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Russia, Brazil on perfect records at U23 Worlds

 
Cairo, Egypt, August 19, 2017 - Russia and Brazil continued on their winning ways here Saturday on Day 2 of the 2017 FIVB Men's U23 World Championship and lead the standings in each of the two pools as the only teams on perefect records, while Argentina, the only other undefeated side, trails Russia in Pool B on set ratio.

Russia outclassed Turkey 4-0 (18-16, 15-13, 15-6, 15-13) in Pool B and Brazil edged Poland 4-0 (15-10, 22-20, 22-20, 15-7) in the tightest of matches in Pool A.

In other Pool A action, Japan registered their first win in the competition downing winless Mexico 4-0 (15-12, 15-12, 15-11, 15-10) and Cuba handed hosts Egypt their first defeat 4-2 (13-15, 16-14, 10-15, 15-12, 15-11, 18-16) in a late-night thriller.

In Pool B Argentina are close on Russia's heels after dominating winless Algeria 4-0 (15-11, 15-8, 15-9, 15-12) and Iran shut out China 4-0 (15-13, 15-12, 15-8, 15-13) for their first win in the tournament.



All matches in Cairo are played under a new scoring system currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.





The top two teams of each pool advance to the semifinals.

Competition in Cairo continues on Sunday with the third round of pool play, which amongst others sees Russia take on China and Brazil challenged by the hosts.



All matches are available to watch live or on demand on the FIVB YouTube Channel.

Summary Statistics - 2017 FIVB Men's U23 World Championship

Highest Scorer by Day
21 – Zhou Liying of China v Turkey on 18 August
29 – Hisham Ewais of Egypt v Cuba on 19 August

Top Scoring Performances
29 – Hisham Ewais of Egypt v Cuba on 19 August
21 – Zhou Liying of China v Turkey on 18 August
15 – Melih Siratca of Turkey v China on 18 August
15 – Pawel Halaba of Poland v Cuba on 18 August

Top Individual Blocking Performances
4 – Xiao Lijia of China v Turkey on 18 August
4 – Jaroslaw Mucha of Poland v Cuba on 18 August
4 – Jose Masso of Cuba v Egypt on 19 August
4 – Hisham Ewais of Egypt v Cuba on 19 August

Top Team Blocking Performances
12 – Cuba v Egypt on 19 August
10 – Poland v Cuba on 18 August
10 – Argentina v Algeria on 19 August
10 – Egypt v Cuba on 19 August

Top Individual Serving Performances
3 – Romulo Silva of Brazil v Mexico on 18 August
3 – Sergei Pirainen of Russia v Algeria on 18 August
3 – Aleksei Kononov of Russia v Algeria on 18 August
3 – Masato Matsuoka of Japan v Mexico on 19 August
3 – Javad Karimisouchelmaei of Iran v China on 19 August

Top Team Serving Performances
10 – Brazil v Mexico on 18 August
9 – Russia v Algeria on 18 August
8 – China v Turkey on 18 August

Highest Scoring Sets
22-20 Brazil v Poland (2nd set) on 19 August
22-20 Brazil v Poland (3rd set) on 19 August
19-17 China v Turkey (1st set) on 18 August
18-16 Russia v Turkey (1st set) on 19 August

Highest Scoring Matches
187 – China v Turkey 4-3 (19-17, 12-15, 11-15, 15-8, 15-10, 10-15, 15-10) on 18 August
170 – Cuba v Egypt 4-2 (13-15, 16-14, 10-15, 15-12, 15-11, 18-16) on 19 August
141 – Poland v Cuba 4-1 (15-12, 12-15, 16-14, 15-10, 17-15) on 18 August
131 – Brazil v Poland 4-0 (15-10, 22-20, 22-20, 15-7) on 19 August

Quick links - Volleyball:
FIVB Volleyball Men's U23 World Championship 2017
FIVB Volleyball Men's U23 World Championship 2017 - Schedule
FIVB Volleyball Men's U23 World Championship 2017 - Teams
FIVB.com - Volleyball

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