Youth World Championships - Argentina 2011

  • Boys' Youth World Championship Drawing of Lots held in Buenos Aires

    FIVB Board of Administration member Dr Rafael Lloreda Currea (right) at the Drawing of Lots alongside former Argentinean star Waldo Kantor

    Buenos Aires, Argenina, June 7, 2011 – Hosts Argentina will take on USA in Pool A of the 2011 FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championships while defending champions Serbia will meet the team they defeated in the final of the 2009 edition, Iran in Pool D after the Drawing of Lots was completed in Buenos Aires on Monday.

    The tournament will take place in the South American country from August 19 to 28 with a total of 16 teams competing.

    FIVB Board of Administration member Dr Rafael Lloreda Currea of Colombia was in charge of the proceedings which took place in front of a number of high profile personalities and members of the media.

    World No.1 Argentina and USA will be joined in Pool A by Egypt and Bulgaria. Pool B comprises of world No.2 Russia, Tunisia, China and Greece while Pool C will see Cuba take on Brazil, Korea and France. Puerto Rico and Spain complete Pool D.

    Pools A and C will be played at the City Hall Almitante Brown Sport Centre while Pools B and D will participate at Osvaldo Casanovas Stadium in the city of Bahía Blanca.

    Pool A: Argentina, USA, Egypt, Bulgaria
    Pool B: Russia, Tunisia, China, Greece
    Pool C: Cuba, Brazil, Korea, France
    Pool D: Iran, Serbia, Puerto Rico, Spain



    Mr. Lloreda Currea and Mr. Kantor at the Drawing of Lots

    Buenos Aires, Argenina - June 5, 2011 - With the presence of the Buenos Aires Province Federated Sport Under Sport Secretary, the Director of Buenos Aires province House, Rodolfo Valenta; the Delegated of the International Volleyball Federation, Rafael Lloreda Currea, the President of the Argentine Volleyball Federation, Alejandro Bolgeri, the Under Secretary of Sports of Almirante Brown City Hall, Germán Bonnemezón; the President of Coprotur of Bahia Blanca, Sergio Pladino, the Sport Under Secretary of Bahía Blanca, Alfredo Gonzalez and the delegator of Buenos Aires Unidos, Waldo Kantor among other celebrities of volleyball and of the province political government this Monday afternoon took place at Buenos Aires Province House in the city of Buenos Aires the drawing of lots took place for the Boys Youth World Championship that will take place in the cites of Bahia Blanca and Almirant Brown, August 18th - 28th, 2011.

    The most important television channels of our country - ESPN and TYC Sports, Clarin daily newspaper (the most important of the country), Ole Newspaper (the most important sport newspaper), and all Media including volleyball programs of each of the cities where the event will take place and national wide, covered the event that will mean for the country the fourth World Championship to be held in Argentina, the first one of the Youth category.

    The drawing of lots, held under the International Volleyball Federation was lead by the FIVB delegate, Rafael Lloreda Currea from Colombia and the four pools were settled as follows:

    Argentina, organizer and first ranked team of the FIVB World Ranking will stand first in Pool A - Seven teams ranked the first seven teams at the World Ranking were established as heads of each of the other pools. russia - second - Tunez - 8th in Pool B, Cuba - third and Brazil - 6th in Pool C and Iran - fourth and Serbia - fifth in pool D, with USA - ninth in Pool A.

    The drawing of lots where four teams outside of Europe where included in the first seed - Egypt, China, Korea and Puerto Rico and the four European Teams were included in the second seed finished as follows:

    Boys Youth World Championship - Argentina 2011
    August 19th - 28th - Almirante Brown . Bahia Blanca
    Buenos Aires Province

    Pool A: Argentina, USA, Egypt, Bulgaria
    Pool B: Russia, Tunisia, China, Greece
    Pool C: Cuba, Brazil, Korea, France
    Pool D: Iran, Serbia, Puerto Rico, Spain

    Pools A and C will play at the City Hall Almitante Brown Sport Centre while Pools B and D will participate at Osvaldo Casanovas Stadium in the city of Bahía Blanca.

