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Elsafy scores 32 in Egypt’s epic comeback win over Cuba

 
Riffa, Bahrain, August 24, 2017 – Youssef Hamdy Awad (Elsafy) recorded 32 points in Egypt’s 3-2 (25-19, 23-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-10) win over Cuba in the Round of 16 of the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at the Isa City Sports Hall on Thursday.

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Elsafy’s 32 points were built on 28 attacks and four blocks that lifted Egypt in their great comeback. Cuban Lazaro Yoelvis Brunet Llanes also made 32 points, but the team’s 34 errors figured in their loss.

Elsafy commanded Egypt to a first set win, while Brunet dominated on offence for Cuba in the second frame. Brunet still led Cuba on the attack to make it two set-wins in a row. Egypt bounced back and forced a tie-breaker, then carried their momentum to the next set as they started a 4-0 run. Cuba committed some costly attack turnovers that gave away set and match to the African side.

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