Turkey cruises to third straight win at U21 World Champs
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Ankara/Izmir, Turkey, August 24, 2013. The home guys of Turkey claimed on Saturday their third consecutive straight win at the 2013 FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship as they cruised past Egypt. Russia and Serbia claimed their second victory in the tournament as they powered past France and Tunisia in straight sets as well while 2012 European champions Italy could finally get back on track after two straight defeats by routing Venezuela 3:0. The other European team competing there, Estonia, suffered their second defeat since the start of the Championship losing 1:3 to Mexico. On Sunday the Champs will continue with Turkey playing China, Serbia testing out the likes of Canada, while Russia and France will take on Venezuela and Brazil respectively. Italy and Estonia will enjoy a day of rest before finishing their duties in the prelims on Monday.
The team of Turkey once again pleased the home crowd at Baskent Volleyball Hall in Ankara as the local heroes claimed their third straight-set win at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship shooting out Egypt by 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, and 25-13). Shortly before the end a ball hit Turkey’s captain Baturalp Burak Güngör in the face and he had to sit out the rest of the match. Metin Toy’s 11 points for Turkey put him on the top of the scorers’ chart of the match. Mostafa Abdelrahman tallied 8 points to become Egypt’s most prolific player in the game. Umit Hizal, head coach of Turkey: “We are very happy. We continue our winning streak. My players are like warriors. They fight really well on the court and never give up. I am proud of them”.
Mexico was the last Pool B team without a victory before their game with Estonia on Saturday afternoon. However, this is no longer the case as the NORCECA side defeated their European opponents by 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 17-25, and 29-27) at Baskent Volleyball Hall in Ankara. Renee Teppan scored 18 points for Estonia to become the game’s top scorer. Ivan Molano Rueda was the best scorer for Mexico with 16. Urmas Tali, coach of Estonia, said: “We started the match very nervous. The first set was fifty-fifty and the second set we had too many problems. The third one was a little better, but we just had so many not good reasons to make mistakes. We lost this match by 1-3, and it was a very important match for us. From the start we could have opted for different attacks, but we were defeated psychically rather than technically”.
In Pool C Serbia – without their resting big gun Uros Kovacevic – outclassed Tunisia in a tough straight setter (25-17, 27-25, and 26-24) at Ataturk Hall in Izmir. Tunisia led in both the second and third sets before they lost the crucial points due to small mistakes. Mihajlo Stankovic led Serbia’s scorers with 17 points while Tunisia’s middle-blocker Elyes Garfi who played as an outside hitter to replace injured captain Ousama Mrika was the best from his side registering 15 including 3 blocks and one ace. Serbia head coach Sinisa Reljic commented: “This is the worst game we played in the last 3 months. When we make an analysis we will see the reason for that. Before the game I said to my players that it is dangerous to think that the game will be easy. This is a World Championship. We have to play 100% in every game. Tunisia played very well in the second and third sets. Then we had serious problems in reception. They served good and we had problems with that. I’m so mad about this game. If we play like this in the next game, we won’t have any chance to qualify to the next round. I think this is about our mentality because in important games we focused 100% and if it’s not that important we think it will be easy. This is we have to work on for the future”.
In Pool D Russia stopped France’s winning streak after two rounds cruising to a speedy and well-deserved straight-set win (25-17, 25-22, and 25-18) to improve their record to 2:0. Two Russian players – Victor Poletaev and Ivan Demakov – finished the game in double digits with 16 and 12 points respectively while France’s team captain Trévor Clevenot paced his side with 15. Russia’s block worked just fine registering 11 in the end vs. only 5 for their opponents. France’s head coach Stephane Faure said: “We had seen the Russian team yesterday. So we knew this game would be difficult. They are a strong team. We tried to our best in service and reception, but we couldn’t perform well. Now we will focus on the next match. Our next game is against Brazil. We never played against them so it will be stressful for us to play against the South Americans. I’m sure the game will be a good challenge for us”.
In that same group 2012 European champions Italy finally found the winning ways after they secured their first victory against winless Venezuela 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, and 27-25). After losing to Brazil and France, Italy improved their tournament win/loss ratio to 1-2, while Venezuela, playing their second match, dropped to 0-2. Italy’s opposite Luigi Randazzo top scored once more for his side with 15 points while Enrico Diamantini supported with 9, including 6 blocks. Italy coach Marco Bonitta commented: “After two terrible days, finally we can smile. We played better than the other two days. Even though we still have some problems of concentration, we managed to win together as a team”.
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