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SA boys fall to Pharaohs
- Updated: September 23, 2010
South Africa have gone down 3-0 to Egypt in their final round robin match of the Boys Youth African Nations Volleyball Championships in Cape Town.
The victory gave the Pharaohs the silver medal at the championships as Tunisia took home the gold.
In the other game on the final day, Morocco beat Algeria 3-0 (25-21 25-23 25-22).
A fiery start by the South Africans was soon extinguished by the latter as they slowly contained the powerful attacking combination of Miles Thompson and Dean Layters. Crucial blocking by Robin Wessels gave the South Africans some breathing space.
But when the Egyptians tightened their defence at the net through the lanky Mohamed Masoud and Mohamed Metawae it paid off immediately. The classy
Egyptians stepped up a few gears and cruised to a 25-14 first set win that set the stage for their eventual victory.
In the second set a fired up SA team narrowed the point’s difference to a slender 7-8 margin after having being down by 5-1 in a short space of time. SA’s middle blocker, Wessels’ huge blocking action helped his team pick up valuable points. Valuable contributions from the SA skipper Layters and the quick-hitting Thompson levelled matters at 12-12.
The fans were rubbing their hands with glee when attacker Carlo van Nelson’s powerful spike down the line felled┬á Mohamed Hassan, the Egyptian libero. Within seconds Van Nelson connected with playmaker Marshallino Jullies ‘quick set to the antennae and unleashed a “bullet” that struck Mohamed Masoud in the face.
With the Egyptians pinned on the ropes one would have expected the high-riding South Africans to stretch their lead and take the set away from the North Africans.
However all the SA lads could manage was to take a 17-16 lead which was short-lived and when the Egyptians shut the door firmly they ran out victors with a 25-19 score line.
Efforts to get back into the game proved a daunting task for the SA lads who were outgunned by a determined Egyptian team who hammered them 25-11 in the final set.