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Undefeated Japan and Iran cruise into quarterfinals

 
Riffa, Bahrain, August 24, 2017 – Unbeaten Asian teams Japan and Iran head into the quarterfinals with the Czech Republic, Russia, France, Brazil, Korea and Egypt after recording victories 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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Japan and Iran kept their strong bid in the Boys’ U19 World Championship going as they kept their win-records clean with five victories. Japan opened the Round of 16 competition with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-21) win over Puerto Rico, then their Asian rivals Iran made it to the top eight after defeating Turkey 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-13).



Korea are the third Asian team that made it to the top eight, after completing their 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-13) triumph over Italy. In other matches, France swept USA 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-20) to join the winner’s circle, together with Brazil, who overpowered hosts Bahrain 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-18).



The Czech Republic had excellent come-from-behind victories in the first two sets to beat Argentina 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 25-21), then European powerhouse Russia utilised their great service game against China to win 3-1 (22-25, 25-12, 25-16, 25-13).

Egypt completed the quarterfinals roster after a great comeback in the last two sets to finish with a 3-2 (25-19, 23-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-10) win over Cuba.



In the playoffs for 17th-20th place, Mexico and Chile finally broke into the win-column with victories over Tunisia and Poland, respectively. Mexico defeated Tunisia in a five-set encounter 3-2 (25-18, 25-21, 18-25, 22-25, 15-11). Chile had a better finish over Poland 3-1 (28-26, 13-25, 25-21, 25-18).


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

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 – 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 – 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 – 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
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

Highest Scoring Matches
229 – Puerto Rico v Tunisia 3-2 (20-25, 25-18, 30-32, 25-22,17-15) on August 18
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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