Russian Trio Leads in Four-Set Win Over Mexico as Team Tops Pool A

  0 Wendy Mayer | July 15th, 2017 | African Volleyball, European volleyball, International Volleyball, News

2017 FIVB VOLLEYBALL U20 World Championships – Women

Pool A

Bulgaria def. Egypt 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-23)

Russia def. Mexico 3-1 (25-15, 23-25, 25-17, 25-14)


Russia stayed in the driver’s seat atop Pool A with a four-set win over Mexico, including a dominant offensive effort, while Bulgaria used its offensive prowess to overcome an error-riddled effort in a sweep of Egypt.

Pool A

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Russia 2 0 6 6 2 3.000 197 138 1.428
2  Bulgaria 1 1 3 4 3 1.333 142 160 0.888
3  Mexico 1 1 2 4 5 0.800 181 206 0.879
4  Egypt 0 2 1 2 6 0.333 169 185 0.914

Bulgaria 3, Egypt 0

Bulgaria piled up 47 kills in a three-set win over Egypt, overcoming a 30 error performance.

The Bulgarians posted 25 more kills (22 for Egypt) and two more aces (6-4), to get past a 15-error deficit (15 for Egypt) for the victory. Each team managed six blocks.

Aleksandra Milanova (12), Kathryn Dimitrova (11) and Emileta Racheva (11) led the way for Bulgaria. Milanova and Dimitrova put down nine kills apiece, while Racheva added eight. Racheva also served up a team-best three aces, while Milanova chipped in two perfect serves.

Only Nada Meawad managed to score in double figures for Egypt, posting 10 points, including nine kills. Maya Mohamed and Nourallah Amin added six points apiece, each turning in two blocks.


Russia 3, Mexico 1

The only close set in the match between Russia and Mexico was a two-point decision for the Mexicans in Set 2. The Russians dominated the rest of the statistics, winning the offensive battle (55-33 in kills), the block (10-8) and the serve (9-6 in aces). Both teams committed 24 errors in the match.

Maria Vorobyeva paced the Russia attack with 16 points, including 14 kills and two aces. Anna Kotikova managed 14 points, including 13 kills in a reserve role the first three sets and as a starter in the fourth. Victoriia Russu chipped in 13 points, including a team-best three blocks.

Uxue Amaya Guereca Parra and Karla Daniela Mireles Valdez posted nine points apiece, with seven kills and two aces each, to lead Russia. Karina Angelica Florea Gamez (8) and Samantha Paola Villegas Betancourt (7) followed. Gamez put up a team-leading five blocks.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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