Argentina dethrone Russia as Men’s U23 Champions
CAIRO, Egypt, August 25, 2017 - Argentina swept Russia off the
court 4-2 (15-10, 15-11, 16-14, 14-16, 13-15, 15-9) here on
Friday to dethrone the defending champions and claim the gold
medal of the 2017 FIVB Men's U23 World Championship.
It is Argentina's first ever world title in any volleyball
Led by top scorer Gaston Fernandez on 20 points and opposite
German Johansen, Argentina outblocked Russia 10 stuffs to 6 and
took revenge for their defeat as U21s in the 2015 final in the
hands of the same opponents.
With tournament MVP Johansen and Dream Team setter Matias
Sanchez on the lineup Argentina completed a brilliant run over
the week, topping the 'pool of death', crushing Cuba in the
semifinals and bringing down Russia in the final for a historic
title that was a long time coming.
All matches in Cairo are played under a new scoring system being
tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.