idris: "I'm satisfied with the result"

09.08.2011 22:50:18
Egypt finishes in 15th place

09.08.2011 22:43:03
Russia to play Argentina after an eighth gold medal

09.08.2011 19:50:22
Juan Ignacio Finoli: “We practiced hard for the last five months to play this gold medal match”

09.08.2011 19:23:42
Argentina defeats USA and clinches first spot in the gold medal match

09.08.2011 18:56:39
Belgium is second finalist for ninth place in Niterói

09.08.2011 17:08:31
Stewart Bernard: "Our team strength made a difference in the end"

09.08.2011 16:55:11
Germany to play for ninth place

09.08.2011 16:47:13
Pinto is a natural leader for Brazil

09.08.2011 16:40:25
Farhad Salafzoon: “We will do our best to finish in the fifth position, but this is not our place”

09.08.2011 16:15:37
Iran advances to 5th place match after three-set win over India

09.08.2011 14:27:04
Medal round set to begin in Rio de Janeiro

09.08.2011 01:44:38
Nikolay Jeliazkov:"We want to finish this competition with a victory”.

09.08.2011 01:40:19
Puerto Rico's rising star

09.08.2011 01:21:22
Bulgaria advances to 13th-place match

08.08.2011 23:50:34
Mohamed Mounir Gara: “The two teams play at the same level"

08.08.2011 23:28:33
Tunisia win five-set duel

08.08.2011 13:07:28
Action does not stop in Men’s Junior event

08.08.2011 03:21:30
Russia, Argentina, USA and Serbia in Final-Four Round

08.08.2011 02:35:58
Leonardo Carvalho: “We lacked calm and capacity to win the match”

08.08.2011 02:16:52
India eliminates Brazil with five-set win in Rio de Janeiro

08.08.2011 01:54:00
Noriaki Sako: "It was very hard to win"

08.08.2011 01:38:17
Japan gets last spot for the Niterói semifinals

07.08.2011 23:51:22
Referee's youth doesn't temper his dreams

07.08.2011 23:30:07
Dmitry Kovalev: “We are happy for the result, but angry because of our performances”

07.08.2011 23:07:40
Russia remains as the only unbeaten team

07.08.2011 23:05:08
Björn Höhne: "It was our best match"

07.08.2011 22:45:47
Germany makes it to Niteroi semifinals

07.08.2011 20:47:00
Francisco Ruiz: The Flying Spaniard

07.08.2011 20:01:43
Aleksandar Atanasijevic: “We knew we needed a three-points-win to be in a good position to advance for the semifinals”

07.08.2011 19:38:32
Still alive, Serbia defeats leader and qualified Argentina in five sets

07.08.2011 19:12:42
Steven Vanmedegael: "I think Puerto Rico played its best game"

07.08.2011 19:03:08
Belgium goes undefeated in Pool H

07.08.2011 17:10:09
Georges Laplante: "We gave our best"

07.08.2011 16:56:15
Francisco Hervás: “It is difficult to play when you have no chances of qualifying”

07.08.2011 16:53:39
Canada wins a tough match over Tunisia

07.08.2011 16:27:26
Iran defeats Spain in straight sets to finish third in Pool E

07.08.2011 14:52:41
Four teams still with chances in Men’s Junior Championship

07.08.2011 02:32:16
Russia and USA secure final-four spots

07.08.2011 02:11:44
Juan Ignacio Finoli: “If we keep playing like that, it will be tough for the rivals to beat us”

07.08.2011 01:46:04
Argentina beats host Brazil and takes the lead in Pool F

07.08.2011 01:04:04
Radoslav Arsov: "We were focused on this match"

07.08.2011 00:52:45
Bulgaria takes its first world championship win

07.08.2011 00:49:38
John Hawks IV: “I am one hundred percent pleased with my team”

06.08.2011 23:13:09
USA qualifies for semifinals after five-set-win over Spain

06.08.2011 22:39:11
Belgians overcome low age average

06.08.2011 22:21:43
Japan comes back with a win

06.08.2011 22:03:35
Following in his father’s steps

06.08.2011 20:21:04
Mohamed Ellakany: "Canada played very well"

06.08.2011 20:08:21
Canada leads Pool G after second win

06.08.2011 19:36:08
Aleksandar Atanasijevic: “Now we can fight for our qualification against Argentina”

