Valdir Sequeira of Portugal slammed down six aces against Finland
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 16, 2017 – Valdir Sequeira
was in thumping form for Portugal
as they overcame Finland
3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22) in Cairo on Friday.
Sequeira was his team’s top scorer with 19 points but six of those came from the service line.
Sequeira’s serving performance was matched by France
’s Thibault Rossard
in their five-set match against Italy
. Rossard also totalled 19 points, adding two blocks and 11 kills to his six aces. Stephen Boyer
equalled Rossard’s points total but the pair couldn’t do enough to stop Italy winning 3-2.
The day’s top scoring performance came in the match between Australia
. Paul Carroll
didn’t trouble himself with too many blocks and serves (he scored in neither category), but was full-on attacking the net, picking up 27 spiking points. Luke Smith
supported him with 22 points, while Japan were led by Haku Ri
and Issei Otake
with 16 apiece.
Also in Group 2, China
’s Chuan Jiang
managed to get four of his team’s 15 blocking points against Turkey
and he added three aces for good measure. Turkey could only manage five blocks in total against China.
In the same Group, the Czech Republic
and the Netherlands
kept their opponents under pressure, limiting their top scorers to just six points.
The Dutch had a similarly easy time against Korea
with Wouter Ter Maat
topping the scorers with 16 points. Teammate Thomas Koelewijn
contributed four blocks among his eight points, while Korea’s top guns were Joo-Hyeong Park
and Kang-Won Lee
, both with six points. The Netherlands scored 14 blocking points to Korea’s one and had nine aces; Korea had none.