China claim fourth historic gold at Girls' U18 World Championship

5 August 2013

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, August 4, 2013 – China captured their fourth gold medal at the FIVB Girls' U18 World championship with a straight sets win over mighty USA (25-16, 25-21, 25-23) in the final match at both Chatchai hall in Nakhon Ratshasima on Sunday.


It was a record fourth gold medal for China in their ninth participation at this age category, one more title than Brazil has won, added to their previous wins in 2001, 2003 and 2007 and the fifth overall medal. on the other hand the silver medal for USA is the best ever performance so far in 8 participations, the best before was the fourth position in 2003 and 2005.


 Brazil maintained their position on the podium by gaining the bronze medal with a straight sets victory over the competition dark horses, Peru 3-0 (25-29, 25-12, 25-23, 25-12) in the third place match.


 Brazil, the only team to participate in every edition of the World Championship U18 so far, got their second bronze medal in their history after 2003 edition to be added to 3 more gold in 1997, 2005 and 2009 and 4 silver medals in 1989, 1991, 1999 and 2001.


 Japan finished 5th following a thrilling five setter against Serbia and Poland claimed the 7th with a win against Dominican Republic.


 After the final, the Thai Minister of sport Mr Somporn Chaibabangyang, along with the FIVB Control Committee headed by Mr Theofanis Tsiokris honoured the best players with their trophies then the medallists China, USA and Brazil. 


Gold Medal match

China v USA 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-23)


 China won the gold medal at the Girls' Under-18 World Championship beating USA in straight sets (25-16, 25-21, 25-23) in 68 minutes at Chatchi Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima.


Xinyue Yuan scored 16 points as her team’s best scorer, followed by Yunlu Wang with 14.


China surprisingly put early and consistent pressure on the Americans, who struggled to get back into the match. China sent a warning to the Americans at the start of the match through their quick attacks using centers Xinyue Yuan and Hu Mingyuan. They blocked well and sent their attacks away from the USA blockers to win the first set by a wide margin, 25-16.


The Chinese players were focused at the start of the second set, while the U.S. had trouble with their defence and couldn't apply their attacking strategy. China took the lead, but USA came back when setter Jordyn Poulter did some good work in setting for her teammates. China’s coach fielded substitute center Yuanyuan Wang as they took the second set 25-21.


The Americans committed a number of errors in reception and attacks in the third set although their spikers did managed some success. But the Chinese were serving very well and were able to maintain their pressure and the lead throughout the set to 20-15. USA tried to save the match, but with a quick attack from Xinyue Yuan the job was completed and China claimed the gold medal.


Bronze Medal match

Brazil v Peru 3-0 (25-29, 25-12, 25-23, 25-12)


Brazil gained their ninth medal in their 13 participations at Girls' U18 World Championship with a victory in the bronze medal match in straight sets (25-29, 25-12, 25-23, 25-12) against Peru in the third place match at Chatchi Hall.


Peru got their best result in 8 participations equivalent to their same position 20 years ago.


Brazil's center Gabriela Silva was the match star with her competition best blocking performance of 9 killing blocks beside her spiking from the center of the net to come as match scorer with 13 points. Simply Gaby was the secret to stop the efficient Peruvian opposite attacker Angela Leyva who scored her less record of only 12 points during the match although she kept as her team top scorer in that match.


 Brazil did a good scouting for their opponent and succeeded to make a solid barrier against them through the tight blocking at the wings of the net as well as the tight backline defence led by the libero Lais Vasques who did well in defence.


Peru tried to enter the match only in the second set when they started to use the combinations the deceive Brazil block and succeeded to come near all through but Brazil worked well with the outside hitters to win the set.


 Peru players were exhausted after they played 5 sets the night before against China in the semifinal, thus they couldn't upset Brazil power to lose the match in straight sets.


Match for the 5th place

Japan v Serbia 3-2 (14-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 15-13) 


Japan ended their FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship journey with 5th position leaving Serbia at the 6th position after their epic win 3-2 (14-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 15-13)  at Chatchai Hall.


This is the seventh best outcome for Japan who won the title twice in their history out of 11 participations. It was the same position achieved twice in 2001 and 2009. For the Serbians it is the worst rank in their overall four participations.


 With a lot of motivations and victory spirit Japan succeeded to rebound from two sets behind to win the third and fourth sets and gain the match after a thriller tiebreak.


 Effiecent spiker Mizuki Yanagita played her best and was the main factor of victory not only with her 28 points scored as a match scorer, but also for the passion she gave to her colleague specially in the tiebreak. She was followed by Kaori Mabashi who scored 18 points.In the Serbian side, the usual scoring machine Tijana Boskovi was again her team scorer with 19 points followed by Sara Lozo 16.


