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10 March 2011
Cairo, Egypt, July 11, 2008- China used the disturbed Egyptian reception and backline defense to breeze past Egypt 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-23) in front of 4000 Egyptian spectators in their first match in the fifth weekend of the intercontinental round of the 2008 FIVB World League here at Police Union Hall on Friday. The Chinese opposite and the competition best scorer Zhi Yuan played a great role in this victory with his unstoppable spikes from position 2 and also his efficient service. The victory is the third in this year’s competition and improved the Chinese win- loss record to 5-4, while Egypt dropped to 3-6.
The match started with a potent spike from the World League best scorer Zhi Yuan followed by a fast spike from Abdel Latif Ahmed from position 3 that kept the draw 1-1. Egypt right attacker Ahmed Salah started to work with his unstoppable hits from position 2 aided by the experience of Egypt captain Hamdy El Safi who served well and scored 3 points as Egypt led 6-5. China used their solid block to stop Egypt attacks and succeeded to lead 8-6 at the first technical timeout (FTT).
The Chinese attacker Dawei Yu served well and the opposite Yuan used his tactical spikes that allowed China to lead 11-7 and forced Egypt coach to call timeout at 11-7. China continued as the better side in reception and reached to 16-12 at the second technical timeout (STT).
Egypt players committed frequent reception and digging mistakes that made the difference for the Chinese side and so the visitors won the set 25-18.
The second set showed improved reception for Egypt team and the head coach changed the strategy to the fast setting through the skillful setter Abdalla Ahmed and Egypt led regularly till 7-5 when China pummeled the Egyptian defense again with their spike service and scored three successive points that put them ahead 8-7 at the FTT. Egypt used the combination to penetrate the Chinese block and led 11-9, but quickly China regained their disciplined block of Peng Guo and Dawei Yu and became ahead again 16-14 at the STT. Egypt coach changed the center Abdel Latif by Ahmed Mosaad to adjust the block, but the Chinese coach changed the strategy also to use the fine touches of the attackers towards the Egyptian court which was not tolerated by the Egyptian attackers. China star Yuan again led his team with his razor sharp rockets from service and spikes and led his team to win the second set 25-21.
The third set showed improvement in the Egyptian block through Abdel Latif and Mosaad, while China team was irritable in reception and Egypt led 6-4 and 7-5 before China returned back through their efficient service to lead 8-7 at the FTT. The Egyptian coach substituted the setter Abdalla by Ashraf Aboul Hassan and the latter led the Egyptian combinations by the net that deceived the Chinese block as Salah and Mohamed Badawy used well the setting to lead widely 16-11 at the STT. China coach made some substitutions in the attackers to regain the rhythm after Egypt increased the point deficit to 18-11 and China succeeded to improve the score gradually till 21-20 and the draw 21-21. China with their setter Shuai Jiao became more disciplined and succeeded to win the set 25-23.
We played our worst World League match in three years, Zakaria
Egypt head coach, Ahmed Zakaria:
I don’t have any reason for this bad performance of my players today except the overload due to the long journey when we returned back from Japan after the last weekend. We played our worst match in the World league till now and even when we were ahead by 7 points at the third set we lost the set. I think we had two main problems today the first was the first was the bad blocking against the Chinese attacks and combinations and the second was the undisciplined reception of the Chinese service. Although these services were not too strong, they were very tactical usually between two players. I hope we can play better in the second match tomorrow.
Egypt team captain, Hamdy El Safi:
I congratulate the Chinese team for the victory and the performance. We didn’t play well today and when we tried to come back in the third set we couldn’t maintain and lost by strange mistakes. We were very tired after we returned back from Japan and I don’t have any more causes.
China head coach, Zhou Jianan:
I’m very happy and proud of my team’s performance specially when they were steady enough in the third set to overcome the Egyptian lead 18-11. I know Egypt is a good team but they were not good today maybe because they still complaining of the time difference since coming from Japan.
China team captain, Shen Qiong:
I’m happy with our performance today because we had also difficult problems as we had injured players since the last weekend against Poland. In the third set we succeeded to overcome the good Egyptian service and we managed the situation finally to our side
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