China is Girls' Youth World Champion 2007
Tijuana, Mexico, August 11, 2007 -
The Chinese squad defeated Turkey 20-25, 25-16, 25-12, 25-22 in the match for the title played before a packed house.
They added the championship to those obtained in 2001 in Pula, Croatia and in 2003 in Pila, Italy. The second place for Turkey is the best ever for the country in both genders in any competition level.
Chen Liyi led China with 23 points and Cao Yiting and Zhang Yichan added 13 and 12 respectively for the winning team.
"Tonight we played very well technically and with good communication," said Wang Jiaqin, the Chinese coach. "When we got to Mexico our only thinking was to win the championship. It is a very special day for us."
In the match for the bronze medal, Russia defeated Serbia 17-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-21 with Irina Smirnova as the main offensive weapon with 24 points and Ksenia Naumova chipped in 16.
"The team of Serbia is very good and the whole match was very hard for both teams. I think our serve and blocking was the difference today," said Rishat Gilyazutdinov, the Russian coach.
In the match for fifth place, Brazil needed five sets to defeat Belgium 25-22, 22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 15-8. Glauciele Silva led the winners with 20 tallies and Belgian Jolien Wittock added 37 to her leading tournament total.
Japan prevailed over Dominican Republic in a five-setter for the seventh place by scores of 20-25, 25-19, 17-25, 25-13, 15-3. Hiroko Matsuura led Japan with 19 points and Dominican Jeoselyna Rodriguez had 29.
In Mexicali, Korea defeated USA (25-16, 25-18, 25-20) for the ninth place and Germany defeated Italy (25-21, 19-25, 25-17, 25-20) for the eleventh position.
Mexico was a 25-23, 25-13, 25-16 winner over Peru good for thirteenth place and Puerto Rico finished in the fifteenth place with a win over Tunisia 25-17, 25-18, 25-21.
The best players of the competition
Defense: Chen Zhan (CHN)
Setter: Marija Pucaveric (SRB)
Receiver: Chen Zhan (CHN)
Attacker: Hiroko Matsuura (JPN)
Blocker: Maud Catry (BEL)
Libero: Chen Zhan (CHN)
Server: Jeoselyna Rodriguez (DOM)
Scorer: Jolien Wittock (BEL)
MVP: Chen Zhan (CHN)