Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, November 11, 2014 - Hosts Egypt and Tunisia claimed two World Championship berths after they secured the top two positions at the 2014 Men's U23 African Nations Championship following their fourth successive victories in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt on Tuesday.
Egypt started slowly in the first set before beating Morocco 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-18), while Tunisia cruised past Libya 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-15). Both teams have won their four matches at the competition without dropping a set, collecting the maximum of 12 points.
The two African giants will meet on Wednesday to determine which team wins the first ever continental competition for this age category.
In the third match of day 4, Algeria stunned Rwanda 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-15) to take third place with a 2-2 win-loss record and six points. Libya and Rwanda are both on a 1-3 win-loss record, while Morocco have lost their four matches.
Tunisia dominated all the skills to overpower Libya 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-15) in 59 minutes in the first of the day 4 matches. Tunisia piled on the pressure through their spike serves, unsettling the Libyan defence and securing an easy victory.
Tunisia dominated blocking (16-4), serves (7 aces/1) and spiking (39/21).
The win meant Tunisia improved their win-loss ratio to 4-0 to lead the competition with 12 points. Libya dropped to 1-3, remaining on 3 points.
Middle blocker Mohamed Brahim led the Tunisian scorers with 15 points, followed by Adam Oueslati with 12. Libyans Alamin Al Saghir and Hossam Al Kobairy scored 6 points each.
Tunisia started the match focusing on serves and causing errors in reception, and took an 8-2 lead. The Libyan team tried to make a comeback, but the Tunisians ruled the net to win the set 25-13.
The Libyan players were affected by their loss of the first set, while the Tunisians were able to build on their strategy in the second and third sets, winning them 25-13 and 25-15 to claim a straight sets victory.
Algeria v Rwanda 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-15)
Attackers Akram Dekkiche and Amar Harz led Algeria to cruise past Rwanda 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-15) in 69 minutes.
Algeria improved their win-loss ratio to 2-2 and 6 points to jump to the third position in the competition, while Rwanda dropped to 1-3, three points and fifth position.
Akram Dekkiche led the Algerian scorers with 14 points followed by Amar Harz on 11 points. Nelson Murangwa was the top Rwandan scorer with 12 points, followed by Aimable Mutuyimana on 10 points.
The Algerian team made a disciplined start and used their big gun Amar Harz to score points from position 4. Rwanda entered the match through their wing spiker Aimable Mutuyimana, who helped decrease the point deficit tol 20-18. Algeria, however, won the crucial points to win the set 25-22.
Algerian dominance increased in the second set with mistakes coming from the Rwandan players. Dekkiche played his best to lead his team to 25-20 and a 2-0 lead.
Rwandan motivation waned, while the Algerians showed improvement in their attacks, although their coach Samir Zaitoni made a lot of substitutions. The Algerians claimed the set 25-15 to win the match.
Egypt v Morocco 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-18)
Egypt continued their winning streak by overwhelming Morocco 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-18) in 72 minutes. Egypt improved to a win-loss ratio of 4-0 with 12 points, while Morocco dropped to 0-4.
Egypt totally dominated most of the skills with a 5/3 advantage in ace services, 13-5 in blocking and 41/28 in spiking, which naturally led to a comfortable victory with coach Gaber Abdelsalam playing the full list of 12 players.
The Egyptian team started well in the first set, where they led 8-3 at the first TTO, but suddenly Morocco were back in the game after Brahim Ameur's serves helped to decrease the point deficit to 16-14 at the second TTO. The Moroccan kept up with the Egyptians until Gaber Abdelsalam made some substitutions which helped Egypt win the set 25-23.
Egypt changed three players in their lineup, but they maintained their dominance through the serves and blocking activity of both Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Maher, to win the set 25-14.
In the third set, the deciding factor was again the quick attacks through the centres and the Egyptian kill blocks. Egypt won the set 25-18 and the match 3-0.