    Argentina will play its first match vs. Bulgaria and the other pools will be settled by FIVB seeded pools as per Berger setting.

  • Match schedule

    Pool A
    19-Aug 18:00 USA - Egypt
    19-Aug 21:00 Argentina - Bulgaria
    20-Aug 18:00 USA - Bulgaria
    20-Aug 21:00 Egypt - Argentina
    21-Aug 18:00 Bulgaria - Egypt
    21-Aug 21:00 Argentina - USA

    Pool B
    19-Aug 18:00 Russia - Greece
    19-Aug 21:00 Tunisia - China
    20-Aug 18:00 Greece - China
    20-Aug 21:00 Russia - Tunisia
    21-Aug 18:00 Tunisia - Greece
    21-Aug 21:00 China - Russia

    Pool C
    19-Aug 10:00 Brazil - Korea
    19-Aug 13:00 Cuba - France
    20-Aug 10:00 France - Korea
    20-Aug 13:00 Cuba - Brazil
    21-Aug 10:00 Brazil - France
    21-Aug 13:00 Korea - Cuba

    Pool D
    19-Aug 10:00 Serbia - Puerto Rico
    19-Aug 13:00 Iran - Spain
    20-Aug 10:00 Spain - Puerto Rico
    20-Aug 13:00 Iran - Serbia
    21-Aug 10:00 Serbia - Spain
    21-Aug 13:00 Puerto Rico - Iran

  • Warm up tournament in Argentina
    An international competition featuring boys’ youth teams from Argentina, Spain, Cuba and France began in Chivilcoy, Argentina on Saturday as each team count down to the FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championship which begins on Friday.

    All four sides will be competing at the biennial tournament, also set to be played in Argentina.

    In Sunday’s matches Cuba overcame France 3-2 (21-25, 17-25, 25-19, 25-14, 15-8 ) with Spain seeing off hosts Argentina in straight sets (25-21, 25-21, 25-15).

    Several local personalities, including Mayor Anibal Pittelli were present.

    "It is with pride that this city welcomes you all, enjoy your stay,” Pittelli said. “We are very proud of having here a club like this one, Club Colón de Chivilcoy, with people that are happily welcomed into this competition not to talk of the fact that the Boys' Youth World Championship will be held in Argentina. We are very happy because we see the effort of all to help and give their utmost for such important events."

    Spain and Argentina had clashed earlier in the weekend in a friendly ahead of the tournament with the hosts coming out on top 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-18 ) in Almirante Brown. City Mayor Dario Giustozzi was present for the match and said that: “our goal is to promote sport, in this case volleyball and therefore we have the stadium full of children that play it at different clubs in the city. This new chance of a previous match is really something very important for the City Hall as it is a friendly match that all enjoy making it a great party as there is no competition but more a friendly bond between both teams and the fans.”

    Argentina’s boys' youth team defeated France 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-22) while Cuba saw off Spain in straight sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-16) as the preparation tournament continued in Chivilcoy just four days ahead of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ Youth World Championship.

    Argentina v France 3-0
    The match started level with France finding answers thanks to its middle players while Argentina found power through spikes from their wing spikers. Both teams lost concentration and while the host kept attacking the European team found that its block helped keep them I touch. Argentina edged ahead before two aces helped them take the set.

    The hosts tried to move ahead in the second but were continually pegged back by France, who remained within a point. Even though the Europeans remained close midway through, Argentina then managed to stretch their legs to take a 2-0 lead.

    Argentina again took the lead in the third but France came bounding back to move four points ahead. However the pressure got to the French as they made a number of unforced errors to allow Argentina to tie at 19-19 before they sealed the win.

    Argentina’s Gonzalo Lapera topped the score with 17 points.

    Cuba v Spain 3-0 ( 25-17, 25-18, 25-16)
    Cuba obtained its second victory with a win over Spain earlier on in the evening as Fundadora, topped the scores with 25 point.

    The match started level but Cuba improved its performance and went ahead at the second TTO 16-12 before eventually taking the set.

