Santa Fe, Argentina, August 27, 2017 - Belarus claimed the ninth place in FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship after a long four sets match that closed all the activities at the National Technical University Stadium.
The team coached by Natallia Melianuk won by scores of 25-23, 25-21, 20-25 and 25-23 in 1 hour and 55 minutes of game time.
Vera Kastsiuchyk scored 17 points for Belarus and Yuliya Kisliuk finished with 16 for Belarus. Hanna Hryshkevich also contributed with 14 points, while Alina Egorowa tallied 13.
On the Brazilian side, Tainara Santos recorded 21 points as match leading scorer and Beatriz Pereira registered 13.
Belarus took the first two sets based on a good blocking performance after Brazil served well but struggled to get in the match. It was until the third set when the team coached by Mauricio Thomas finally could take some advantage. The South Americans reached the first technical timeout in the third with the score in their favor by 8-6.
Brazilian momentum improved after six points lead but Daniela Seibt failed one service and the middle blockers could not convert in the next rally.
Also, reception failed and Belarus could take a breath and shortened the distance in two points.
Lanka Gabriela Gomes calmed the tensions with a solid spike that kept Brazil still on the lead 16-12. Thomas’ adjustments put the team just three points away to win the set. But the fight was so tight in the last one in favor of the Europeans.
Both teams had faced each other in the Pool Phase of the tournament. The victory at that time was for Belarus in straight sets by 25-18, 26-24 and 25-14.