Match for the 7th place

Poland v Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-11, 19, 25, 25-16, 25-14)


 Poland ended their FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship campaign in the optimum performance as they thrashed  Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-11, 19, 25, 25-16, 25-14) in the 7th and 8th positions match at Chatchai Hall.


 Poland improved all their errors in the last matches and played a wonderful game to gain the 7th position, three places back to their fourth position in Turkey 2011. Dominican Republic finished in the 8th position making their best performance like in 2001 and 2007.


 Poland's attackers Malwina Smarzek and Malgorzata Smieszek were the key factor behind the victory with their steady performance throughout the match. The first was the match scorer with 17 points all from killing hits and the second had a tally of 16 points including 2 blocks and three ace services. Dominican's opposite Galia Gonzalez led her team scorers by 14 points, while out of from Elizabeth Martinez who is one of the competition scorers gave a much less outcome, scoring only 8 points.


Match for the 9th place

Turkey v Italy 3-2 (25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 18-25, 15-12)


Devastating Turkey pulled off a hard-fought five-set win 25-22 25-21 20-25 18-25 15-12  over a fired-up Italy to finish ninth position at Liptapanlop Hall.


Turkey, which made history to be crowned world champions in the 2011 edition on home soil following a stunning win over China in the final showdown, started an attack game right from the opening whistle in the tough match against the Italians.


Pelin Aroguz led Turkey with 18 points, while Laura Grigolo scored a match-high 15 points for Italy.


Match for the 11th place

Chinese Taipei v Greece 3-1 (25-23, 25-18, 14-25, 25-22)


 Mall and agile Chinese Taipei defied the odds to topple much stronger Greece in a dramatic four-set match (25-23, 25-18, 14-25, 25-22) to finish in 11th place.


Tseng Wan Ling top-scored with 18 points for Chinese Taipei, 16 of them from her devastating attacks. Anthi Vasilantonaki led Greece with 28 points, including 21 kills from 60 attempts.


With the win, Chinese Taipei jumped for joy as they finished in 11th place, while Greece had to be content with 12th place. 


Match for the 13th place

Slovenia v Puerto Rico 3-1 (25-17, 27-25, 24-26, 26-24)


Debutantes Slovenia struggled hard to beat spirited Puerto Rico in closely-contested four sets 25-17, 27-25, 24-26, 26-24 to return with the 13th position.


Ela Pintar led Slovenia with 16 points, with Patricia Montero emerging as the top scorer for Puerto Rico with 19 points, all of them through her exceptional spikes.


Match for the 15th place

Egypt v Thailand 3-2 (20-25 25-21 25-20 18-25 15-8)


Determined Egypt avenged their group-stage loss to Thailand to overpower the hosts in grueling hard-fought five sets 20-25 25-21 25-20 18-25 15-8 to finish the well-earned 15th place. in the Girls’ U18 World Championship at the Liptapanlop Hall on Sunday.


Following the loss, Thailand came in a disappointing 16th place in this World Championship, a far cry from the previous episode in Turkey two years ago when they outclassed less-experienced Egypt in the 13th-14th playoff.


Egypt’s Malak Badawy scored a match-high 20 points, while Thailand’s majority points came from Jiraporn Chaymon, who collected 26 points including 22 kills from 79 attempts.


Classification round 17-20 (Round Robin)

17th: Argentina

18th: Mexico

19th: Tunisia

20th: Algeria


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Final Ranking

1        China

2        USA

3        Brazil

4        Peru

5        Japan

6        Serbia

7        Poland

8        Dominican Republic

9         Turkey  

10         Italy 

11         Chinese Taipei  

12         Greece 

13        Slovenia

14        Puerto Rico

15        Egypt

16        Thailand

17        Argentina

18        Mexico

19        Tunisia

20        Algeria


Best players

MVP: Xinyue Yuan (China)

Best team of the competition:

Best setter: Jordyn Poulter (USA)

Best opposite: Angela Leyva (Peru)

Best outside hitters: Elizabeth Martinez (Dominican Republic) and Yunlu Wang (China)

Best middle blockers: Xinyue Yuan (China) and Audriana Fitzmorris (USA)

Best libero: Minori Wada (Japan)


Women’s U20 World Championship honour

2013      China

2011      Turkey

2009      Brazil

2007      China

2005      Brazil

2003      China

2001      China

1999      Japan

1997      Brazil

1995      Japan

1993:     Russia

1991:     Korea

1989:     USSR





2013 Girls'U18 World Championship Performances

Best Scorers

1.Yanagita Mizuki  159

2.Leyva Angela  157

3.Yuan Xinyue 152

4.Martinez Brayelin Elizabeth 149

5.Vasilantonaki Anthi 148

6.Smarzek Malwina 139

7.Boskovi Tijana  137

8.Chaymon Jiraporn 132

9.Aroguz Pelin 129

10.Strantzali Olga 120


Top Scoring Performances

36 – Mizuki Yanagita of Japan v China (July 26)

