All to play for as FIVB Women's World Championships reach second round
Tokyo, Japan, November 5, 2010 – The FIVB Women’s World Championship Japan 2010 steps up a gear on Saturday as the tournament begins the second round stage with just 16 teams left in the competition competing for Volleyball’s top prize.
The top four teams of Pool A and Pool D in the first round join together in Pool E, while the top four teams of Pool B and C are grouped in Pool F. The results from the first round are taken into the second round, so teams will only play sides they didn't play in the first round.
Second Round Pools
Pool E - Tokyo
Pool F - Nagoya
Japan, Serbia, Poland, Peru
Brazil, Netherlands, Italy, Czech Republic
Russia, Korea, Turkey, China
USA, Germany, Cuba, Thailand
On Saturday defending champions Russia will take on Peru, who finished fourth in Pool A, in their first second round match while world No.1 Brazil face Thailand in Pool F after the Asians narrowly qualified from Pool C. Elsewhere Italy face a tough match against Germany and hosts Japan play China.
The FIVB Women’s World Championship involves 24 teams and is played from October 29 until November 14 encompassing five cities across the first round and two cities for the second round, semifinals and finals. The top four teams in the four first round (Oct. 29 - Nov. 3) pools have advanced to the second round (Nov. 6 - Nov. 10) before the top six teams in the each of the two pools will advance to the semifinals (Nov. 13) and finals (Nov. 14).
Pool E in Tokyo
Serbia (9) v Turkey (22) at 10.30
Serbia will be pleased with their first round performance but lost their footing in their last match against Japan, going down 3-1. Turkey are still on track to match their 10th place finish at the last World Championships in 2006, but it will take a monstrous effort to ensure they can improve on it. This will be the second meeting between the two countries, with their only previous encounter going Serbia’s way.
Peru (17) v Russia (7) at 12.45
Russia come into the second round unbeaten after winning all five matches in Pool D while Peru had a rough time in Pool A, losing to Poland, Serbia and Japan but beating Costa Rica and Algeria to reach this stage. With both sides either end of Pool E Russia will be the favourites to continue unbeaten in this match, and the fact that Peru have never beaten the defending champions in five meetings means the South American side has it all to play.
Poland (8) v Korea (21) at 15.00
Korea had a promising first round with four wins from five and will take confidence in that. However, despite being above Poland in the group they have only beaten them three times in the past while the eastern European side has recorded seven wins against their opponents. While history is not on Korea’s side momentum is following a hard fought 3-2 victory over Turkey on Wednesday while Poland won an unchallenging match against Algeria.
Japan (5) v China (3) at 18.00
Japan had a faultless start to their campaign, winning all their first round matches while China looked incredibly shaky during the pool stages, losing to Korea and Turkey. Although China coach Yu Juemin was only recently picked to lead the side, he knows that he needs results in Japan so he will hope his side has already begun their road to recovery. Meanwhile, the host side won’t want to leave their fans unhappy, especially against Asian rivals such as China. The two sides have met 42 times in the past with Japan winning just six games.
Pool F in Nagoya
The Netherlands (10) v Cuba (6) at 11.00
In the 15 meetings between Cuba and the Netherlands the Caribbean side has come out on top 13 times so picking up a win in this match could be seen as daunting task for the Dutch. However, the girls in orange have proved they are a hard nut to crack in the past, and with Cuba only winning two of their five Pool C matches momentum will be with neither side. Cuba finished their first round campaign by going down to rivals USA 3-1 but will remain in good spirits as a solid few matches in Pool F could see the side clinch a spot in the semifinals.
Czech Republic (38) v USA (2) at 13.15
The Czech Republic are now the lowest ranked side in the tournament however that won’t stop them believing they can pick up a second shock win of the tournament, the first coming in a 3-2 victory against Italy last Tuesday. The USA’s statistics from Pool C make for intimidating reading as they are yet to be beaten and have only lost two sets. The current World Grand Prix champions also have two prolific scorers in Destinee Hooker and Foluke Akinradewo and can be a threat to any side. The last time the two sides met in a FIVB competition was at the 1994 World Championship where the USA scored a straight sets win.
