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Russia prevail over Turkey to claim gold at Men's U23; Italy finish third

 
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 31, 2015 – Russia claimed the 2015 Men's U23 World Championship trophy after they beat the struggling Turkish team 3-1 (26-24, 16-25, 25-18, 26-24) in the final of the competition held at Al Nasr Hall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Monday.

Russia's  outside hitter  Igor Kaliuka was nominated the MVP for his great role played for the winners throughout the competition.

Italy captured the bronze medal following their exciting win over Cuba 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 25-21).

Final: Russia beat Turkey 3-1 (26-24, 16-25, 25-18, 26-24)
Russia held off a battling Turkey to win a thrilling 3-1 (26-24, 16-25, 25-18, 26-24) encounter on their path to grab the 2015 Men's U23 World Championship title at Al Nasr Hall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Monday.

Russia continued age group run of success at all categories and put their name on this title for the first time in its second edition.
 
Egor Kliuka's 20 points topped the list of the scores for the winners, followed Pavel Pankov’s 10. including 2 key block to close the intense action with a placing. Metin Toy had 20 points to head the scoring charts of Turkey. Gokhan Gokgoz contributed 16.

Bronze medal: Italy beat Cuba 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 25-21)
European giants Italy defeated Cuba  3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 25-21) to secure the bronze medal of Men's U23 World Championship. Italy revenged their Pool stage defeat to get the bronze medal, while Cuba finished fourth.
 
Italy's big gum Gabriele Nelli led the way with impressive 25 points, while centre Elia Bossi scored 14 for the winners. Osmany Uriarte led the losers with 21 points followed by Abrahan Alfonso 12. The dominance in blocking and backline defence were key factor for the Italian team to gain the bronze medal as they could won the crucial points of each set to capture the victory.

5th place: Brazil beat Argentina 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 30-32, 25-22)
Defending champions Brazil defeated Argentina 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 30-32, 25-22) in the fifth place game lasting 107 minutes. Brazil revenged their defeat in the Pool B match, when Argentina won 3-2.

With this victory, Brazil secured fifth position in the tournament, on the other side Argentina finished sixth. Brazil’s Douglas Souza was the star of the game with 20 points while Pablo Koukartsev of Argentina scored 19 points for his team.

7th place: Iran beat Korea 3-1 (25-23, 25-20, 17-25, 25-15)
Iran achieved seventh place in FIVB Men’s U23 World Championship after defeating Korea 3-1 (25-23, 25-20, 17-25, 25-15). Iran’s Pourya Fayazi Damnabi scored 16 points for winning team. Jiseok Jung’s 21 points performance was not enough for Korea to avoid defeat.

2015 Men's U23 World Championship Dream Team
• Best Outside Spiker: Igor Kaliuka (RUS)
• 2nd Best Outside Spiker: Gokhan Gokgoz (TUR)
• Best Middle Blocker: Ivan Demakov (RUS)
• 2nd Best Middle Blocker: Samet Gunes (TUR)
• Best Libero : Roman Garcia (CUB)
• Best Setter : Murat Yenipazar (TUR)
• Opposite Spiker : Metin Toy (TUR)
• Most Valuable Player : Igor Kaliuka (RUS)

Final standings:
1) Russia
2) Turkey
3) Italy
4) Cuba
5) Brazil
6) Argentina
7) Iran
8) Korea
9) Egypt
9) Tunisia
11) Mexico
11) United Arab Emirates

Best Performances
Top Scorer by Day
Day 1: 21- Gabriele Nelli of Italy v Egypt on on August 24
Day 2: 24- Javad Hosseinabadi of Iran v Korea on August 25
Day 3: 23- Metin Toy of Turkey v Mexico on August 26
           23- Maesre Uriarte of Cuba v Iran on August 26
Day 4: 34- Pablo Koukartsev of Argentina v Brazil on August 28
Day 5: 27- Fayazi Pourya of Iran v Egypt on August 29
Day 6: 23- Pablo Koukartsev of Argentina v Iran on August 30
Day 7: 25- Gabriele Nelli of Italy v Cuba on August 31

