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Germany, Dominican Republic and USA lead upsets at Girls’ U18

 
Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina, August 23, 2017 - Only eight teams now remain in contention for the gold medal at the FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship Argentina 2017, with Germany, USA and the Dominican Republic winning despite their lower seeding and heading a list that also includes hosts Argentina, Russia, Japan, Turkey and Italy.


The first team to book a quarterfinals ticket was Russia, after a 3-1 (25-17, 25-16, 18-25, 25-18) win over a buoyant Korea side, who fought hard against one of the still undefeated teams of the tournament. Later on, the lower-ranked Germany grabbed a win as they sent off second-placed Belarus 3-2 (20-25, 25-22, 25-18, 16-25, 15-10)

Rosario opened its bracket with a breathtaking game in which Japan celebrated after a rollercoaster win against Serbia 3-2 (25-21, 25-18, 26-28, 19-25, 17-15). The Serbian girls saved seven match balls in the third set and had one of their own in the tie-breaker, but weren’t able to complete the comeback. On the other hand, Turkey barely suffered in their 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-19) defeat of Colombia.
 
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In a tricky day for some of the favourites, Italy was flawless to prevail over Peru 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-13), clearly strengthening after a tight first set. The last match of the day in Rosario was an intense encounter in which the Dominican Republic brought down Poland 3-2 (25-21, 25-22, 15-25, 20-25, 16-14)

Also in Santa Fe, where the upset by Germany was hosted, USA defeated Slovenia with a steady 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-22) in the first afternoon game. Next, Argentina’s dream run increased thanks to a historical win over neighbours Brazil 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18), a result that could come as a surprise considering world rankings, but the home team is having a fabulous tournament with a current 5-0 on win-losses.


There were also matches from the round robin action to decide 17th to 20th placements, with two continental clashes - Thailand defeated China 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-23) and Mexico took a bit longer to beat Cuba 3-1 (25-15, 16-25, 25-17, 25-16). All the remaining games of this pool will be played in Rosario. 

Top Scorer by Day
25 - Ebrar Karakurt of Turkey v Dominican Republic on August 18
24 - Elizabeth Vicet of Cuba v Germany on August 19
34 - Elena Pietrini of Italy v Poland on August 20
32 - Ebrar Karakurt of Turkey v Japan on August 21
31 - Madison Kubik of USA v Mexico on August 22
31 - Emma Cyris of Germany v Belarus on August 23

Top Scoring Performances
34 - Elena Pietrini of Italy v Poland on August 20
32 - Ebrar Karakurt of Turkey v Japan on August 21
31 - Madison Kubik of USA v Mexico on August 22
31 - Emma Cyris of Germany v Belarus on August 23
30 - Madeline Guillen of Dominican Republic v Poland on August 23

Top Serving Performances
6 - Ebrar Karakurt of Turkey v Dominican Republic on August 18
6 - Lina Alsmeier of Germany v Belarus on August 23
6 - Emelys Martinez of Colombia v Thailand on August 20
6 - Rada Perovic of Serbia v Poland on August 21
5 - Elena Pietrini of Italy v Poland on August 20

Top Team Serving Performances
16 - Korea v Cuba on August 21
16 - Dominican Republic v China on August 22
16 - Germany v Korea on August 22
15 - Japan v Turkey on August 21
15 - Belarus v Brazil on August 18

Top Blocking Performances
7 - Yamisleydis Viltres of Cuba v Argentina on August 22
6 - Merve Atlier of Turkey v China on August 19
6 - Victoriia Pushina of Russia v Brazil on August 22
5 - Sarah Luisa Fahr of Italy v Peru on August 23
5 - Lea Ambrosius of Germany v Argentina on August 18

Top Team Blocking Performances
19 - Turkey v Japan on August 21
19 - Brazil v USA on August 21
18 - Cuba v Argentina on August 22
17 - Dominican Republic v Poland on August 23
15 - Colombia v Serbia on August 22

Highest Scoring Sets
30-28 Turkey v Japan (4th Set) on August 21
30-28 USA v Mexico (4th Set) on August 22
29-27 Poland v Serbia (1st Set) on August 21
28-26 Serbia v Japan (3rd Set) on August 23
27-25 Germany v Argentina (3rd Set) on August 18

Highest Scoring Matches
219 - USA d Mexico 3-2 (17-25, 24-26, 25-19, 30-28, 15-10) on August 22
219 - Japan d Serbia 3-2 (25-21, 25-18, 26-28, 19-25, 17-15) on August 23
213 - Korea d Germany 3-2 (21-25, 18-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-13) on August 22
212 - Argentina d Cuba 3-2 (23-25, 16-25, 25-20, 27-25, 15-11) on August 22
210 - Russia d Brazil 3-2 (25-23, 23-25, 25-20, 20-25, 15-9) on August 22

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