FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Russia win gold medal with powerful exhibition

Russia team celebrate their gold medal at the end of the award and closing ceremony on Sunday night

Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico, July 7, 2013 – European champions Russia added an even more important gem to their collection of the year with the gold medal they won with a spectacular performance in the title match against China of the FIVB Boys' U19 World Championship on Sunday night.

Russia team capped their amazing campaign with a splendid show of volleyball to the delight of the crowd at the Baja California High Performance Center.

After two close initial sets then it was a solo show of Russia in all facets of the game that led to a 25-23, 22-25, 25-17, 25-14 convincing victory. China, meanwhile, was reduced only to a shadow of the team that captivated the fans with their fast combinations and spotless defense.

“I talked to my players earlier today about the need to produce strong serves and organize the blocking,” said Alexander Karikov, the coach of Russia. “When we lost the second set I told them to remember our plan and that the only way to win against China was with our serves.”

“My team did not have a chance to win tonight against a team performing at the high level Russia did,” said Ju Genyin, the coach of China. “Technically all their players were at a superior level and you can’t play against that.”

Victor Poletaev hammered 25 points to lead the new champions followed by Dmitry Volkov with 14 and setter and the eventual Most Valuable Player Pavel Pankov with 13, including seven aces. Tang Chuanhang was the best scorer of China with 18 points while Xia Runtao had 15 in the losing effort.

It is the third gold medal for Russia in the history of the age-group biennial competition, having won also in 1999 in Riyad, Saudi Arabia and in 2005 in Algiers and Oran, Algeria. They also claimed silver medals as the former Soviet Union in 1989 and 1991 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Porto, Portugal, respectively, and a bronze in Cairo, Egypt in 2001. China had to settle for their second silver medal and third overall.

Poland took the bronze medal with a four-set victory (19-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-17) over Iran in a match where the winners scored 18 blocks, including a tournament-high 9 by Batlomeij Lemanski who shared the spotlight with captain Bartosz Bucko, both with 18 points.

“Mexico is a good country for me, because as a player I won a gold medal almost 40 years ago,” recalled Poland’s Wesilaw Czaja, “and now I win this bronze medal as a coach in another world championship.”

In the other two matches in Tijuana, Brazil defeated Argentina 3-1 (15-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-23) and Cuba held off France to win in five sets (25-17, 25-21, 21-25, 25-27, 15-8) for the positions fifth and seventh.

In Mexicali, Belgium beat Korea 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-18) for ninth place and Finland subdued Egypt in four sets (25-19, 23-25, 25-21, 25-13) for the eleventh place. Also, Chile edged Mexico 3-2 (27-25, 23-25, 20-25, 27-25, 15-13) and Turkey saw off United States 3-1 (25-20, 25-17, 15-25, 25-19) for the 13th and 15th places in the final standings.

In addition to MVP Pankov, the All-Star team of the competition consisted of the following:

Matías Sanchez (ARG), Setter; Dmitry Volkov (RUS) and Tang Chuanhang (CHN), Outside Hitters; Victor Poletaev (RUS), Opposite; Maxim Trynin (RUS) and Zhang Zhejia (CHN), Middle Blockers, and Rogerio Filho (BRA), Libero.

2013 Boys’ Under 19 World Championship Performances

Top Scoring Performances
33- Samuel Niyogisubizo of Rwanda v Finland (June 29)
33- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Mexico (July 7)
31- Rodrigo Leal of Brazil v Finlandia (July 3)
28- Yuki Ishikawa of Japan v Turkey (June 28)
28- Osmany Uriarte of Cuba v France (July 7)
27- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Cuba (July 1)
26- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Turkey (June 29)
26- Douglas Souza of Brazil v Chile (July 3)
26- Wassin Ben Tara of Tunisia v Rwanda (July 6)

Top Blocking Performances

9- Bartlomiej Lemanski of Poland v Iran (July 7)
8- Emre Savas of Turkey v Japan (June 28)
8- Henry Mederic of France v Finland (June 28)
8- Douglas Bastos of Brazil v Egypt (June 29)
8- Li Yuanbo of China v Poland (July 6)
7- Zhang Zhejia of China v Poland (June 29)
7- Henry Mederic of France v Korea (July 3)
7- Elias Ndagano of Rwanda v Tunisia (July 6)
7- Yigit Gumelzoglu of Turkey v United States (July 7)

Top Blocking Performances by Team

23- Turkey v Japan (June 28)
19- Russia v Iran (June 28)
18- China v Poland (July 6)
18- Poland v Iran (July 7)
17- Mexico v Belgium (June 29)
16- France v Finland (June 28)
16- China v Poland (June 29)
16- Cuba v Chile (July 1)
16- Finland v Chile (July 5)
16- Brazil v France (July 6)

Top Serving Performances
8 – Pavel Pankov of Russia v Iran (July 6)
7 – Pavel Pankov of Russia v China (July 7)
6 – Pavel Pankov of Russia v Cuba (July 5)
5 – Nicolas Szerszen of France v Rwanda (June 27)
5 – Ahmed Belmabrouk of Tunisia v Algeria (July 5)

Top Serving Performances by Team

12 – Poland v Turkey (July 3)
12 – Russia v Iran (July 6)
11 – Belgium v Tunisia (June 28)
10 – Mexico v Chile (July 7)
09 – France v Rwanda (June 27)
09 – Japan v Rwanda (July 5)
09 – Russia v Cuba (July 5)

Highest Scorers by day
25- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Japan (June 27)
28- Yuki Ishikawa of Japan v Turkey (June 28)
33- Samuel Niyogisubizo of Rwanda v Finland (June 29)
22- Brian Melgarejo of Argentina v Chile (June 30)
27- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Cuba (July 1)
31- Rodrigo Leal of Brazil v Finlandia (July 3)
22- Miro Maattanen of Finland v Chile (July 5)
22- Mohamed Shehabeldeen of Egypt v Mexico (July 5)
26- Wassin Ben Tara of Tunisia v Rwanda (July 6)
33- Dusan Bonacic of Chile v Mexico (July 7)

Highest Set Score
34-32 China v Brazil (1st Set, July 5)
32-30 Chile v Turkey (1st Set, July 6)
32-30 China v Poland (1st Set, July 6)
31-29 Finland v Brazil (3rd Set, July 3)
30-28 Mexico v Tunisia (1st Set, June 30)
29-27 Turkey v Cuba (2nd Set, June 27)
29-27 Finland v Brazil (4th Set, July 3)
29-27 Iran v Argentina (3rd Set, July 5)
29-27 Egypt v Mexico (4th Set, July 5)

Highest Scoring Matches
228 – Japan d Turkey 3-2 (24-26, 24-26. 25-17, 26-24, 19-17) June 28
225 – Chile d Mexico 3-2 (27-25, 23-25, 20-25, 27-25, 15-13) July 7
224 – Brazil d Finland 3-2 (25-20, 25-12, 29-31, 27-29, 15-11) July 3
218 – Mexico d United States 3-2 (25-20, 26-28, 20-25, 25-21, 15-13) July 6
212 – Finland d Rwanda 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 16-25, 19-17) June 29
210 – United States d Korea (22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-25, 17-15) July 1

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