    Spain could not find any answers to recover in the second set, and despite fighting point-for-point the NORCECA team kept the lead and pushed on towards the end to take a 2-0 lead.

    Spain lost its concentrate in the third as Cuba put on a great performance to close the match and seal the win.

    Cuba edged Argentina in a five-set thriller (25-17, 18-25, 20-25, 25-18, 15-12) on Wednesday to seal top spot in a four-team tournament held in Chivilcoy, Argentina ahead of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ Youth World Championship due to begin in the country on Friday.

    Meanwhile Spain saw off France in straight sets (25-20, 28-26, 25-18 ) to seal second place.

    Cuba lead from the start of the first set with both teams risking their serves. Some unforced errors from the hosts gave the visitors momentum to take the set and the opening lead.

    Argentina stepped onto the court with a different attitude in the second and captured the lead 8-3 and 16-9. Cuba fought back to take the lead again but it wasn’t enough as Argentina powered through to take the set.

    The third set also saw the home team start well with Zornetta, Quiroga and Araya all showing their attacking prowess as they took a 2-1 lead.

    Cuba made changes in the fourth because they knew they needed to win it to force a tie-breaker and they did just that, taking the match to a fifth set.

    The final frame saw Cuba grow in confidence before they sealed the win and the title.

    Earlier on in the day Spain had little trouble seeing off a French team that finished the tournament with just one point

    Final Ranking Chivilcoy competition:
    Cuba - 7pts
    Spain - 6pts
    Argentina - 4pts
    France - 1pt

  • Pool D
    Serbia - Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-16 25-22 25-20) stats
    Iran - Spain 0-3 (22-25 25-27 21-25) stats

    Pool C
    Brazil - Korea 3-2 (25-19 25-14 23-25 20-25 15-9) stats
    Cuba - France 3-1 (25-20 16-25 25-21 25-21) stats

    Pool A
    USA - Egypt 3-2 (25-16 25-21 27-29 34-36 17-15) stats
    Argentina - Bulgaria 2-3 (25-23 23-25 25-21 16-25 8-15) stats

    Pool B
    Russia - Greece 0-3 (12-25 23-25 30-32) stats
    Tunisia - China 2-3 (24-26 25-21 27-25 21-25 6-15) stats

  • Pool A
    USA - Bulgaria 1-3 (22-25 29-27 16-25 20-25) stats
    Egypt - Argentina 0-3 (22-25 19-25 22-25) stats

    21-Aug BUL-EGY
    21-Aug ARG-USA

    Pool B
    Greece - China 3-0 25-14 25-22 25-12) stats
    Russia - Tunisia 3-0 (25-12 25-19 25-14) stats

    21-Aug TUN-GRE
    21-Aug CHN-RUS

    Pool C
    France - Korea 3-0 (29-27 25-20 25-22) stats
    Cuba - Brazil 3-2 (21-25 19-25 25-21 27-25 15-13) stats

    21-Aug BRA-FRA
    21-Aug KOR-CUB

    Pool D
    Spain - Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-21 25-17 25-15) stats
    Iran - Serbia 3-1 (25-22 13-25 30-28 25-18 ) stats

    21-Aug SRB-ESP
    21-Aug PUR-IRI

  • Pool A
    Argentina 3, United States 0
    Gonzalo Quiroga scored a match-high 30 points leading Argentina to a straight set victory 25-20, 25-19, 28-26 and the ticket to the next stage of the competition. Quiroga’s splendid performance included 27 attacks, two blocks and one ace. Gonzalo Lapera added 10 points to the winning effort. Matthew Tarrantino and Cody Caldwell topped the USA side with 14 and 11 points respectively. The winners committed 20 errors to 23 by the defeated side. Argentina led 7-5 in blocks and 2-0 in service winners.

    Egypt 3, Bulgaria 1
    Egypt surprised with a 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-17) over the qualified Bulgaria in the last match of Pool A. Islam Abdelkader and Mohamed Massoud each scored 18 points with Massoud totaling a six blocks. Marawan Mohamed finished with 11 tallies. Ivan Ivanov was the only Bulgarian in double figures with 12 points. Egypt held a 10-2 advantage in serving aces and edged in blocks 10-9. Both teams committed many errors with 30 for Bulgaria and 29 from Egypt.

