Russia and Brazil Remain Undefeated with Four Set Wins at MU21 WC

  0 Derek Johnson | June 27th, 2017 | Brazilian Volleyball, Canadian Volleyball, European volleyball, International Volleyball, South American Volleyball


  • Pool F
  • June 27th-29th, 2017
  • Brno, Czech Republic
  • MU21 World Championship Round 2
  • Schedule/Results

Pool F Standings:

1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 3.000 94 79 1.189
1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 3.000 102 86 1.186
1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0.333 86 102 0.843
1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0.333 79 94 0.840

Pool F was the second pool filled with the top eight as Brazil and Russia went 3-0 in the first week while Argentina and Canada each went 2-1. With two spots in the semifinal round up for grabs from the pool, Brazil and Russia got off to strong starts with four-set victories. Brazil and Russia now sit at 4-0 overall in the Men’s U21 World Championship.

Argentina and Canada drop to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in Pool F, as they will exchange opponents tomorrow before meeting up with each other on Thursday.

RUSSIA DEF. ARGENTINA 3-1 (25-23, 25-15, 27-29, 25-19)

The underdog Argentina side played Russia tightly, even taking a set, but were unable to give the Russians their first loss of the tournament.

Both teams were in it in the first set, but behind Dmitry Yakovlev (match-high 24 points) and Anton Semyshev (22 points), Russia’s offense clicked just enough for a 25-23 set win. Sometimes a tight-set win can give a side momentum to the next, which seemed to happen as Russia stormed ahead and won 25-15 for a 2-0 set advantage. Jan Martinez Franchi and Juan Horacio Bucciarelli were the only Argentinians in double-digit points at 18 and 12 respectively as they wouldn’t let Argentina fall in three. They pulled Argentina through for a 29-27 set win as it was the first set loss of the tournament for Russia. The fourth was owned by Semyshev though, who had eight points in the final set as he lead Russia to the 25-19 win, and 3-1 victory.

“It was a nervous game,” Russian head coach Vladimir Khromenkov told FIVB. “Argentina has a very strong team. I had to give emotions to my team to win against Argentina.”

The Russians also had Ivan Piskarev (14 points) and Aleksei Kononov (12 points) in double-figures as Russia’s offense was more aggressive with 12 more attack errors, but had 66 spikes to Argentina’s 51. They also had 14 blocks to five from Argentina in addition to serving more aces (4-0).

The win gives Russia a 1-0 start to Pool F and a 4-0 beginning to the U21 World Championship. They’ll take on Canada tomorrow with a chance of securing a spot in the final four.

On the other side, Argentina now is 2-2 overall and will need to win tomorrow against Brazil and their final match with Canada to have a shot at the semifinal round.

“We can play better,” Argentinian captain and setter Ignacio Roberts said post-match. “We are not happy about our performance, but we have two more matches and we are now thinking about them.”

BRAZIL DEF. CANADA 3-1 (25-15, 19-25, 25-23, 25-16)

Brazil started the day at 3-0 while Canada came into the match at 2-1 with both at a fresh 0-0 in Pool F. Although Canada gave Brazil its first set loss in the second, they didn’t have enough to pull out the victory over the Brazilian side.

Brazil shell-shocked Canada in the opening set. A mix of Canadian errors and Brazilian execution gave the first set to Brazil, 25-15. Canada proved Brazil wasn’t unstoppable though as Fynnian Lionel Mccarthy, who had eight points and four blocks, pushed Canada to a 25-19 win to tie the match 1-1. Regardless of Taryq Sani (22 points) and Eric Loeppky (14 points) showing up strongly in the set, Brazil pulled through 25-23 behind an attack that featured five players with seven or more points. Felipe Moreira Roque and Victor Aleksander Almeida Cardoso led the charge as they combined for 32 points. After winning a tight third, the fourth was a breeze as Brazil pulled away to win it 25-16 and take the match, 3-1.

Canada out-played Brazil at the net on the defensive side, out-blocking Brazil 11-5. However, Brazil had more aces (5-2) and were more efficient on offense with 48 kills to Canada’s 40 in addition to 10 less attack errors.

“Canada has a great team and we needed some time to reach our ideal performance,” Brazilian captain Silva Goncalves told FIVB after the match. “Now we are already thinking about next match.”

That next match for Brazil will come against fellow South American nation Argentina. It’ll be an opportunity for Brazil to clinch a spot in the semifinal round (if Russia also defeats Canada).

For Canada, they now need to win their final two as they fall to 2-2 and 0-1 in Pool F. They’ll have Russia tomorrow and Argentina in two days.

“We are disappointed because we did not win today,” Canadian head coach Gino Brousseau said after Canada’s loss. “We knew our opponents are strong, but we succeeded in coming back into the game and then we did well. However, we lost patience and the match too.”

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