06.08.2011 19:16:28
Serbia reacts to win its first match in the second round

06.08.2011 17:38:19
Björn Höehne: "We lost the focus on the match"

06.08.2011 17:23:53
Belgium secures first place in Pool H

06.08.2011 16:43:36
Sergey Shlyapnikov: “I hope we can keep the same level in the final round”

06.08.2011 16:23:50
Russia stays unbeaten following 3-0 win over Iran

06.08.2011 14:48:37
Competition heats up at Men’s Junior Championship

06.08.2011 14:41:08
Argentina, Russia, USA and Brazil on fast track

06.08.2011 01:51:09
Sam Deroo: " I hope we can play like this tomorrow again"

06.08.2011 01:34:15
Belgium gets another victory in Niterói

06.08.2011 01:18:56
Otavio Pinto: “When we play like this, it is very tough for the rivals to beat us”

06.08.2011 00:53:46
Brazil crushes Serbia to lead the Pool F

05.08.2011 23:31:29
Jovica Cvetkovic: “It was one of our worst matches in the last times”

05.08.2011 23:18:32
Björn Höhne: "I hope we can keep winning"

05.08.2011 23:03:48
Germany gains first tournament victory

05.08.2011 22:54:14
American block power smashes Iran in Maracanazinho

05.08.2011 19:57:10
Mohamed Ellakany: "It wasn´t a good day"

05.08.2011 19:51:19
Volleyball runs in Canadian's family

05.08.2011 19:50:35
Tunisia tops familiar foe for first victory

05.08.2011 19:06:46
Francisco Hervás: “Russia is an impressive team in the net”

05.08.2011 18:42:59
Russia starts ahead in Pool E of the second round

05.08.2011 17:09:42
Juan Ignacio Finoli: “We were aware of all their attack combinations”

05.08.2011 16:46:26
Argentina wins first match of the second round in Rio de Janeiro

05.08.2011 16:35:55
Georges Laplante: "The supporters helped us a lot"

05.08.2011 16:22:27
Russia’s volleyball has a loyal follower

05.08.2011 16:18:56
Canada wins first match in the second round

05.08.2011 11:45:56
The battle is back as Men’s Junior Championship resumes

05.08.2011 03:40:14
Japan’s Dekita impresses with scoring ability

04.08.2011 13:56:05
German doctor flying the flag for women at Men’s Juniors

04.08.2011 06:04:18
The Top-Eight Group is now completed in Men’s Junior

04.08.2011 02:17:19
Leonardo Carvalho: “I believe our pool was the tougher of the first round”

04.08.2011 02:01:14
Tyler Sanders: "It was a very passionate game"

04.08.2011 01:53:21
Brazil wins second match and qualifies for the next round

04.08.2011 01:49:34
Serbia holds off challenge from Canada

03.08.2011 23:33:23
Jovica Cvetkovic: "It was a long and difficult match"

03.08.2011 23:17:02
Taylor Crabb: “We came here to fight for the gold medal”

03.08.2011 23:14:49
Iran secures a spot in Rio de Janeiro

03.08.2011 22:46:56
USA qualifies for next round with 3-1 win over Japan

03.08.2011 20:08:17
Mohamed Mounir Gara: "Puerto Rico was better than us"

03.08.2011 19:49:17
Sergey Shlyapnikov: “Matches in next round will be very hard and we need to prepare for them”

03.08.2011 19:38:20
Puerto Rico earns first win at worlds

03.08.2011 19:21:23
Russia wins European clash and finishes first in Pool C

03.08.2011 18:46:49
Argentina divides Brazilian fans

03.08.2011 17:12:00
Juan Manuel Cichelo: "We are going to the second round with great expectations"

03.08.2011 16:49:52
Argentina moves on to next round as Pool B winner

03.08.2011 16:44:12
Singh Navjit: “Ravikumar and Selvaprabhu played a great match and helped us a lot”

03.08.2011 16:17:00
India beats Egypt and advances for the second round

03.08.2011 14:07:21
Bulgaria’s coach returns to Brazil for the first time

03.08.2011 08:04:17
Four spots are up for grabs at Men’s Junior World Championship

03.08.2011 06:01:36
Four teams secure tickets to top-eight bracket

03.08.2011 02:38:28
Jovica Cvetkovic: "It was a difficult match for both sides"