    Pool B
    Greece 3, Tunisia 0
    Greece finished up with a spotless record in Pool B after a 3-0 victory (25-22, 25-10, 25-20) against winless Tunisia. The Greeks did not drop a single set in the first round and topped the Pool in a great display with the maximum nine points, while Tunisia remained on the bottom of the group. Rafail Koumentakis once again showed a great display of talent and scored 14 points, including 4 blocks, along with teammate Georgios Tzioumakas who had three blocks and also tallied 14. Menelaos Kokkinakis, charted 10.

    China 3, Russia 2
    China recovered from a 2-1 deficit to edge Russia in five sets (25-22, 17-25, 18-25, 25-20, 15-13) and clinch the last spot in the top eight group. Zhejia Zhang scored with 11 blocks among his 17 points to lead China. Zhimin Leng also had 17 and Zhen Qin added 11. Russia’s Stanislav Masliev topped all the scorers in the match with 25 points. Others in double figures on the defeated side were Vladimir Chivel (15), Vladimir Manerov (13) and Ilya Nikitin (10).

    Pool C
    France 3, Brazil 2
    France advanced to the top-eight round in Bahia Blanca by outlasting Brazil in a thrilling five-setter 14-25, 25-20, 9-25, 25-22, 15-12 on Sunday morning. Like in the previous edition in 2009, the six-time champions Brazil will have play in the 9-16 classification round. Thibault Rossard totaled 16 points as the winners’ leading scorer. Soane Falafala added 13 and Quentin Jouffroy contributed 12 including three blocks and two aces. Brazil’s Joao Ferreira finished with a match-high 19 points while Allison Melo and Alan Souza each chipped in 10 tallies.

    Cuba 3, Korea 2
    For the second day in a row, Cuba prevailed in a five-setter this time against a relentless Korea to earn top place in Pool C. The score was 24-26, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 15-13. Yordan Bisset led four Cubans in double digits with 20 points, next to Lazaro Fundora and Danger Quintana each with 15 and Livan Osoria who charted 11. The top scorer of the match was Korea’s Gyeong-Bok Na who totaled 27 followed by Myung-Geun Song who finished with 21 points. Seong-Tae Jin had five blocks among his 17 points for the defeated side.

    Pool D
    Serbia 3, Spain 1
    Uros Kovacevic scored 26 points to lead Serbia to a 3-1 (21-25, 28-26, 25-22, 25-21) close victory over Spain that secured the winners of a spot in the top-eight round. Spain was already qualified. Serbia’s Luka Medic and Aleksandar Okolic contributed 16 and 10 points respectively while Aleksandar Blagojevic scored with five blocks. Spain’s Alejandro Vigil registered 14 points and both Andres Villena and Miguel Angel Fornes each totaled 13.

    Iran 3, Puerto Rico 0
    In a contest between two teams already out of the race for the gold, Iran easily won against Puerto Rico by 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-19). The Asians finished the first round with a 2-1 record, but the set lost against Serbia on Saturday left them out of contest due to set ratio. Puerto Rico lowered to 0-3. Iran's captain Pourya Fayazi was the star of the match with 16 points, backed up by Sajad Dehnavi with 12 (5 blocks) and Javad Hosseinabadi with 11.

  • Stats of the FIVB 2011 Boy’s Youth World Championship

    Highest Scorer by Day
    Day 1 (August 19): 29 points by Gonzalo Lapera (Argentina) in the 3-2 loss to Bulgaria
    Day 2 (August 20): 32 points by Yordan Bisset (Cuba) in the 3-2 victory over Brazil
    Day 3 (August 21): 30 points by Gonzalo Quiroga (Argentina) in the 3-0 victory over United States

    Top Scoring Performances
    32 – Yordan Bisset (Cuba) in the 3-2 victory over Brazil on August 20
    30 – Gonzalo Quiroga (Argentina) in the 3-0 victory over United States on August 21
    29 – Gonzalo Lapera (Argentina) in the 3-2 loss to Bulgaria on August 19
    29 – Uros Kovacevic (Serbia) in the 3-1 loss to Iran on August 20
    28 – Matthew Tarrantino (United States) in the 3-2 victory over Egypt on August 19

