United States win over Algeria in four sets
MEXICALI, Mexico, June 28, 2013 - The United States defeated
Algeria 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 28-26, 25-17) to open the actions of
Pool D at the FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship on Thursday.
Both squads played a very tough and tight match at Mexicali
The Americans came back on the shoulders of Jacob Arnitz and
Connor Lammey who were their main weapons. Arnitz finished with
18 points and Lammey tallied 17 while Karl Apfelbach scored 12
and Matthew Walsh, Jr. 11. Larbi Hadroug was Algeria’s top
scorer with a total of 17 points.
In the other matches involving NORCECA teams:
Turkey outdueled Cuba in three well-fought sets to close the
first day activities in Mexicali in Pool B. The Turkish side won
25-23, 29-27, 25-21.
Both teams registered eight blocks and two aces while the slight
difference was in the number of unforced errors (19-24) and more
attacks (45-42) in favor of the winners.
Ogbai Enaboifo was the best offensive player for Turkey with 18
points, followed by Kaan Gulec and Yasin Aydin with 11 and 10
respectively. Cuba’s Luis Jimeno, Osmani Uriarte and Inovel
Romero had 9 points apiece.
In the last match in Tijuana, China romped to a convincing
straight-set (25-19, 25-15, 25-18) victory over hosts Mexico in
Chuanhang Tang had three aces and one block among his match-high
16 points for China. Yuanbo Li and Runtao Xia added 11 and 10
respectively. Ariel Acosta, Ivan Molano and Enrique Ugaldo each
had 7 points for Mexico.
The Chinese squad held a 7-0 difference in service winners of
9-6 in the blocking charts, while making only 12 unforced errors
compared to 20 of Mexico.
In other matches, Iran edged Finland in five sets, Poland best
Tunisia, France crushed Rwanda, Korea downed Egypt and Chile