Cairo, Egypt, August 23, 2017 - Argentina secured the first of two qualiyfying spots from Pool B to the semifinals of the 2017 FIVB Men's U23 World Championship with a 4-0 (15-8, 15-9, 15-9, 15-9) sweep of China here Wednesday in 45 minutes - the quickest match of the tournament thus far.
Argentina completed pool play on a 4-1 record. China dropped to 2-3, but will continue to play for positions 5-8 over the next two days.
This is already Argentina's best ever finish in the history of the competetion, after a 7th place in 2013 in Uberlandia and a 6th in 2015 in Dubai. China are taking part for the first time this year.
The second semifinal ticket from Pool B will be decided between Russia and Iran in Wednesday's second match.
All matches in Cairo are played under a new scoring system currently being tested
: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.
Gaston Fernandez and Augustin Loser shared top-scoring honours with ten points each as Argentina dominated China in the blocking department with 10 stuffs to 5.Quick links - Volleyball:FIVB Volleyball Men's U23 World Championship 2017
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