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Cuba beat Russia to play Poland for U21 World Championship gold

 
Brno / Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, July 1, 2017 – Cuba v Poland is the grand final for the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship 2017 title. In Saturday’s semifinals, Cuba upset Russia with a great performance of the entire team, once again led by Miguel David Gutierrez. After that, Poland emerged victorious from the clash with Brazil to face the Caribbean squad in Sunday’s gold medal match in Brno.

Sunday’s final classification fixtures:

Gold medal match (in Brno)

Bronze medal match (in Brno)

5th place match (in Brno)

7th place match (in Brno)

9th place match (in Ceske Budejovice)

11th place match (in Ceske Budejovice)

13th place match (in Ceske Budejovice)

15th place match (in Ceske Budejovice)




Semifinals 1 - 4

Cuba and Poland showed some great volleyball in their semifinal matches to defeat Russia and Brazil, respectively, and to set up a second encounter with each other in Brno, this time in a duel for the gold medals.


Cuba delivered a major upset by defeating title-contenders Russia in the first semifinal. Miguel David Gutierrez once again proved to be the big leader in the Caribbean squad with a fantastic all-around performance on the way to the 3-1 (25-15, 25-18, 16-25, 25-23) victory. He was the best scorer of the match with 19 points, including four aces and two kill blocks.


Poland’s inspirational captain and middle blocker Jakub Kochanowski once again showed a strong performance on the court to lead the incredible team effort that lifted the squad to the big final of the U21 World Championship. Also inspired by the relentless support from a large group of Polish fans on the stands, the European team mastered a 3-2 (25-21, 25-19, 21-25, 23-25, 15-12) victory over Brazil. Kochanowski became the best scorer of the match with 21 points.



Classification 5 - 8

Two exciting five-set matches, filled with drama, determined fifth place and seventh place match-ups. Having won the tie-breakers, Iran and China will lock horns for the fifth place, while Argentina and Canada will have to settle for the seventh place game.


Iran played in the first classification playoff for the fifth place and, hardly to anyone’s surprise, it went over five sets. This was the sixth consecutive five-setter for the Iranian team at the tournament and this time it was Amirhossein Esfandiar who scored 14 points to lead the team to victory – 3-2 (25-23, 15-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-10) over Argentina.


Jingyi Wang scored 21 times to help China persevere through a five-set drama against Canada and stamp a 3-2 (25-27, 26-24, 21-25, 28-26, 15-9) victory. While Wang was China’s most prolific player, Canada’s Tariq Sani topped him with 26 points, including five aces, to become the best scorer of the match.



Classification 9 - 12

The ninth place will be disputed in an all-European clash in Ceske Budejovice. Turkey and Italy secured their spots in this match, leaving Egypt and Ukraine to fight for the 11th place in the final standings.


Adis Lagumdzija broke the tournament’s scoring record by hammering out a fantastic 36 points for Turkey’s 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 28-26, 31-29) against Egypt.


Giulio Pinali was the best scorer in Italy’s speedy 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-18) win against Ukraine. He contributed 16 points to the victory.



Classification 13 - 16

USA and Japan will play for the 13th place in Ceske Budejovice on Sunday, after winning their playoff matches on Saturday. Hosts Czech Republic will have to settle for playing in the 15th place match against the team of Morocco.


All 12 players on USA’s roster took part in the match against Morocco. All, but three, managed to score points by blocking for a total of 14, which helped the Americans master a 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-21) shutout.


Japan and the Czech Republic played a five-set thriller in which the Asian team came from two sets behind to win the match. Kento Miyaura scored 21 points to lead the Japanese squad to a 3-2 (22-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-15, 15-13) victory over the Czechs.



Top Scorer by Day

23 - Kento Miyaura of Japan v China on June 23
28 - Rasoul Aghchehli of Iran v Ukraine on June 24
26 - Rasoul Aghchehli of Iran v Argentina on June 25
24 - Dmitry Yakovlev of Russia v Argentina on June 27
24 - Bartosz Kwolek of Poland v China on June 27
24 - Rasoul Aghchehli of Iran v China on June 28
25 - Davy Silva Moraes of Brazil v Russia on June 29
25 - Rasoul Aghchehli of Iran v Poland on June 29
25 - Taryq Sani of Canada v Argentina on June 29
36 - Adis Lagumdzija of Turkey v Egypt on July 1

Top Scoring Performances

36 - Adis Lagumdzija of Turkey v Egypt on July 1
28 - Rasoul Aghchehli of Iran v Ukraine on June 24
27 - Tymofii Poluian of Ukraine v Iran on June 24
26 - Taryq Sani of Canada v China on July 1
26 - Rasoul Aghchehli of Iran v Argentina on June 25
25 - Davy Silva Moraes of Brazil v Russia on June 29
25 - Rasoul Aghchehli of Iran v Poland on June 29
25 - Taryq Sani of Canada v Argentina on June 29
25 - Jan Martinez Franchi of Argentina v Iran on June 25
24 - Juan Horacio Bucciarelli of Argentina v Iran on July 1
24 - Miguel David Gutierrez Suarez of Cuba v China on June 29
24 - Rasoul Aghchehli of Iran v China on June 28
24 - Dmitry Yakovlev of Russia v Argentina on June 27
24 - Bartosz Kwolek of Poland v China on June 27
24 - Miguel David Gutierrez Suarez of Cuba v Turkey on June 25

