Nagga stars in Tunisia’s five-set win over Montenegro


Tunis, Tunisia, 12 Jun, 2017 - Hamza Nagga scored 20 points in Tunisia’s 3-2 win over Montenegro at the end of a fascinating volleyball weekend in Tunis.

Aleksandar Minic of Montenegro was the night’s top scorer with 24 points, all of them in attack.

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The score was tied for the most part of the opening set. At 16-all the hosts began building their advantage. They first built a two-point lead which they then managed to extend thanks to good blocks and an ace. The finished the set at 25-20.

Montenegro were not able to regroup for the second set. After a close start, they handed the lead to Tunisia through their own errors, making it 10-7 for the home side. Confident play by Tunisia coupled with further Montenegrin mistakes allowed the African side to build a nearly double-digit lead. In a last-ditch attempt Montenegro managed to save four set points in a row, before conceding the set, 25-20.

In the third set saw more of competitive volleyball with the scored tied up until the second technical time-out, at which point Montenegro went 16-14 up. They were able to hold on to that lead and even extend it to 22-19 at one point. Tunisia were unwilling to let the set slip away, however, and quickly came back to tie the score at 22-all. Still, the visitors were able to clinch the set, with a powerful block making it 25-23.

The fourth set was once again a closely-contested affair. Tunisia managed to break away to a two-point lead at 16-14, before Montenegro tied things up again at 18-all. Both teams traded points until 22-all when the visitors snatched three in a row, and the set, 25-22.

The fans expected the tiebreaker to be another nail-biter, but the home team surprised them by jumping ahead, 7-3. The continued by building on that lead and eventually won the final set in a few minutes, 15-7.


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