Top Scoring Performances
34- Pablo Koukartsev of Argentina v Brazil on August 28
27- Fayazi Pourya of Iran v Egypt on August 29
26- Maesre Uriarte of Cuba v Italy on August 29
25- Gabriele Nelli of Italy v Cuba on August 31
24- Gonzalo Quiroga of Argentina v Brazil on August 28
24- Javad Hosseinabadi of Iran v Korea on August 25
23- Pablo Koukartsev of Argentina v Iran on August 30
23- Ahmed Saad of Egypt v Iran on August 29
23- Tiziano Mazzone of Italy v Cuba on August 29
23- Metin Toy of Turkey v Mexico on August 26
23- Maesre Uriarte of Cuba v Iran on August 26
22- Alan Souza of Brazil v Argentina on August 28
22- Metin Toy of Turkey v Tunisia on August 25
21- Jung Jisoek of Korea v Iran on August 31
21- Osamany Uriarte of Cuba v Italy on August 31
21- Gokhan Gokgoz of Turkey v Cuba on August 30
21- Carlos Barreto of Brazil v Turkey on August 29
21- Mohamed Alsuwaidi of UAE v Cuba on August 28
21- Gokhan Gokgoz of Turkey v Russia on August 28
21- Sergai Mikitin of Russia v Argentina on August 26
21- Gabriele Nelli of Italy v Egypt on August 24

Top Individual Serving Performances
6- Gokhan Gokgoz of Turkey v Cuba on August 30
4- Elyes Garfi of Tunisia v Brazil on August 26
4- Gabriele Nelli of Italy v UAE on August 25
4- Malek Chekir of Tunisia v Russia on August 24

Top Team Serving Performances
11- Cuba v Korea on August 24
9- Turkey v Cuba on August 30
9- Italy v Egypt on August 24
9- Egypt v Italy on August 24

Top Individual Blocking Performances
8- Leandro Santos of Brazil v Argentina on August 31
8- Joaquin Gallengo of Argentina v Russia on August 26
7- Pablo Koukartsev of Argentina v Iran on August 30
7- Emre Savas of Turkey v Russia on August 28
7- Pablo Koukartsev of Argentina v Brazil on August 28
7- Joaquin Gallengo of Argentina v Turkey on August 24
7- Luca Sprito of Italy v Korea on August 26
6- Mohamed Razi of Iran v Argentina on August 30
6- Mohamed Razi of Iran v Egypt on August 29
6- Ricardo calvo of Cuba v Italy on August 29
6- Segei Nikitin of Russia v Argentina on August 26
6- Jose Martinez of Mexico v Turkey on August 26
6- Ivan Demakov of Russia v Brazil on August 25

Top Team Blocking Performances
22- Russia v Tunisia on August 24
21- Cuba v Italy on August 29
21- Russia v Turkey on August 28
18- Iran v Korea on August 31
18- Russia v Argentina on August 26
17- Argentina v Iran on August 30
17- Italy v Korea on August 26
16- Argentina v Turkey on August 24

Highest Scoring Sets
Day 1: 25-22 Cuba v Korea (3rd Set) on August 24
             25-22 Tunisia v Russia (2nd set) on August 24
Day 2: 26-24 Russia v Brazil (1st set) on August 25
Day 3: 33-31 Cuba v Iran (1st set) on August 26
Day 4: 33-31 Brazil v Argentina (3rd set) on August 28
Day 5: 27-25 Cuba v Italy (4th set) on August 29
Day 6: 27-25 Turkey v Cuba (3rd set) on August 30
             27-25 Russia v Italy (3rd set) on August 30
Day 7: 32-30 Argentina v Brazil (3rd set) on August 31

Highest Scoring Matches
Day 1 Turkey v Argentina 3-1 (25-19, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19) on August 24 - 181 points
Day 2 Iran v Korea 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22) on August 25 - 185 points
Day 3 Russia v Argentina 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 15-9) on August 26 - 212 points
Day 4 Argentina v Brazil 3-2 (25-18, 25-18, 31-33, 23-25, 15-13) on August 28 - 226 points
Day 5 Cuba v Italy 3-2 (25-27, 23-25, 26-24, 27-25, 15-9) on August 29 - 226 points
Day 6 Argentina v Iran 3-1 (25-17, 16-25, 25-23, 25-21) on August 29 - 177 points
Day 7 Russia v Turkey 3-1 (26-24, 16-25, 25-18, 26-24) on August 31 - 184 points

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