Egypt power past China to play for the fifth position


Coach of Egypt Marcos Miranda on the hands of his players

Cairo, Egypt, August 24, 2017- Egypt eased past China 4-1 (15-12, 15-13, 12-15, 19-17, 15-8) in the play off 5 to 8 positions in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Men's U23 World Championship at Cairo Stadium Complex in Egypt on Thursday.

Egypt will battle it out against Japan for the fifth position, while China play Iran for the seventh position. 
All matches in Cairo are played under a new scoring system currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.

As usual, opposite spiker Hisham Ewais came out as top match scorer with an impressive 20 points followed by Abdelrahman Seoudy with 14. China's middle blocker Lijia Xiao contributed 14 points as the best for the losers. 

Egypt conquered the Chinese defence to win the first set 15-12 after good attacking combinations ending in sharp hits by Ewais and Abdelrahman Seoudy.

The turning point in the second set was substitutions made by the Egyptian coach when he replaced the setter Ahmed Saber by Ahmed Elasry, when Egypt succeeded to come back from three points behind to win the set 15-13 and advance to 2-0. 

The Chinese team played their best in the third set as they deployed their solid blocks against the Egyptian attacks. They continued using the service to disturb the Egyptian reception to win the set 15-12 and narrow the score to 2-1 for the Egyptians. 
The fourth set was another turning point as Egypt came from behind to win the most exciting part of the match 19-17, then easily clinched the fifth set 15-8 to win the encounter in front of thrilled fans. 

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