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27/06/2013 22:00
European teams catch good start at Boys' U19 World Champs
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Tijuana/Mexicali, Mexico, June 27, 2013. The 2013 FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship got started on Thursday in Tijuana and Mexicali with three European teams opening their respective campaign by scoring convincing wins, while Finland did lose their first match to Iran. 2013 European champions Russia and bronze medallists Belgium will be debuting on Friday.  
Poland cruised past Tunisia 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 in the opening match of Pool A. Alexander Sliwka paced the winners with 17 points, including three aces, while team captain Bartosz Bucko and Rafal Szymura contributed 12 and 10 respectively. Tunisia’s Mohamed Kbaier led the defeated side with 8 points. Poland held a wide advantage of 8-3 in blocking and blanked the opponents in the aces category 7-0. The winners gave away 30 points via errors to 20 by the losers.

In Pool B Turkey outdueled Cuba in three well-fought sets (25-23, 29-27, and 25-21) to close the program of the first day in Mexicali. Both teams registered eight blocks and two aces while the slight difference was in the number of unforced errors (19-24) and more attacks (45-42) in favour of the winners. Ogbai Enaboifo was the best offensive player for Turkey with 18 points, followed by Kaan Gulec and Yasin Aydin with 11 and 10 respectively. Cuba’s Luis Jimeno, Osmani Uriarte and Inovel Romero had 9 points apiece.

Iran held off a high-spirited Finland to prevail in five sets (25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 25-27, 15-8) in the first match of Pool C. In a match of up and downs, Iran overcame their 36 errors to 24 of Finland to get two points with the 3-2 win. Mohammad Javad was the main offensive weapon of the winning side with 23 points followed by Akbar Valaei’s 19 points and 16 and 13 from Javad Hekmati and Shaland Allah respectively. Finland’s most productive players were Samuli Kaislasalo and Sakari Makinen who each finished with 13 points.
France stormed past Rwanda to claim an easy straight-set win (25-16, 25-12, and 25-18) in the second match of Pool C. Jean Patry was the lone player to finish the match with double figures in the scoring charts with 11 tallies. Nicolas Szerszen, Sebastian Roatta and Timothée Carle contributed 9, 8 and 7 points respectively. Szerszen had five of the nine aces recorded by the winners while Roatta added three. France team out-blocked Rwanda 8-0.  

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