    Top Blocking Performances
    11 - Zhang Zhejia (China) in the 3-2 victory over Russia on August 21
    8 – Petar Nenkov (Bulgaria) in the 3-2 victory over Argentina on Augist 19
    7 – Matthew Tarrantino (United States) in the 3-2 victory over Egypt on August 19
    6 - Tarcisio Guinter (Brazil) in the 3-2 victory over Korea on August 19
    6 – Mohamed Massoud (Egypt) in the 3-1 victory over Bulgaria on August 21
    5 – Shahab Ahmadi (Iran) in the 3-0 loss to Spain on August 19
    5 – Shahab Ahmadi (Iran) in the 3-1 victory over Serbia on August 20
    5 – Alejandro Vigil (Spain) in the 3-0 victory over Puerto Rico on August 20
    5 – Aleksandar Blagojevic (Serbia) in the 3-1 victory over Spain on August 21
    5 – Alejandro Vigil (Spain) in the 3-1 loss to Serbia on August 21
    5 – Seon-Tae Jin (Korea) in the 3-2 loss to Cuba on August 21
    5 – Ilya Nikitin (Russia) in the 3-2 loss to China on August 21

    Top Service Ace Performances
    5 – Thiago Veloso (Brazil) in the 3-2 victory over Korea on August 19
    5 – Yordan Bisset (Cuba) in the 3-2 victory over Brazil on August 20
    4 – Na Gyeong-Bok (Korea) in the 3-2 loss to Brazil on August 19
    4 – Aaron Russell (United States) in the 3-2 victory over Egypt on August 19
    4 – Milad Ebadipour (Iran) in the 3-1 victory over Serbia on August 20
    4 – Kasandros Stingas (Greece) in the 3-0 victory over China on August 20

    Top Set Score
    36-34 (Egypt versus United States) in first round on August 19 in Almirante Brown
    32-30 (Greece versus Russia) in first round on August 19 in Bahia Blanca
    30-28 (Iran versus Serbia) in first round on August 20 in Bahia Blanca
    29-27 (Egypt versus United States) in first round on August 19 in Almirante Brown
    29-27 (Francia versus Korea) in first round on August 20 in Almirante Brown
    29-27 (United States versus Bulgaria) in first round on August 20 in Almirante Brown

    Top Scoring Matches
    245 – United States def. Egypt 25-16, 25-21, 27-29, 34-36, 17-15 in first round on August 19 in Almirante Brown
    216 – Cuba def. Brazil 21-25, 19-25, 25-21, 27-25, 15-13 in first round on August 20 in Almirante Brown
    215 – China def. Tunisia 26-24, 21-25, 25-27, 25-21, 15-8 in first round on August 19 in Bahia Blanca
    215 - Cuba def. Korea 24-26, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 15-13 in first round on August 21 in Almirante Brown
    206 – Bulgaria def. Argentina 23-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 15-8 in first round on August 19 in Almirante Brown

  • Second round pools composition is as follows:

    Positions 1-8
    Pool E: Argentina, China, Cuba and Serbia. Pool F: Greece, Bulgaria, Spain and France.

    Positions 9-16
    Pool G: Egypt, Tunisia, Brazil and Puerto Rico. Pool H: Russia, United States, Iran and Korea

  • So far the Greeks impressed :obey: they didn't lost set, very low number UE for this age :whistle: France is like English weather, yestreday lost set 9-25 vs Brazil but managed to win after 5 sets. :what:

    Trademark of this WCH are UE, unbelievable number of errors in all matches :S

  • Holy crap, how about Gonzalo Quiroga scoring 30 points in 3 sets against USA? Maybe these argentinian generation isn't as talented as the last two (time should tell), but if they can a scorer like this to play in high level and help Facundo and co., I think that's already great news.

    By the way, who expected Bulgaria would lose to Egypt after they beated USA and Argentina?