34 – Smarzek Malwina of Poland v Greece (July 26)

30 – Angela Leyva of Peru v China (August 3)

29 – Chaymon Jiraporn of Thailand v Egypt (July 26)

29 – Elizabeth Martinez (Dominican) v Turkey (August 1)

28 – Anthi Vasilantonaki (Greece) v Taipei (August 4)

28 – Mizuki Yanagita (Japan) v Serbia (August 4)

28 – Patcharaporn Sittisad of Thailand v Puerto Rico (July 29)

28 – Malwina Smarzek (Poland) v China (July 27)

27 – Elizabeth Martinez (Dominican) v China (August 2)

27 – Patricia Montero (Dominican) v Taipei (August 2)

26 – Tijana Boskovi (Serbia) v Dominican Rep (August 3)

26 – Genesis Miranda (Puerto Rico) v Poland (August 1)

26 – Jiraporn Chaymon (Thailand) v Egypt (August 4)


Top Blocking Performances

9 – Gabriela Silva (Beazil) v Peru (August 4)

7 – Ioanna Gkountimenko (Greece) v Slovenia (August 2)

6 – Anthi Vasilantonaki (Greece) v Taipei (August 4)

6 – Ela Pintar (Slovenia) v Puerto Rico (August 4)

6 – Joscelyn Coronel (Puerto Rico) v Slovenia (August 4)

6 – Youanyuan (China) v Peru (August 3)

6 – Youanyuan (China) v Poland (July 27)

6 – Arelya Karasoy (Turkey) v Peru (July 29)

6 – Laiza Ferreira (Brazil) v Japan (August 2)

6 – Montero Patricia (Puerto Rico) v Chinese Taipei (August 2)


Top Serving Performances

8 – Anita Sobocan of Slovenia v USA (July 27)

6 – Elina Rodiguez of Argentina v Poland (July 28)

6 – Patcharaporn Sittisad of Thailand v Puerto Rico (July 29)

5 – Lorenne Geraldo of Brazil v Algeria (July 27)

5 – Sirine Bouraoui of Tunisia v Puerto Rico (July 27)

5 – Nika Markovic (Slovenia) v Thailand (August 3)


Highest Scorers by day

34 – Smarzek Malwina of Poland v Greece (July 26)

28 – Malwina Smarzek (Poland) v China (July 27)

26 – Angela Leyva (Peru) v Chinese Taipei (July 28)

28 – Patcharaporn Sittisad of Thailand v Puerto Rico (July 29)

23 – Elizabeth Martinez (Dominican) v Slovenia (July 30)

29 – Elizabeth Martinez (Dominican) v Turkey (August 1)

27 – Elizabeth Martinez (Dominican) v China (August 2)

27 – Patricia Montero (Dominican) v Taipei (August 2)

30 – Angela Leyva of Peru v China (August 3)

28 – Anthi Vasilantonaki (Greece) v Taipei (August 4)

28 – Mizuki Yanagita (Japan) v Serbia (August 4)


Highest Set Score

Pool A: Thailand v Puerto Rico 30-28

Pool B: Argentina v Japan 34-32

Pool C: Brazil v Dominican Republic 33-31

Pool D: Italy v Peru 28-26

Round of 16: Turkey v Dominican 28-30

Classification 17-20:Tunisia v Mexico 23-25

Quarterfinal:Poland v USA 24-26

Classification 9-16: Puerto Rico v Tapei 26-28

Finals: Puerto Rico v Slovenia 26-24


Highest Scoring Matches

Pool A: Thailand v Puerto Rico 3-1 (25-21, 28-30, 25-21, 25-23)– 198 points

Pool B: Argentina v Greece 3-2 (20-25, 26-28, 25-20, 28-26, 15-10)– 223 points

Pool C: Brazil v Dominican Republic 3-1  (15-25, 33-31, 25-8, 32-30)– 199  points

Pool D: Italy v Peru 2-3 (28-26, 25-19, 20-25, 22-25, 13-15) - 218 points

Round of 16: Brazil v Italy 3-2 (18-25, 25-14, 25-23, 22-25, 15-7) - 199 points

Classification 17-20:Tunisia v Mexico: 0-3 (25-23, 25-21, 25-15) - 134 points

Quarterfinals: Dominican v China 2-3 (25-22, 25-20, 11-25, 22-25, 6-15) - 196 points

Class. 9-16: Puerto Rico v Taipei 2-3 (20-25, 26-28, 25-21, 25-18, 8-15) - 211 points

Finals:ITA v TUR 2-3 (22-25 21-25 25-20 25-18 12-15) - 208 points




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