Volleyball: Second victory raises Egypt's hopes for better rank at World Cup

Eslam Omar , Tuesday 22 Sep 2015

The eight-time African champions have a final to chance to improve their world rankings when they play against the competent Iran on Wednesday

Egypt Volleyball players
Egypt Volleyball team celebrate winning against Venezuela Tuesday in Japan's World Cup (Photo: FIVB)

Egypt clinched their second win at the Volleyball World Cup defeating Venezuela 3-1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-18, 25-20) on Tuesday to raise their hopes for a better ranking.

"We played a very good match today and our spirits are very high, the players can get experience from this match. So I think we will succeed with some targets and I hope we will carry on like this," Egypt's coach Nehad Shehata said after the game.

World Cup top scorer, Egypt Captain Ahmed Salah during Venezuela win Tuesday (Photo: FIVB)

The Pharaohs have become 10th in the twelve-team tournament's rankings with 8 points, winning only two games with eight defeats.

Their first win came against Tunisia on Monday.

"I want to congratulate my team, coaches and staff. I’m very happy to win today. We played a good match, and were helped by the win yesterday and I hope we can continue like this," Egypt's Captain Ahmed Salah Abdel-Hay said after the match.

Salah Abdel-Hay remained the tournaments top scorer with 217 points, ahead of Argentine's Facundo Conte with 192 and Poland's Bartosz Kurek, 169.

Egypt Volleyball team religiously celebrate second win in World Cup against Venezuela Tuesday (Photo: FIVB)

"Egypt is a strong team and unfortunately we couldn’t play as well in the third and fourth sets," said Venezuela's coach Vincenzo Nacci.

The winners of eight African Championships are targeting a world ranking of at least eighth to surpass their previous highest ranking of 11th in 2009.

They have a tough final test against Iran early on Wednesday.

Poland are still leading the tournament with 29 points from 10 wins, three points ahead of Italy and five more than the USA.

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