The first edition of the 2013 FIVB Women’s U23 Volleyball World Championship drew much interest from the crowd as the best teams under 23 clashed for a 7-day volleyball tournament in Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico.


It’s almost semifinals and the Americans have survived from the very strong Brazilians in an epic 5-setter match earlier today, (3-2), 25-20, 16-25, 10-25, 25-22, 15-9. That was a very exciting moment . The winner would earn the ticket for the semifinal round.


It was a do or die match between the two squads because only one team is needed to complete the Final 4. The Americans have started well during their opening set and sealed the set, 25-20. With their combined powerful attacks from the open and running hits, the Brazilians lost their momentum to outscore the Americans.


But the Brazilians changed the story in the second set and upset the Americans with a very good finish, 25-16. Massive blocks and middle hits were the key powers of the Brazilians to steal the game one set apiece.  Likewise, they maintained their game in the 3rd set and easily subdued the Americans with superb blocks above the net .


Being down by two sets the Americans were upset. However, they bounced back in the 4th set and forced the Brazilians into an exciting 5th set. No team has led big points until the 2nd technical time out when USA went ahead, 16-14. Brazil was trying to end the match and tied at 18 but the Americans found ways to stop the Brazilians and won the set, 25-22.


It was an exciting 5th set of the game. Both teams tied at 2. But the Brazilians started to fire long hits and massive blocks from the Americans, 8-4. Unforced errors from the Brazilian squad were evident and the Americans used the great chance to go ahead, 10-5. Brazil was making their run but it was too late because USA showed excellent reception and sealed the match, 15-9.

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