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Great generation of Polish players celebrate time together with U21 world title

 
Brno / Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, July 2, 2017 – The team of Poland triumphed with the gold medals at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship Czech Republic 2017! The Polish team mastered a 3-0 (25-20, 25-10, 25-19) victory over Cuba in Sunday’s final in Brno to crown this generation of young players’ brilliant rise to manhood with yet another title. Their captain and charismatic leader Jakub Kochanowski was awarded as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.


This squad already has the gold medals from the U19 World Championship in 2015, the U20 European Championship in 2016, the U19 European Championship in 2015 and the European Youth Olympic Festival in 2015 in their showcase, so the U21 title was the logical continuation and conclusion of the time these volleyballers spent together in the youth national teams of their country.



Final Standings:
1. Poland
2. Cuba
3. Russia
4. Brazil
5. Iran
6. China
8. Canada
9. Italy
10. Turkey
11. Ukraine
12. Egypt
13. Japan
14. USA
16. Morocco

MVP:
 
Dream Team:
Setter: Lukasz Kozub (POL)
Opposite: Miguel David Gutierrez (CUB)
Outside Spikers: Bartosz Kwolek (POL), Anton Semyshev (RUS)
Middle Blockers: Aleksei Kononov (RUS), Jose Israel Masso (CUB)
Libero: Maique Reis Nascimento (BRA)


Gold medal match

Poland lived up to the expectations and won the title at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship Czech Republic 2017. Thousands of Polish fans travelled to Brno to support their team during the final match from the stands of the DRFG Arena and were not left disappointed. The inspired Polish squad was a like a fine-tuned machine and left no doubts about who deserves the gold medal. They handed Cuba a 3-0 (25-20, 25-10, 25-19) shutout to defend their U19 world title from two years ago. Outside spiker Bartosz Kwolek and opposite Jakub Ziobrowski were the best scorers for the winning side with 12 points each, while Cuba’s opposite Miguel David Gutierrez topped them with 15 points.



Bronze medal match

The world champions from the previous three editions of Men’s U21 World Championship had to settle for bronze at the 2017 tournament in the Czech Republic. Led by middle blocker Alexei Kononov, Russia cruised to a comfortable 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-19) victory over Brazil in Sunday’s third place match in Brno to secure their spot on the podium. Kononov was the best scorer of the game with 13 points, including six kill blocks.



5th place match

Iran claimed the prestigious fifth place in the final standings at the Men’s U21 World Championship. In an all-Asian clash in Brno, the Iranians cruised to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-21) shutout of China with great contribution from middle blocker Aliasghar Mojarad, who tallied five kill blocks for a total of 12 points.



7th place match

Led by usual suspect Jan Martinez Franchi and sub-in Geronimo Elgueta, the Argentina beat Canada to the seventh place in a hard-fought 3-2 (22-25, 30-28, 25-20, 20-25, 15-11) match. Martinez top-scored with 22 points, just one more than Elgueta put on his tally.



9th place match

Italy did the best they could do after not making the cut for the best eight of the tournament. With a 17-point contribution from Giulio Pinali, they managed a 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-19) win against Turkey to claim the ninth place in the final standings.



11th place match

Andrii Rohozhyn’s 25 points, including an impressive count of six kill blocks, helped Ukraine persevere through a rollercoaster 11th place match to stamp a 3-2 (26-24, 25-22, 22-25, 21-25, 15-11) victory over Egypt.



13th place match

Japanese outside spiker Yurai Adai scored a total of 21 points to top the scorers’ charts of the 13th place match, in which his team claimed a 3-1 (23-25, 25-15, 25-15, 25-20) victory over USA.



15th place match

Matej Smidl exploded with 30 points to make sure the hosts of the World Championship end the tournament with a victory. The Czech Republic achieved a 3-1 (19-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-20) win against Morocco taking the 15th place and leaving the African side at the very bottom of the table



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
30 - Matej Smidl of Czech Republic v Morocco on July 2

Top Scoring Performances

36 - Adis Lagumdzija of Turkey v Egypt on July 1
30 - Matej Smidl of Czech Republic v Morocco on July 2
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 - Andrii Rohozhyn of Ukraine v Egypt on July 2
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 - Jakub Kochanowski of Poland v Cuba on July 2
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 - Poland v Cuba on July 2
8 - Ukraine v Egypt on July 2
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 - Aleksei Kononov of Russia v Brazil on July 2
6 - Andrii Rohozhyn of Ukraine v Egypt on July 2
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 - Argentina v Canada on July 2
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
221 - Argentina v Canada 3-2 (22-25, 30-28, 25-20, 20-25, 15-11) on July 2
218 - Poland v Iran 3-2 (27-29, 25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 15-11) on June 29
216 - Egypt v Ukraine 2-3 (24-26, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 11-15) on July 2
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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