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Brazil, Italy win semifinal matches in FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship
The FIVB Volleyball Women’s Junior World Championship Peru 2011 second to last day created final classification pairings, including Brazil and Italy going for the gold medal.
After seven days of competition that started on July 22 and two travel days, the competition concludes on July 31 in Lima for the top eight classification spots and Callao for the 9-16 positions.
In the gold medal semifinals played in Lima’s Eduardo Dibos Gymnasium, Italy defeated China 25-21, 25-20, 25-16 to reach the gold-medal match. In the second semifinal, Brazil edged United States 25-15, 25-19, 20-25, 25-20, 16-14. In head-to-head competition in this tournament, Brazil defeated Italy in four sets in the first round on July 22.
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In the 5-8 classification semifinals, Dominican Republic defeated Slovakia 25-18, 17-25, 25-19, 25-18 while Peru handled Belgium 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 27-25 in Lima.
In the 9-12 classification semifinals at Callao, Poland downed Cuba 25-21, 18-25, 25-14, 25-22 and Russia edged Japan 23-25, 25-16, 25-17, 17-25, 15-11.
In the 13-16 classification semifinals at Callao, Serbia blanked Tunisia 25-14, 25-12, 25-13 and Korea overwhelmed Egypt 25-13, 25-2, 25-17.
Italy 3, China 0
In the first gold semifinal match of the day, Italy defeated China 25-21, 25-20, 25-16 to reach Sunday’s title match. Italy will play Brazil for the gold medal, while China will face United States in the bronze-medal match.
Valentina Diouf collected a match-high 19 points for Italy, including four aces and four blocks. Floriana Bertone, Laura Baggi and Caterina Bosetti each scored 10 points in the win. China was led by Yanchi Pi’s 13 points, while Zhou Yang added eight points. Both teams turned in 10 blocks and Italy held a slim 8-6 advantage in aces. The difference came in attack as Italy had a 36-27 margin, along with benefiting from 21 errors by China.
“This match was a hard one,” Italy player Laura Baggi said. “Fortunately, we were united in order to win.”
Brazil 3, United States 2
Brazil beat United States 3-2 (25-15, 25-19, 20-25, 20-25, 16-14) in the second semifinal at Lima's Eduardo Dibos Gymnasium, at Lima. Brazil will face Italy in the gold-medal match, while United States will challenge China in the bronze-medal match on Sunday to conclude the tournament.
Brazil’s Ana Correa her team’s top scorer with 18 points, while Samara Almeida and Marjorie Correa added 14 points each. United States' top scorer was Haley Eckerman with 25 points in the match, next to Kelly Reeves with 15 points and Haleigh Hampton with 14 points. Brazil held a 12-9 advantage in blocks and 3-1 margin in service aces.
“Congratulations to USA,” Brazil coach Luizomar de Moura said. “It was a tense and nervous match with many mistakes. However, our team has been playing together for four years so there is a strong feeling and this helped us to reach the final.”
Peru 3, Belgium 1
Peru beat Belgium 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 27-25 in the 5-8 classification semifinal round at Eduardo Dibos Gymnasium, sending the host team into the fifth-place match on Sunday against Dominican Republic. Belgium will play Slovakia for seventh place on Sunday.
Peru's top scorer was Grecia Herrada with 16 points in the match, next to Yllescas Clarivett with 14 points and Brenda Uribe with 13 points. Lise Van Hecke, the leading scorer throughout the tournament with 189 points, led Belgium with 23 points in the match, next to Valérie El Houssine with 13 points and Lorena Cianci with 10 points. Belgium held a 12-7 margin in service aces, but their 36 errors in the match offset the advantage.
“I am happy for win,” Peru captain Clarivett Yllescas said. “I think it could have been a 3-0 score, but we had difficulties. Now we are concentrated for the match tomorrow against Dominican Republic that is going to be the revenge."
Dominican Republic 3, Slovakia 1
Dominican Republic stopped Slovakia 25-18, 17-25, 25-19, 25-18 Saturday in the 5-8 classification semifinal in Lima to advance to the fifth-place match. They will play Peru for fifth place, while Slovakia will face Belgium for seventh place.
Marianne Fersola and Elizabeth Martinez of Dominican Republic scored 20 points each in the victory. Tatiana Crkonova and Nikola Radosova scored 12 points each to lead Slovakia. Dominican Republic held a 13-6 margin in blocks, while Slovaka’s serve netted a 9-7 edge in aces.
“Thanks to God for winning,” Dominican Republic captain Gabriela Reyes said. “We want to be in 5th place tomorrow. Today we failed a lot, but then we got focused on the match and could obtain the victory.”
Poland 3, Cuba 1
Poland stopped Cuba 25-21, 18-25, 25-14, 25-22 in the 9-12 classification semifinal in Callao. Poland will play Russia for ninth place, while Cuba will face Japan for 11th place.
Poland’s Emilia Mucha and Zuzanna Czyznielewska tallied 15 points each as two other teammates reached double-figure scoring. Cuba was led by Sulian Matienzo’s match-high 17 points, while Cheila Cardona added 15 points. Poland held advantages in attack points (46-42), blocks (10-5) and service aces (11-8).
“I am happy for the victory,” Poland coach Grzegorz Kosatka said. “We are in top 10. We were good in service and attack and tomorrow we hope to win the last match.”
Russia 3, Japan 2
Russia rallied to defeat Japan 23-25, 25-16, 25-17, 17-25, 15-11 in the 9-12 classification semifinal on Saturday in Callao. Russia will play Poland for ninth place, while Japan will challenge Cuba for 11th place.
Russia’s Yana Manzyuk led her squad with 20 points, including eight blocks. Alina Yaroshik added 17 points and Natalia Malykh connected for 16 points. Japan’s Mari Morikawa tallied a match-high 23 points, while Shiori Murata added 14 points. Russia dominated the blocking game with a 19-3 advantage, while Japan held a 10-7 margin in service aces.
“We played better in some sets, but I am not satisfied,” Russia coach Vadim Kiryanov said.
Serbia 3, Tunisia 0
Serbia proved too much for Tunisia in a 25-14, 25-12, 25-13 victory on Saturday to advance to play Korea in the 13th-place match. Tunisia will face Egypt on Sunday for 15th place.
Maja Savic led Serbia and all scorers with 13 points, while Bianka Busa contributed 10 points. Ljubica Kecman added nine points in the victory. Tunisia was led by Maroua Boughanmi, Ghalia Oudernia and Hayfa Aidi who all scored four points. Serbia won the blocking battle with a 12-2 margin to go with a 9-3 service ace advantage.
“We are happy due to the victory. We hope to make another good match tomorrow. Unfortunately we had too many problems because we had to play with difficult teams.”
Korea 3, Egypt 0
Korea will play for 13th place on Sunday after defeating Egypt 25-13, 25-2, 25-17 in Callao. Egypt will play continental rival Tunisia for 15th place on Sunday.
Seung-Ju Pyo and Ji-Soo Kim scored 11 points each to lead Korea, while Young Eun-Jang added nine points. Egypt was led by Aya Elshamy’s seven points followed by Yasmin Hussein chipped in five points. Korea held an 8-3 margin in aces and 7-5 edge in blocks while using 19 Egypt errors to their benefit. Korea compiled a 41-14 spike advantage in the victory.
“Before the championship, we thought we could be on the finals,” Korea coach Gi-Ju Park said. “Now, we must assume our position and we have to get the victory against Serbia tomorrow and go back home with that happiness.”