Top Individual Serving Performances

5 - Paolo Zonca of Italy v Ukrain on July 1
5 - Taryq Sani of Canada v China on July 1
5 - Bartosz Kwolek of Poland v China on June 27
4 - Miguel David Gutierrez Suarez of Cuba v Russia on July 1
4 - Felipe Benavidez of Argentina v Iran on July 1
4 - Javad Karimisouchelmaei of Iran v Poland on June 29
4 - Yuri Romano of Italy v Czech Republic on June 29
4 - Tymofii Poluian of Ukraine v Japan on June 28
4 - Shayan Shahsavand of Iran v Cuba on June 27
4 - Matias Giraudo of Argentina v Iran on June 25
4 - Donovan Dzavoronok of Czech Republic v Morocco on June 25
4 - Oleh Plotnytskyi of Ukraine v Iran on June 24
4 - Kristian Cervinka of Czech Republic v Canada on June 23
4 - Miguel Angel Lopez Castro of Cuba v Russia on June 23

Top Team Serving Performances

10 - Ukraine v Japan on June 28
10 - Poland v China on June 27
10 - Czech Republic v Canada on June 23
9 - Canada v China on July 1
9 - Argentina v Iran on July 1
9 - Egypt v USA on June 29
9 - Czech Republic v Morocco on June 25
9 - Japan v Egypt on June 24
8 - Turkey v Egypt on July 1
8 - Czech Republic v Japan on July 1
8 - Italy v Czech Republic on June 29
8 - Iran v China on June 28
8 - Brazil v China on June 24

Top Individual Blocking Performances

9 - Aliasghar Mojarad of Iran v China on June 28
7 - Fynnian Lionel Mccarthy of Canada v China on July 1
7 - Aleksei Kononov of Russia v Brazil on June 29
7 - Liying Zhou of China v Iran on June 28
7 - Yuantai Yu of China v Iran on June 28
7 - Miguel David Gutierrez Suarez of Cuba v Turkey on June 25
7 - Lucas Adriano Araujo Barreto of Brazil v Japan on June 25
6 - Jose Israel Masso Alvarez of Cuba v China on June 29
6 - Scott Stadick of USA v Czech Republic on June 28
6 - Mohamed Aly of Egypt v Japan on June 24
6 - Fynnian Lionel Mccarthy of Canada v Czech Republic on June 23

Top Team Blocking Performances

30 - China v Iran on June 28
18 - Egypt v Japan on June 24
17 - Cuba v Iran on June 27
16 - Egypt v Turkey on July 1
16 - Iran v China on June 28
15 - Russia v Brazil on June 29
15 - Poland v Iran on June 29
14 - Turkey v Egypt on July 1
14 - USA v Morocco on July 1
14 - Canada v Argentina on June 29
14 - Cuba v China on June 29
14 - Russia v Argentina on June 27
14 - China v Egypt on June 25
14 - Argentina v Iran on June 25
14 - Canada v Czech Republic on June 23

Highest Scoring Sets

32-30 - Argentina v Italy on June 24
32-30 - Russia v Cuba on June 23
31-29 - Turkey v Egypt on July 1
31-29 - Poland v Canada on June 25
30-28 - Russia v Brazil on June 29
30-28 - Turkey v USA on June 23
27-29 - Poland v Iran on June 29
27-29 - Russia v Argentina on June 27
29-27 - Poland v Czech Republic on June 24

Highest Scoring Matches

226 - Canada v China 2-3 (27-25, 24-26, 25-21, 26-28, 9-15) on July 1
225 - Russia v Brazil 3-2 (25-20, 21-25, 30-28, 19-25, 17-15) on June 29
218 - Poland v Iran 3-2 (27-29, 25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 15-11) on June 29
214 - Canada v Argentina 3-2 (23-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-11) on June 29
212 - Czech Republic v Italy 2-3 (25-23, 14-25, 25-23, 18-25, 16-18) on June 29
211 - Poland v Brazil 3-2 (25-21, 25-19, 21-25, 23-25, 15-12) on July 1
211 - Iran v Ukraine 3-2 (25-19, 25-21, 23-25, 20-25, 15-13) on June 24
210 - Iran v China 3-2 (25-17, 23-25, 26-24, 20-25, 15-10) on June 28
209 - Czech Republic v USA 2-3 (23-25, 26-24, 25-21, 18-25, 7-15) on June 28
209 - Argentina v Iran 2-3 (21-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 12-15) on June 25
208 - Turkey v Cuba 2-3 (21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 20-25, 7-15) on June 25
206 - Japan v Czech Republic 3-2 (22-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-15, 15-13) on July 1
205 - Turkey v Egypt 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 28-26, 31-29) on July 1
203 - Iran v Argentina 3-2 (25-23, 15-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-10) on July 1
203 - Czech Republic v Canada 2-3 (22-25, 25-13, 25-23, 18-25, 12-15) on June 23
200 - Cuba v Iran 3-2 (25-22, 25-23, 19-25, 13:25, 15-8) on June 27

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