In today’s first Pool A match at “Başkent Volleyball Hall” in Ankara, the Asian side took the three points against the team of Egypt with a final score of 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-16). With 6 points from two victories in the pool, India can no longer fall beyond the third place in the final ranking. On the other hand, Egypt will have to engage in a direct battle for survival with fellow Africans from Morocco on Monday afternoon.
The first set was relatively even through the second technical time-out, after which Egypt broke away in the score and won the set by 25-22 with Islam Abdelkader spiking successfully.
India achieved a solid advantage at each of the two technical time-outs of the second set, but on both occasions Egypt managed to narrow the gap to only one point. In the end, India’s great serving efforts in this set paid off as the Asian team won by 25-21.
Sets three and four were the same story repeated twice – after the first technical time-out the team led by coach T.C. Jothish rushed off to a solid lead and never look back.
India showed a good blocking performance in this match with 5 of their 15 blocking points coming from the game’s top scorer Kumar Sinha Deepesh, who tallied up a total of 18 points, followed by Anup D’Costa (15).
Islam Abdelkader was Egypt’s most prolific player with 12 points, while Mohamed Masoud and Mostafa Abdelrahman scored 11, both.
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