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27 July 2013
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 26, 2013- Poland, Japan and Brazil finished at the master seen of events on the opening of the 2013 Girls' Youth World Championship that got underway here in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Friday. The first and second claimed thrilling tie- break win against surprising Greece and China respectively, while the third (Brazil) had the biggest fight against emerging Dominicans in the match of the day.
Thailand beat Egypt 3-1
Hosts and World ranked 19 Thailand flew past World No 12 Egypt in tight game 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19) in their opening pool C match at Chatchai Gym.
Thailand dominated the match attended by 2500 spectators through the proper work in defence and the attacking strategy they applied using the defects in the Egyptian block. Jiraporn Chaymon led the winner's scorers with 29 points followed by team captain Patcharaporn Sittisad 17. Sarah Hanfy led Egypt's scorers with 17 points followed by Haidy Kandel and Malak Badway 8 points each.
Serbia beat Tunisia 3-0
World No. 7 Serbia opened FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship on the right foot with a convincing 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-7) win in Pool A over world No.24 Tunisia at Chatchai Gym.
Bojana Milenkovic led the Serbian scorers with 13 points followed by Maja Aleksic 12 points. Jihen Mohamed led Tunisian scorers with 7 points.
The Serbian team overwhelmed the field using their height dominance except during the second set when Tunisia improved relatively their defense to reach the draw 20-20 which was the only draw for them throughout the match.
Poland beat Greece 3-2
Gallant Poland cleared their first hurdle in their Pool B encounter against Greece by producing an exceptional come-from-behind 3-2 (20-25 26-28 25-20 28-26 15-10) victory over Greece in at the Liptapanlop Hall.
Greece, ranked 33 in the world, attacked right from the opening whistle in the first set against world No.6 Poland, With the 196cm-tall Anthi Vasilantonaki penetrating the Poland’s defence with her aggressive spikes and Alexandra Champilomati carrying out powerful jump spikes.
Japan beat China 3-2
Gritty Japan gunned down China in hotly-contested five-set thriller 27-25 18-25 24-26 25-20 17-15 in an all-Asians battle of the Pool B clash at the Liptapanlop Hall on Friday.
China, current world No.1 and second place at the previous world meet in Turkey two years ago, lost before their home fans to Japan in the showdown of the Asian Youth Girls Championship last year. Thus, they aimed high to make amends for that humiliating loss.
China, former three-time world champions, fielded a tall and towering line-up including the 199cm Yuan Xinyue and the 192cm Wang Yunlu in their tough opener against Asian winners Japan.
Slovenia beat Algeria 3-0
World ranked 33 Slovenia overcame No 16 Algeria 3-0 (25-6, 25-19, 25-20) in the opening Pool C match at Chatchai Gym..
Algerian team committed plenty of errors specially in reception and backline defence allowing their opponent to control the match.
Katja Mihalinec paced the winners with 13 points including a aces, while Sasa Zdovc and Ana Bernardi contributed 7 and 6 respectively. Algeria's Yasmine Abderrahim Nawal Hammouche led the defeated side with 7 points each.
Brazil beat Dominican Republic 3-1
Brazil overcame sluggish start to beat the spirited Dominican Republic team 3-1 (15-25, 33-31, 25-8, 32-) in their opening Pool C match at Chatchai Hall.
Laiza Ferreira leads Brazil scorers with impressive 17 points followed by opposite Lorenne Geraldo (16 pts). Dominican's spiker Natalia Martinez led her team and also the whole match scorers by 22 points.
Peru beat Mexico 3-0
Peru, ranked No. 10 in the FIVB World Rankings, got off to a flying start winning 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-13) in their opening Pool D match against Mexico at the Lipataplop Hall.
Peru’s win was largely down to powerful wing spiker, Angela Leyva. World No.15 Mexico, whose height average is 180cm against the rivals' 176cm, hit back bravely. The 194cm-Ana Valle, the tallest player on the Mexico team, came out with fast spikes to help her country.
Turkey beat Italy 3-1
Reigning champions Turkey pulled off a magnificent come-from-behind 3-1 (19-25 25-19 25-17 25-23) victory over Italy in their first Pool D match at the Liptapanlop Hall.
Turkey’s Pelin Aroguz scored a match-high 22 points, while Anna Nicoletti emerged as the top scorer for Italy after bagging 23 points.
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