03.08.2011 02:23:29
Otavio Pinto: “Our heart and our will of winning prevailed”

03.08.2011 02:10:05
Serbia defeat Iran in the longest match in Niterói

03.08.2011 01:56:58
Brazil achieve first win at home against the United States

03.08.2011 00:59:43
Canadians invade Niterói

02.08.2011 23:53:11
Noriaki Sako: “We bet in our defence and believed that we could win the match”

02.08.2011 23:21:57
Japan win new five-set battle against Bulgaria

02.08.2011 22:49:34
Tyler Sanders: "It wasn´t our moment"

02.08.2011 22:38:57
Belgium win a balanced match

02.08.2011 20:01:33
Limitations can’t stop the dreams

02.08.2011 19:32:04
Juan Manuel Cichello: " We are happy to be on the next round"

02.08.2011 19:12:16
Dmitry Kovalev: “We can still be better for next round”

02.08.2011 19:06:31
Argentina looking for first place

02.08.2011 18:46:55
Russia defeats India and qualifies for the second round

02.08.2011 17:17:38
Stewart Bernard: “We fought, but it was too late”

02.08.2011 16:54:50
Francisco Hervás: "Our team stayed focused from the beginning".

02.08.2011 16:54:44
Egypt conquers first win against Germany

02.08.2011 16:31:31
Spain wins their second match

02.08.2011 11:18:37
Crucial matches to decide fate of teams in Brazil

02.08.2011 02:27:22
Leonardo Carvalho: “We made too many mistakes, especially in serving”

02.08.2011 01:56:35
Japan surprises defending champion Brazil in the close of the first day

02.08.2011 01:22:22
Serbia shows their force on the first day

02.08.2011 01:14:48
Sam Deroo: "Serbia was better than us"

01.08.2011 22:57:40
Georges Laplante: "We hope we can keep improving in every game"

01.08.2011 22:48:17
Taylor Crabb: “Our serve was tough and that helped us”

01.08.2011 22:35:45
Iran's strong attack stops Canada

01.08.2011 22:21:31
United States defeat Bulgaria in first Pool A match

01.08.2011 19:12:32
Mohammed Mounir Gara: "I promise we will try to get better"

01.08.2011 19:08:15
Sergey Shlyapnikov: “We can be better, even in blocking”

01.08.2011 18:45:14
Easy time for Spain in their premier match

01.08.2011 18:39:33
Russia defeat Egypt in straight sets in Rio de Janeiro

01.08.2011 17:32:10
Juan Manuel Cichello:"In the first match, the teams are always nervous"

01.08.2011 17:16:33
Argentina beats Puerto Rico in Niteroi opening match

01.08.2011 17:13:39
M. H. Kumara: “We knew that blocking was their best weapon and had to play very fast”

01.08.2011 16:44:35
India reacts over Germany to win the first match at Maracanazinho

01.08.2011 00:54:52
Zero Hour approaches at Men’s Junior event in Brazil

30.07.2011 10:54:42
Emerging stars set for the challenge in Brazil

19.07.2011 16:46:10
Serbia's young guns continue building for World Championships

23.06.2011 12:26:46
Brazilian squads head to Europe for World Championship tune-ups

04.06.2011 20:24:34
Men's Junior World Championship drawing of lots held in Brazil

25.05.2011 14:05:05
Brazil and Argentina junior teams to clash

12.04.2011 16:42:28
Jovanov to continue working with Iran youngsters

09.03.2011 16:39:37
Canada reveal Junior World Champs plans

21.02.2011 14:18:07
Puerto Rico juniors seek Pan Am Cup warm-up

18.02.2011 17:15:49
De Carvalho: Brazil face double burden

14.02.2011 15:49:45
Brazil to defend men's junior crown at home

27.01.2011 18:36:21
CEV reveals qualifying path to Junior World Champs

11.10.2010 11:51:00
Tunisia edge Egypt to reclaim crown

10.10.2010 05:11:06
Japan, Iran and India qualify for Men's Junior World Championship

28.09.2010 14:35:03
Brazil regain South American crown

05.09.2010 23:27:38
Russia back on top of Europe

22.08.2010 10:44:29
USA win gold medal at NORCECA Men’s Junior Championship