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The 7th Girls' Youth World Championship will be held for the first time in the cities of Pula and Rijeka in Croatia from 22-30 September 2001. Croatia as host country will qualify directly. The winners of the qualification continental tournaments directly qualify. Sixteen teams will participate.


Dominican Republic defeat defending champion 

Pula, Croatia, 23 Sept - Dominican Republic was today's biggest sensation, fighting back from 0:2 down to defeat defending champion Japan 3:2 (23:25; 21:25; 25:22; 25:16; 15:12) in what was the match of the tournament to date.

The Dominican Republic's offence came out firing in the third and fourth sets and proved too strong for the Japanese defense - usually Japan's best weapon.

In a tie-break fifth set, Japan looked as if the match was finally moving back in its favour, up 12:11, but four points in a row from Dominican Republic gave Dominican Republic the set, and match.

In other matches, Russia defeated Belarus 3:0 (25:20; 25:23; 25:23). Russia now needs to take only one set from the Japanese to top Pool B, while Belarus has to win 3:0 against Dominican Republic to proceed to the play-off round.

In Pool C, the Polish team played wonderful focused volleyball to defeat Italy by 3:0 (25:21; 25:15; 25:17).

"Everything worked out fine, especially blocking, so I am very satisfied with our game today", said Polish head Coach Andrzej Pec after the match.

Brazil defeated Czech Republic 3:0 (26:24; 25:20; 25:17), and is looking forward to its next match against Poland to determine the top stop in Pool C.

Chinese Taipei defeated Kenya 3:0 (25:15; 25:17; 30:28), and host nation Croatia defeated Spain 3:1 (25:12; 25:21; 19:25; 25:22) giving another top-of-the-table clash between Croatia and Chinese Taipei in a Pool A.

China started the second day of competition by defeated Argentina by 3:0 (25:22; 25:23; 25:20). With Argentina defeating Korea the previous day, China now has a strong chance of topping Pool D.





All four Asian team proceed

Pula, Croatia, 25 Sept - After three days of competition of the 7th Girls' Youth World Championship, Chinese Taipei, Russia, China and Brazil are the top placed teams.

They proceed  to the play a play-off round in the seeding group, while second and third placed teams from each pool proceed to the elimination group.

The young Asian players have been among the many standout performers at the tournament, with all four teams from this continent, China, Chinese Taipei, Japan and Korea making the play-off round - China and Chinese Taipei qualified straight to the quarterfinals.

In Pool A, Kenya found it hard going yesterday, losing to Spain 3:0 in its last match, and although they gained invaluable experience, the young Kenyan team is going home without winning one set in the tournament. Chinese Taipei was also far too strong for host nation, Croatia.

In the Pool B Russia defeated a very strong Japanese team 3-2 (25:22; 15:25; 24:26; 25:22; 15:10). The Japanese defense against the powerful Russian hitters was superb, but after five sets the European strength and height advantage finally prevailed.

Belarus started its match against a strong Dominican Republic knowing it had to win 3-0 to proceed to the next round. They started strongly, the young team giving it everything they had, and was soon up 2:0. The third set was a test of nerves for both teams. Dominican Republic was on set point at 24:20, but Belarus gave a last ditch effort, winning back the next five points, giving them set and match point at 25:24, then 26:25, but the Dominican Republic leveled, then won the set - putting a disappointed Belarus out of the running.

Brazil and Poland had another tight match - Russia leading 2:0, and then Poland leveled at 2:2, sending the match to a fifth set. In a tie-break the score was even at 13:13 when Brazil won two points in a row - winning the set, match and the first place in pool C. Italy continued to the next round by defeating the Czech Republic 3:1.

Leading Pool D, China had a big victory over Korea 3:2 (25:18 ; 22:25 ; 17:25 ; 2516 ; 1513), showing strong attack skills. The Chinese were also very direct about their objective at this tournament, Chinese head coach, Huang Xiuqin stating: "My girls can do much better, our defense and blocking were quite bad, but our attack functioned better than in first two matches. Our goal is to go to the final round,"

With only three teams in Pool D, all three teams, China, Argentina and Korea, proceed to the next round.