Brazil (1) v Thailand (12) at 15.30
Thailand reached the second round by the skin of their teeth following a tight contest with Croatia and Cuba in Pool C. Despite winning two matches they only qualified thanks to their points ratio, but none the less they will be happy to be among the best. Brazil meanwhile came through Pool B without any slip ups, winning all five matches and losing just two sets and are on course for their target of a place in the final. The two sides last met at the 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup where Brazil won in straight sets.
Italy (4) v Germany (15) at 18.00
Only a loss to 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix champions USA stopped Germany from topping Pool C as they finished the first round with four wins from five matches. Meanwhile Italy had an inconsistent round in Pool B, beating European rivals the Netherlands but suffering an unexpected defeat to the Czech Republic. And following the 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup winners straight sets loss to Brazil, the team will be desperate to get their campaign back on track. Italy will have history on their side come match time, winning two out of 13 games between the two countries in FIVB competitions.
First Round Pool Standings
Pool A (Tokyo): Japan 10, Serbia 9, Poland 8, Peru 7, Costa Rica 6, Algeria 5
Pool B (Hamamatsu): Brazil 10, Netherlands 8, Italy 8, Czech Republic 8, Puerto Rico 6, Kenya 5
Pool C (Matsumoto): USA 10, Germany 9, Cuba 7, Thailand 7, Croatia 7, Kazakhstan 5
Pool D (Osaka): Russia 10, Korea 9, Turkey 8, China 7, Dominican Republic 6, Canada 5
Highest Scorer By Day
Day 1 (1st Rd): 28 points by Destinee Hooker (USA) in USA’s 3-1 win over Thailand in Matsumoto
Day 2 (1st Rd): 35 points by Manon Flier (NED) in Italy’s 3-2 win over the Netherlands in Hamamatsu
Day 3 (1st Rd): 27 points by Neslihan Darnel (TUR) in Turkey’s 3-2 win over the Dominican Republic in Osaka
Day 4 (1st Rd): 34 points by Aneta Havlickova (CZE) in Czech Republic’s 3-2 win over Italy in Hamamatsu
Day 5 (1st Rd): 29 points by Neslihan Darnel (TUR) in Korea’s 3-2 win over Turkey in Osaka
Highest Set Score
34-32 (CRO v CUB in Pool C) played on October 29 (Day 1) in Matsumoto and (PER v CRC in Pool A) played on November 3 in Tokyo. * Women’s World Championship records
Highest Scoring Matches
235 (CZE v ITA in 1st Round) 3-2 (25-27, 27-29, 25-23, 25-22, 17-15) played on November 2 in Hamamatsu
220 (POL v JPN in 1st Round) 2-3 (28-26, 25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 12-15) played on October 29 in Tokyo
218 (NED v ITA in 1st Round) 2-3 (25-18, 21-25, 23-25, 28-26, 12-15) played on October 30 in Hamamatsu
212 (TUR v DOM in 1st Round) 3-2 (25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 23-25, 17-15) played on October 31 in Osaka
211 (CZE v BRA in 1st Round) 2-3 (25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 9-15) played on October 30 in Hamamatsu
Tournament Top Scorers
132 Neslihan Darnel (TUR)
99 Saori Kimura (JPN)
97 Yeon-Koung Kim (KOR)
95 Prisilla Rivera Brens (DOM)
93 Manon Flier (NED)
Birthdays on November 5
Antonella Del Core (ITA) turns 30
FIVB Tournaments Coming Soon
FIVB Club World Championships (December 14-21, 2010) in Doha, Qatar
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships (June 17-26, 2011) Rome, Italy
photos Janos Schmidt