Cuba hands Egypt a 4-2 loss at U23 Championship
CAIRO, Egypt, August 19, 2017 - Cuba scored their first win and
handed hosts Egypt their first defeat in a 4-2 (13-15, 16-14,
10-15, 15-12, 15-11, 18-16) thriller here Saturday night, as Day
2 of the 2017 FIVB Men's U23 World Championship came to a close.
Both teams are now 1-1 in Pool A.
All matches in Cairo are played under a new scoring system
currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.
Egypt had the opportunity to go two sets up at the beginning of
the match, but the hosts dropped a set point at 13-14 and
allowed Cuba to make a three-point run and finish the set off on
an ace by Marlon 'Yant' Yang.
Japan registered their first win demolishing Mexico 4-0 (15-12,
15-12, 15-11, 15-10) in 58 minutes and leaving the North
American side winless and setless after two matches.
The result lifts Japan to 1-1 in the standings of Pool while
Mexico drop to 0-2. The top two teams of each pool in Cairo
advance to the semifinals. Ridl Garay was Mexico's best scorer
with 8 points.
Japan overwhelmed Mexico on the
net and also took advantage of 20 unfored errors by the losers.
Jin Tsuzuki with 11 points and Masato Katsuoka with 10
(including three aces) led the scoring for Japan.