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Japan, Russia, Iran and Korea secure Boys’ U19 World Championship final four berths

 
Riffa, Bahrain, August 25, 2017 – Japan, Russia, Iran and Korea edged out their rivals on Friday, to secure semifinal berths in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at the Isa City Sports Hall.

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Japan and Iran are undefeated in six matches in the Boys’ U19 World Championship. Japan secured their semifinal spot with a stunning straight-set (25-22, 25-18, 25-22) win over the Czech Republic, while Iran ruled with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-15) win over Brazil.

In the all-European quarterfinal clash, Russia came up with a brilliant performance in the last two sets to survive their rivals France 3-2 (25-27, 26-24, 23-25, 25-19, 16-14). Im Donghyeok and Kim Sunho’s big scoring performances led Korea to confirm their entry to the final four with a 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-20, 25-19) win over Egypt.



Argentina, China, Turkey and Italy won their matches in the classification for 9th-16th place. Argentina edged Puerto Rico 3-1 (26-24, 25-12, 21-25, 25-17) and China showed USA a tough fight after they won 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 29-27, 25-20).

In other matches, Turkey captain Adis Lagumdzija went on an attack spree to power his team to dominate hosts Bahrain 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-23). For Italy, it was defence that figured in their 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-17) win over Cuba, as Lorenzo Cortesia had five of the team’s 17 blocks.



In the playoffs for 17th-20th place, Mexico got their second win in another tie-break match, while Poland earned their first win in the tournament. Mexico made prevailed 3-2 (19-25, 25-21, 17-25, 25-22, 15-7) over Chile. Poland, on the other hand, bagged an easy 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-13) win over Tunisia.



Top Scorer by Day
30 – Gabriel Garcia of Puerto Rico v Tunisia on August 18
28 – Porya Yali of Iran v Italy on August 19
34 – Youssef Hamdy Awad (Elsafy) of Egypt v Tunisia on August 20
35 – Donghyeok Im of Korea v Argentina on August 21
30 – Celestin Cardin of France v Poland on August 22
32 – Yousef Hamdy Awad of Egypt v Cuba on August 24
32 – Lazaro Brunet of Cuba v Egypt on August 24
26 – Diego Gonzalez of Mexico v Cuba on August 25
26 – Donghyeok Im of Korea v Egypt on August 25

Top Scoring Performances
35 – Donghyeok Im of Korea v Argentina on August 21
34 – Youssef Hamdy Awad (Elsafy) of Egypt v Tunisia on August 20
32 – Yousef Hamdy Awad of Egypt v Cuba on August 24
32 – Lazaro Brunet of Cuba v Egypt on August 24
30 – Celestin Cardin of France v Poland on August 22
30 – Gabriel Garcia of Puerto Rico v Tunisia on August 18
28 – Porya Yali of Iran v Italy on August 19
27 – Adis Lagumdzija of Turkey v Argentina on August 22
26 – Diego Gonzalez of Mexico v Cuba on August 25
26 – Donghyeok Im of Korea v Egypt on August 25
26 – Remigiusz Kapica of Poland v Chile on August 24
26 – Victor Aleksander Cardoso of Brazil v France on August 18
23 – Jaylen Jasper of United States v Egypt on August 22
23 – Remi Bassereau of France v Brazil on August 18

Top Individual Serving Performances
5 – Morteza Sharifi of Iran v China on August 21
4 – Stanislav Antonov of Russia v China on August 24
4 – Pavel Tetyukhin of Russia v China on August 24
4 – Amirhossein Esfandiar of Iran v Turkey on August 24
4 – Raiko Altunaga Serosa of Cuba v Poland on August 20
4 – Ondrej Piskacek of Czech Republic v Mexico on August 19
4 – Cong Tian of China v Mexico on August 18
3 – Ikje Choi Korea v Russia on August 22
3 – Ahmet Tumer of Turkey v Argentina on August 22
3 – Pierre Toledo of France v Poland on August 22

Top Team Serving Performances
14 – Russia v China on August 24
9 – China v United States on August 25
9 – Italy v Cuba on August 25
9 – Turkey v Argentina on August 22
9 – Russia v Chile on August 21
9 – United States v Tunisia on August 21
9 – Iran v China on August 21
8 – France v Brazil on August 18
8 – Italy v Czech Republic on August 18
7 – Cuba v Poland on August 20
7 – Czech Republic v Mexico on August 19

Top Individual Blocking Performances
10 – Artem Melnikov of Russia v Korea on August 22
9 – Alex Rusch of Chile v Mexico on August 25
9 – Luis Vidal Allen Serrano of Cuba v Poland on August 20
7 – Nicolas Zerba of Argentina v Korea on August 21
6 – Nicolas Zerba of Argentina v Czech Republic on August 24
6 – Luis Vidal Allen Serrano of Cuba v France on August 19
6 – Lorenzo Cortesia of Italy v Czech Republic on August 18

Top Team Blocking Performances
20 – Russia v France on August 25
19 – Bahrain v Puerto Rico on August 21
18 – Cuba v Poland on August 20 
18 – Puerto Rico v Tunisia on August 18
17 – Turkey v Argentina on August 22
15 – Argentina v Czech Republic on August 24
15 – Italy v Iran on August 19

Highest Scoring Sets
40-38 – France v Poland on August 22
32-30 – Tunisia v Egypt on August 20
32-30 – Puerto Rico v Tunisia on August 18
30-28 – Tunisia v United States on August 21
29-27 – Egypt v Puerto Rico on August 19
28-26 – Chile v Poland on August 24
29-27 – China v United States on August 25

Highest Scoring Matches
229 – Puerto Rico v Tunisia 3-2 (20-25, 25-18, 30-32, 25-22,17-15) on August 18
224 – Russia v France 3-2 (25-27, 26-24, 23-25, 25-19, 16-14) on August 25
223 – United States v Tunisia 3-2 (28-30, 22-25, 25-19, 26-24,15-9) on August 21
223 – Japan v France 3-2 (24-26, 27-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13) on August 20
218 – France v Poland 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-20, 40-38) on August 22
208 – Iran v Italy 3-2 (25-16, 23-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12) on August 19
205 – Mexico v Tunisia 3-2 (25-18, 25-21, 18-25, 22-25, 15-11) on August 24

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