Brazil, Russia, China and Finland set full mark at Men's World Champs

5 September 2014

Katowice and Gdansk, Poland, September 3, 2014 – World No 1 and defending champions Brazil, No 2 Russia, Finland and China continued their great performance to gain second victory at the FIVB 2014 Men's World Championship in Pools B and C held at Spodek and Ergo Arena Halls in Katowice and Gdansk on Wednesday.


Now the four teams along with Poland and Iran in Pools A and D are the only teams so far to get 2 victories after the whole competition's 24 teams played 2 matches.


 Brazil Fielded most of their line up to beat Tunisia 3-0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-17), while Germany came back after the opening loss to beat Cuba 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-19). Finland entertained their 3000 fans with a second victory over Korea 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-15).


 Russia easily overcame Egypt in Pool C 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-15) as Canada shocked Bulgaria 3-2 (17-25, 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 15-8). China beat Mexico 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-20) for their second victory.


Brazil led Pool B with win loss ratio of 2-0 (6 pts), followed by Finland 2-0 (5 pts), Germany 1-1 (3/3 in sets), Korea 1-1 (3/4), Cuba 0-2 (1pts) and Tunisia 0-2 (0 pts).


 Russia and China led Pool C with 2-0 (6 pts) each followed by Bulgaria 1-1 (4 pts), Canada 1-1 (2pts) and both Egypt and Mexico 0-2 (0 pts).


 Day 6 features 6 matches in Pools A and D in Wroclaw and Krakow, while pool B and C will be in a rest day. Pool A will see Cameroon meet Argentina, Serbia play Australia and hosts Poland face Venezuela.  


 In Pool D, Puerto Rico line up against USA, Iran field against France and Italy v Belgium.


Pool B in Katowice   


Germany beat Cuba 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-19)


 Opposite spiker György Grozer conduct World No 10, Germany to beat  No 7 Cuba 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-19) in day 5 of the 2014 FIVB Men's World Championship. Germany improved their won- loss ratio after two matches to 1-1, while Cuba dropped to 0-2.


 György Grozer led the match and German scorers with 19 points including 4 ace services followed by Denys Kaliberda 10. From The Cuban side, outside hitter Ernesto Jimenez scored 15 points as best scorer from his side.


 What made the difference was the big dominance for the German team in serving and blocking skills as the winners had 5/2 advance in aces, and 12/4 in blocking items.  


Key Points

· Germany achieved their sixth win match against Cuba in 9 matches.

· this is the second win for Germany in a row after they won their last meeting at the World Championship, defeating Cuba 3-0 in 2006.

· Cuba have lost their last three matches in a row at the World Championship since last time in 2006.

· Twice before, Cuba started a World Championship campaign with successive defeats, in 1956 and 2006.

• In the second set, Germans scored 4 points by serve with 1 ace of Cuba.


Finland Beat Korea 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-15)


 Finland supported by 3000 of their fans make another step for being promoted to the next phase and overcame Korea in three sets (25-22, 26-24, 25-15) in Katowice. Finland improved their ratio to 2-0, while Korea dropped  to 1-1.


Hard to receive serves followed by technically perfect spikes led Finland to gain second win at 2014 World Championship. Despite tough beginning of the game, Finaland's stars Urpo Silvula and Jukka Lehtonen were able to control the game.


Key points:


• Both teams met 10 times at the World League. Korea won the first three meetings and Finland the last seven.

• Korea defeated Tunisia 3-1 in their World Championship opener and Finland won 3-2 with Cuba in their first match.

• In the first set, Finland scored 3 points with serves, while Korea didn't play any ace.

• Urpo Sivula led Finland with 14 points, while Jae-Duck Seo was the top scorer in Kore with 9 points.

• Finland made 9 aces against 1 scored by Korea.


Brazil beat Tunisia 3-0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-17)


 The last game of Day 5 in Pool B ended with three sets Brazil’s victory (25-18, 25-10, 25-17). The Samba won their second game in the tournament, leaving Tunisia team with two losses.


Dominating in attack led by Lucarelli, Wallace and Lucas was one of key points pushing Brazil to winning the match. Fine blocks and making use of opponent’s errors helped them to stop Tunisia.


Key points:


• It is third meeting of Tunisia and Brazil at the World Championship.


• Tunisia started with a 3-1 defeat against Korea at the World Championship on Monday.


• In 2010 and 2006, Brazil won each of their first two matches before losing the third.


• The second set was ended 25-10 what was the record in pool B so far.

Pool C in Gdansk


Canada beat Bulgaria 3-2 (17-25, 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 15-8)


 Gavin Schmitt stole the limelight from Pool C leaders Bulgaria as he led Canada in the thrilling fifth set (17-25, 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 15-8) at the Ergo Arena.


