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Volleyball: India beat Japan to reach quarters of Men’s U21 Worlds

India players celebrate their 3-0 win over Japan and a place in the last eight. Photos: FIVB.

India players celebrate their 3-0 win over Japan and a place in the last eight. Photos: FIVB.

August 29, 2013: India beat Japan 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-20) in the round of 16 of the Men’s U21 World Championship in Turkey, where Asia will have two representatives in Friday’s quarter-finals in Ankara.

 

Iran were the first team to qualify for the last eight after beating Egypt 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-11), continuing their unbeaten run in Turkey.

 

Argentina beat China 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 23-25, 29-27) in a closely contested game, which means Zhang Di’s men will face Serbia in Friday’s 9th-16th classification matches in Izmir, where Japan will take on Tunisia.

 

Kumar Sohan led India’s charge against Japan with 13 points, while Yuki Ishikawa was Japan’s leading scorer with 11.

 

“All my players played well and showed a lot of concentration from the start of the match,” India coach TC Jothish said. “We didn’t have the option to give Japan the chance to play their game. If we gave them this chance, it would be very hard for us to win. This was our plan.”

 

Mohammad Fallah spikes in Iran’s 3-0 win over Egypt.

Mohammad Fallah spikes in Iran’s 3-0 win over Egypt.

India will meet Russia in the quarter-finals, while Iran will face Brazil, 3-1 winners over the USA. Iran are one of only two teams, along with the hosts, to remain unbeaten in Turkey.

 

Iran captain Javad Hosseinabadi, who was the top scorer of the match against Egypt with 11 points, said his side improved as the game went on, routing the third set 25-11.

 

“Egypt are a good team,” Hosseinabadi said. “As we were the winners of our pool, I think they started the match today with extra concentration. They took extra risks in the game and it pushed them to make more mistakes, so it became easier for us later.”

 

China’s narrow loss to Argentina was disappointing after the team clawed back to 2-1 and then led for most of the fourth set, but failed to capitalise on three set points before losing 29-27. Yan Tingwei was China’s top scorer with 15 points.

 

Zhang said: “We had our chance today, but we could not use it and we could not win. The players tried hard, but we could not do it.”

 

China try to block in their 3-1 loss to Argentina.

China try to block in their 3-1 loss to Argentina.

 

2013 Men’s U21 World Championship, Ankara & Izmir, Turkey

 

August 28 – Round of 16

Iran 3-0 Egypt (25-21, 25-20, 25-11), Ankara

Brazil 3-1 USA (25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22), Izmir

Argentina 3-1 China (25-19, 25-23, 23-25, 29-27), Ankara

Italy 3-2 Serbia (21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 28-30, 15-5), Izmir

India 3-0 Japan (25-18, 25-23, 25-20), Ankara

Russia 3-0 Tunisia (25-23, 25-15, 25-21), Izmir

Turkey 3-0 Mexico (25-14, 25-15, 25-18), Ankara

France 3-2 Canada (22-25, 25-21, 25-15, 23-25, 15-10), Izmir

 

August 29 – Classification 17-20 semi-finals

Ataturk Sports Hall, Izmir

Morocco v Estonia

Venezuela v Rwanda

 

August 30 – Quarter-finals

Baskent Volleyball Hall, Ankara

Iran v Brazil

Argentina v Italy

India v Russia

Turkey v France

 

August 30 – Classification 9-16 quarter-finals

Ataturk Sports Hall, Izmir

Egypt v USA

China v Serbia

Japan v Tunisia

Mexico v Canada

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