Third in a row for Russian men’s volleyball


Russian players celebrate their victory during the Award Ceremony.

Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico, September 20, 2015 - Russia won their third crown in a row after a victory over Argentina in five sets  (20-25, 18-25, 25-16, 25-21 and 15-11).  

Russia played their first tie-break at the World Championship but could solve the match in their favor after a 0-2 deficit. Dmitry Volkov scored 24 points for the defending champions, while Denis Bogdan finished with 16, Sergei Pirainen tallied 13 and Maxim Belogortcev 12.

For Argentina Bruno Lima was the top scorer with 16 points, while Nicolas Lazo scored 14.

The South Americans had a dominant start of the game and even neutralized Russian reaction in the first set. Argentina made the best from Russians mistakes and took concentration as well as some advantage on the scoreboard.

For Russia this was their third championship in a row in this category after winning the editions of 2011 in Brazil and 2013 in Turkey.

China 3-1 Brazil (Bronze medal)

China won the bronze medal by scores of 25-19, 25-21, 27-29 and 25-21. Rodrigo Leao topped the actions for the Brazilian team with 21 points, while Caio Oliveira scored 17 and Gabriel Kavalkievicz scored 11.

Libin Liu finished with 18 points for China, while Zhejia Zhang scored 15 units. China distributed the ball along with Yuanbo Li and Runtao Xia, who also recorded double digits. Li finished with 13 points and Xia with 12.

Italy 3-0 Turkey (Fifth place)
Italy finished with the fifth place after beating Turkey in straight sets. Scores were 25-22, 25-17, 25-16 after one hour and 9 minutes of game.

Marco Pierotti was the top scorer of Italy with 14 points. He was followed by Andrea Argenta, who recorded 12. Giacomo Raffaelli also registered double digits, as he tallied 11 points.

Once again, Yasin Aydin was the leading scorer for Turkey, that really struggled against the Italian offense. Aydin rescued 16 points for the Turkish team, while Melih Siratca closed with 11.

Slovenia 3-1 Canada (Seventh place)
Slovenia finished in the seventh place after beating Canada 3-1 (23-25, 25-28, 25-28, 25-11).

Stern Toncek and Jan Kozamernik finished as top scorers for Slovenia with 12 points apiece, while Jure Okroglic scored 11.

Brandon Koppers topped for Canada with 16 units, followed by Blake Scheerhorn, who scored 9, as well as Andrew Richards.

Canada controlled the blocking game by leading 10-6 with Gabriel Chancy and Brandon Koppers (with 3 and 2 blocking points, respectively). However they surrendered 45 points by mistake and Slovenia only 21.

Poland 3-0 (Ninth place)
Poland finished in ninth place at the FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship after beating France 3-0 (25-20, 20-28, 25-19).

Aleksander Sliwka was the best player with 17 points, while Rafal Szymura closed with 11, both for Poland, that also had another player with double digit as Bartlomiej Lemanski scored 10 points.

Luka Basic was the top scorer for France with 9 points, while Timothée Carle registered 8. France could not work with their serve as they had no aces, while Poland finished with two by Marcin Komenda.

USA 3-2 Iran (Eleventh place)
The United States defeated Iran for the second time at the FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship.

The Americans, coached by Daniel Friend won in five sets by scores of  25-18, 25-18, 21-25, 12-25 and 15-10 to claim the eleventh position of the championship.

John Hatch, captain of USA, was the most effective player with 14 points, while Colby Harriman finished with 10.  Iran finished in twelfth place with Salim Cheperli as leader in their offense after finishing with 11 points, while, Amin Esmaeilnezhad scored seven.

Cuba 3-0 Japan (Thirteenth place)
Cuba finished in place 13 after winning against Japan 25-21, 25-19, and 25-16. Miguel David Gutierrez and Abrahan Alfonso Gavilan finished as top scorers for the Cuban team after recording 13 and 9 points respectively.

On the Japanese side of the net, Tsubasa Hisahara, Ataru Kumakura and Kenta Takanashi, recorded 9 points apiece. Cuba overcame 12-3 in blocking with Javier Concepcion as their best man in this department.

Concepcion blocked for a total of 4 points while his teammates Abrahan Alfonso Gavilan and Ricardo Calvo finished with 3 apiece.

Egypt 3-0 Mexico (Fifteenth place)
Egypt claimed their first victory at FIVB Men's U21 World Championship after beating Mexico in three sets.

Scores were 27-25, 25-19, 25-21. Mohamed Abdelmohsen Seliman and Abdelrahman Abouelella closed as top scorers for Egypt with 11 points apiece. Alan Gabriel Martinez and Ridl Alexis Garay Nava were the top scorers for Mexico with 12 and 11, respectively.

The key to Egyptian victory was based in blocking and serving. Egypt outplayed Mexico in blocks by claiming 12 points against only 2 by the hosts. Mohamed Seliman closed as top blocker with 4 points.

Individual Awards
1st Outside Spiker: Dmitry Volkov, Russia
2nd Outside Spiker: Denis Bogdan, Russia
1st. Middle Blocker: Zhejia Zhang, China
2nd Middle Blocker: Osman Durmaz, Turkey
Setter: Matias Sánchez, Argentina
Opposite Spiker: Caio Oliveira, Brazil
Best Libero: Santiago Danani, Argentina
Most Valuable Player: Pavel Pankov, Russia

Final Ranking
1.- Russia
2.- Argentina
3.- China
4.- Brazil
5.- Italia
7.- Slovenia
8.- Canada
9.- Poland
10.- France
11.- USA
12.- Iran
13.- Cuba
14.- Japan
15.- Egypt
16.- Mexico


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