The second day of play in Pool C of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship showed an attitude full of determination from the Canadian side as they wanted to gain their first points in the tournament during the clash with Bulgaria, and successfully executed it in the five setters.


Key Points


• Schmitt and Tsvetan Sokolov both charted 22 markers in the match but Schmitt’s heroics proved worthy for the victory.

• Canada earned two points in the standoff with Bulgaria.

• Canadian block was solid; they had 13 against Bulgaria’s seven.

• Schmitt and Todor Skrimov had a service ace clash – Skrimov had one more ace to Schmitt’s three aces.


China beat Mexico 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-20)


China had a flawed first set but recovered in the succeeding sets 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-20) against Mexico, for their second victory in Pool C of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship at the Ergo Arena on Wednesday. China improved to 2-0, while Mexico dropped to 0-2.


Key Points


• Yuan Zhi had another stellar scoring performance with 30 points, he scored 31 points against Egypt last Monday.

• Yuan Zhi was excellent at the service line, he had six of the nine aces of China.

• Chinese middle Geng Xin was solid with his net defence, he had five blocks – the same number as the total block output of Mexico.

• China won both their matches with a 3-1 scoreline.


Russia beat Egypt 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-15)


 With their tall blocker and effienct spikers, Russia put paid to the Egyptain defence to beat them 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-15) as fast as possible. Dmitriy Ilinykh led the match scorers with 13 points ahead of Nikolay Pavlov 11. From the Egyptian side Ahmed Abdelhay scored 10 points as the best scorer of his side.


Key Points


· Egypt stay winless in their three World Championship meetings with Russia

· Both teams were drawn in the same Pool at the 2007 and 2010 FIVB Volleyball World League. In a total of eight meetings, Egypt were only able to take four sets against Russia.

· Russia have won their last five matches at World Championships and they have dropped only one set in that run.


2014 FIVB Men's World Chhhampionship best performances


Top scorer by day

24- Taylor Sander of United States v Belgium on 31-8-14

31- Zhi Yuan of China v Egypt on 1-9-14

27- Antonin Rouzier of France v Italy on 2-9-14

30- Zhi Yuan of China v Mexico on 3-9-14


Top scoring performances

31- Zhi Yuan of China v Egypt on 1-9-14

30- Zhi Yuan of China v Mexico on 3-9-14

27- Antonin Rouzier of France v Italy on 2-9-14

26- Kervin Piñerúa of Venezuela v Cameroon on 2-9-14

26- Matt Anderson of United States v Iran on 2-9-14

25- Taylor Sander of United States v Iran on 2-9-14

25- Jean Patrice Ndaki of Cameroon v Venezuela on 2-9-14

25- Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v France on 2-9-14


Top blocking performances

8- Seyed Mousavi of Iran v Italy on 31-8-14

6- Maxwell Holt of United States v Iran on 2-9-14

5- Yung-Suk Shin of Korea v Tunisia on 1-9-14

5- Adel Gholami of Iran v United States on 2-9-14

5- Geng Xin of China v Mexico on 3-9-14


Top serving performances

6- Zhi Yuan of China v Mexico on 3-9-14

5- Dimitriy Muserskiy of Russia v Canada on 1-9-14

4- György Grozer of Germany v Cuba on 3-9-14

4- Jose Carrasco of Venezuela v Cameroon on 2-9-14

4- Todor Skrimov of Bulgaria v Canada on 3-9-14

4- Mikko Esko of Finland v Korea on 3-9-14


Top team blocking performances

16- Korea v Tunisia on 1-9-14

15- Iran v Italy on 31-8-14

15- Finland v Cuba on 1-9-14

15- United States v Iran on 2-9-14

13- Cuba v Finland on 1-9-14

13- Venezuela v Cameroon on 2-9-14

13- Canada v Bulgaria on 3-9-14

12- Germany v Cuba on 3-9-14


Top team serving performances

11- Venezuela v Cameroon on 2-9-14

9- Finland v Korea on 3-9-14

9- China v Mexico on 3-9-14

9- Bulgaria v Canada on 3-9-2014

7- Cuba v Finland on 1-9-14

6- Belgium v United States on 31-8-14

6- France v Puerto Rico on 31-8-14

6- Finland v Cuba on 1-9-14


Highest scoring sets

33-31 China v Egypt (4th Set) on 1-9-14

33-31 Cameroon v Venezuela (3rd Set) on 2-9-14

27-25 Finland v Cuba (3rd Set) on 1-9-14

26-24 France v Puerto Rico (3rd Set) on 31-8-14


Highest scoring matches

216- Finland v Cuba 3-2 (18-25, 21-25, 27-25, 25-23, 15-12) on 1-9-14

211- Iran v United States 3-2 (25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 18-25, 17-15) on 2-9-14

203- Italy v France 3-2 (20-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-13, 15-12) on 2-9-14

202- Canada v Bulgaria 3-2 (17-25, 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 15-8)



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