Lausanne, Switzerland, June 29, 2016 - Just three teams will join Portugal for the FIVB Volleyball World League Group 2 Finals in Matosinhos from July 9 to 10, so there is a lot at stake in the third weekend of Group 2 Preliminary Round matches from July 1-3 when current leaders Canada, Turkey and the Netherlands will attempt to hold on to their positions.
Egypt (6th), Japan (7th) and Finland (4th) are the three teams able to count on the services of the leading scorers in the group: Ahmed Elkotb of Egypt (125 points), Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan (123) and Olli-Pekka Ojansivu of Finland (116). It remains to be seen whether they have it in them to move their teams up into the top three this weekend. Egypt will play the Czech Republic, Korea and the Netherlands in Pool G2 in Korea, while China, Japan, Slovakia and Turkey meet in Pool H2 in China and Canada, Cuba, Finland and Portugal meet in Pool I2 in Finland.Ahmed Elkotb scored 29 points against Turkey on Sunday
Elkotb was his team's best scorer against Finland last weekend with 14 points, but the North Africans were defeated by the Finns in three sets. Against Japan, Elkotb shared honours with teammate Mohamed Abou, both scoring 19 points to help Egypt to a five-set victory against their Far Eastern opponents. Finally, against Turkey, Egypt were again victorious with Elkotb single-handedly claiming 29 points for his team.FIVB Volleyball World League Group 2 - Statistics
Elkotb's scoring record in week two means the Egyptian replaces Ojansivu at the top of the best scorer ranking for Group 2 after the Finn claimed that honour on the opening weekend of this year's World League.
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