FIVB U21 Championships
- June 23-July 2, 2017
- Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
Classification Matches 9-12
Turkey 3, Egypt 1 (25-21, 20-25, 28-26, 31-29)
Italy 3, Ukraine 0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-18)
Turkey 3, Egypt 1
Turkey’s Adis Lagumdzija racked up 36 points against Egypt, lifting his side to a four-set win.
Turkey overcame a surge by Egypt in Set 1. The Egyptians took an early six-point lead in Set 2 and carried on to the 25-20 win. Turkey rebounded by edging its foe 28-26 and 31-29 in the final two stanzas. The fourth set saw the victors rally from a 12-4 deficit and thwart a few Egyptian set point chances in route to the win.
“We played well I think, it was point-by-point but we did it,” Turkish coach Ali Kazim Hidayetoglu said.
Turkey boasted a 62-54 lead in kills and an 8-6 lead in aces. Egypt outblocked its foe 18-16 and had help from five more miscues (25-20), but could not turn the advantages into a victory.
Lagumdzija recorded his 36 points with a match-high 28 kills, team-leading five blocks and three aces. Abdullah Cam (14), Batuhan Avci (12) and Halil Ibrahim Kurt (10) also added double-digit point tallies. Avci registered 10 kills, while Cam added nine as well as three blocks and two aces. Kurt also chipped in two perfect serves.
Abdelrahman Seoudy paced Egypt with 18 points, including 13 kills, three blocks and a team-best two aces. Omar Aly (17), Omar Mohamed (12) and Mohamed Aly (11) followed. Omar Aly downed a team-leading 14 kills, while Mohamed managed eight kills and a team-best four blocks in just two sets of action.
“We made a lot of silly mistakes,” Egypt coach Maged Mohamed said. “We have to battle for the eleventh place tomorrow.”
Italy 3, Ukraine 0
It is on to the ninth place match for Italy after besting Ukraine in all facets of a sweep on Saturday.
Italy outdid its foes in kills (35-26), blocks (9-3), aces (7-4) and in limiting miscues (17-24).
“I am glad for my players,” Italian coach Michele Totire said. “We came here to place us in the top eight. Today it was an easy match. We played for our flag. With our batteries running on empty, I ask a new goal from my players to fight for.”
Giulio Pinali and Paolo Zonca led the Italians with 16 and 15 points respectively. Pinal chipped in 13 kills, two blocks and an ace, while Zonca did his damaged from the service line, adding five aces to his nine-kill tally.
“We didn’t see an Ukrainian team on the field of play, only Italian,” Ukrainian coach Mykola Pasazhin said. “Italy was better in every aspect of the game. They played with a great desire to win.”
Rohozhyn Andrii paced Ukraine with nine points, tallying six kills, two blocks and an ace. Three players chipped in six points apiece: Tymofii Poluian, Ostapenko Volodymyr and Oleh Plotnytskyi. Plotnytskyi matched Andrii with a team-leading six kills.
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