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Italy set to defend Girls’ U18 World Champs title against Dominican Republic

 
Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina, August 26, 2017 - Defending champions Italy are qualified for the FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship gold medal match on Saturday and they will play for the 2017 crown against the Dominican Republic, after the two teams' respective semifinal triumphs over Turkey and Russia on a riveting day in Argentina.


The opening semifinal was a mouth-watering contest between Italy and Turkey, both undefeated so far, and the match lived up to expectations as the defending champions won 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 27-29, 26-24) in a tremendous finale. First, Italy wasted four match balls in the third set and then were losing 24-18 in the fourth, but they nailed eight points in a row to reach the ultimate showdown.


A major shock came on the next and final shift of the day as Dominican Republic played a marvelous game to upset Russia 3-0 (25-17, 28-26, 25-21) and complete the lineup of the final match. The Russian team was undefeated until Saturday evening, when they met a very smart Dominican team that just kept growing after placing third in their first round pool.


For places 5 to 8, Germany overcame USA 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-17) after a hesitant start. That match was followed by a triumph of Japan over Argentina 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-17), once again with thousands of fans rooting for the home girls.


In the second half of the schedule, Belarus prevailed over Peru 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-23) and Brazil did the same against Korea 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-15), both moving towards the 9th spot final.


Wrapping up the round robin play for the lowest positions in the standings, Thailand claimed 17th place despite losing to last-ranked Cuba 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 18-25, 25-16, 16-14). Prior to that, Mexico also worked all the way to defeat China 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-13, 21-25, 15-13) and take the 18th spot, one above the Asian side. 

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
18 - Ebrar Karakurt of Turkey v Germany and Haruna Soga of Japan vs Russia on August 25
38 - Uxue Guereca Parra of Mexico v China on August 26

Top Scoring Performances
38 - Uxue Guereca Parra of Mexico v China on August 26
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 Serving Performances
7 - Julia Szczurowska of Poland v Brazil on August 25
6 - Jovana Mirosavljevic of Serbia v Korea on August 25
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

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
16 - Brazil v Poland on August 25
15 - Belarus v Brazil on August 18

Top Blocking Performances
7 - Yamisleydis Viltres of Cuba v Argentina on August 22
7 - Sarah Luisa Fahr of Italy v USA on August 25
6 - Merve Atlier of Turkey v China on August 19
6 - Victoriia Pushina of Russia v Brazil on August 22
6 - Valerin Carabali of Colombia v Belarus on August 25

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
32-30 Russia v Japan (3rd Set) on August 25
30-28 Turkey v Japan (4th Set) on August 21
30-28 USA v Mexico (4th Set) on August 22
30-28 Turkey v Germany (3rd Set) on August 25
29-27 Poland v Serbia (1st Set) on August 21

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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