Dominicans settle for the silver medal at U18
ROSARIO, Argentina, August 27, 2017 - Undefeated after eight
matches, Italy successfully held on to the FIVB Volleyball
Girls’ U18 World Championship title after a spectacular final
match against Dominican Republic which won 3-1 (25-23, 19-25,
While Italy secured back-to-back titles for the first time of
their history, for Dominican Republic it was also a dream run as
the Caribbean girls reached the podium for the very first time
in this age group category.
Italy was led by a power trio of scorers - Terry Enweonwu and
Elena Pietrini capped 17 points apiece and captain Alessia
Populini were just one behind of them. Dominican Republic fought
hard led by Madeline Guillen, who scored a full set herself with
With a 17-point game of Oxana Yakushina, Russia emerged as the
winning side on the bronze medal match over Turkey 3-1 (25-21,
25-21, 16-25, 25-15).
Russia picked up their sixth medal in this age group, plus other
two as the Soviet Union in 1989 and 1991. Those were two golds,
three silvers and now three bronzes. Turkey, despite the bitter
taste of the loss, managed to equal their 2015 result, when they
finished fourth in Peru.
Supporting Yakushina were Valeriya Shevchuk with 14 points,
Victoriia Pushina and Polina Shemanova, both with 10 tallies.
For Turkey, Yaprak Erkek topped the list with 16 units, followed
by Ebrar Karakurt (14) and Derya Cebecioglu (13).
In front of a cheerful crowd in Rosario, hosts Argentina went
back onto the winning track with a 3-1 (25-17, 25-19, 19-25,
30-28) over USA to finish the tournament in home soil at the
Argentina had already finished seventh in 1991 in Portugal, but
it was out of 12 participating teams, so this 6-2 record with 20
countries in contest counts as a solid improvement. On the other
hand, USA was second-placed on the last two editions and now
dropped to the eighth place.