Cairo, Egypt, March 1, 2015 - Egypt added a title to their collection as they beat Algeria 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21) in the final of the Men's U21 African Nations Championship held at the Eastern Company Hall in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday.
Egypt have won the title four times in this age category, while Algeria have won it twice. Tunisia are the record-holders with nine championship victories to their name.
Egypt topped the three-nation tournament with a win-loss ratio of 2-0 (6 points), ahead of Algeria, who dropped to 1-1 (3 points) after losing to Egypt. Both teams confirmed tickets to the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship in Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico from September 11-20. Morocco ended the African tournament in third place with a 0-2 record.
The match between Egypt and Algeria started competitively, with both teams deploying solid blocks. Egypt's Hesham Yosry performed well in Position 3 to lead his team to a 16-11 lead, before Algeria's Larbi Hedroug helped his team back to 23-23. The set went to Egypt in the end, however, with a 25-23 score.
Setter Ahmed El Ashry helped Egypt back into the game in the third set, combining with his outside hitters to win it 25-22.
Algeria kept up with Egypt in the fourth set, and were level at 15-15, but their rivals claimed the crucial points to end the set at 25-21 and win the match by three sets to one.
• Best Spiker: Hamza Ouafi (MAR)
• Best Blocker: Abdelrahman Abdalla (EGY)
• Best Server: Mohamed Ali Elsheikh (EGY)
• Best Receiver: Larbi Hedroug (ALG)
• Best Libero: Ibrahim Sbaibi (ALG)
• Best setter: Ahmed El Ashry (EGY)
• MVP: Ahmed Diaa (EGY)