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Italy, Turkey, Russia and Dominican Republic reach semifinals at Girls’ U18

 
Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina, August 25, 2017 - The list of candidates for FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship Argentina 2017 gold medal has been reduced to four teams on Friday, as defending champions Italy, Turkey, Russia and the Dominican Republic emerged victorious from the quarterfinals matches and will collide in the semifinals on Saturday.


The first chapter of the quarterfinals story was the outstanding 3-0 (25-7, 25-16, 25-15) of Italy against USA, in which the defending champions displayed all of their might to conquest their sixth match in a row. Turkey also improved their winning streak to half a dozen after a 3-0 (25-20, 25-8, 30-28) over Germany and followed the Italian trail.

Later on, Russia powered through the spirit of Japan and won 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 32-30) in a riveting contest even though it was over in three chapters. The hall in Rosario was already full at the end of that game and it exploded when Argentina entered the court, but Dominican Republic ruined the party as they prevailed 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-18) to complete the elite quartet. 
 
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Meanwhile, Brazil was the first team to grab a win in Santa Fe, with their 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-17) defeat of Poland to start climbing to the ninth position. The same goal was achieved next by Peru as they shut out Slovenia 3-1 (25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 25-17) to make it two out of two for South American teams at that moment.

The streak on that venue finished when Colombia was routed by Belarus 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-21) as the European team returned to the winning track after two losses. That was the only game resolved in straight sets in the classification of places 9-16, because afterwards Korea overcame Serbia 3-1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-14, 25-23) closing the agenda.


Trying to reach the 17th position, Thailand celebrated their second win in a row, once again by 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-19) this time against Mexico, and before that China defeated Cuba in a much leveled 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 29-27) and left the court with a smile for the first time in their stay in Argentina.

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

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
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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