The FIVB Volleyball Women’s Junior World Championship Peru 2011 second round reaches the final day on Thursday with eight matches spread out over two pools in Lima and Trujillo, Peru. Brazil and China know they are in the gold-medal semifinals, while all four teams in Pool E still have a mathematical chance to either being in the top four or being dropped to the 5-8 classification.
The second round features four groups of four teams playing round-robin contests July 26 through July 28. The top eight teams are divided into two groups – Pool E and Pool F – and are in the hunt for the gold medal. The top two teams in Pools E and F advance to the semifinal round. Meanwhile, the bottom eight teams continue to play second round matches for places 9-16 in Pools G and H.
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Italy versus Dominican Republic
Italy (2-0 and 6 points in Pool E/4-1 overall) will face Dominican Republic (1-1 and 3 points in Pool E/3-2 overall) on Thursday at 6.15 in Lima. Both teams won on the middle day of second round pool play. Italy gained control of the group with a win over United States to improve to 2-0, while Dominican Republic evened their record at 1-1 with a 3-0 win over host Peru on Wednesday. Italy would earn a bid into the gold-medal semifinals with a victory, but a loss would muddy the playoff picture. Italy’s Valentina Diouf is the second-leading scorer among players in the top eight in contention for Best Scorer, while Dominican Republic’s Elizabeth Martinez ranks fifth overall in scoring. Italy’s Caterina Bosetti is fifth in Best Spiker and third in Best Receiver, while Dominican Republic’s Candida Arias is second in Best Blocker. Brenda Castillo of Dominican Republic is the Best Digger in the tournament while also ranking second in Best Receiver and Best Libero.
Peru versus United States
Both United States (1-1 and 3 points in Pool E/4-1 overall) and Peru (0-2 and 0 points in Pool E/3-2 overall) look to rebound following Wednesday night losses with a 20.15 matchup to conclude the second round Pool E in Lima. Both teams are mathematically still in contention for the gold-medal semifinal round. The United States can help their cause by winning, then would either need Italy to defeat Dominican Republic or earn the tie-breaker over a potential three-way tie for second place should the Americans and Dominican Republic lose on the final day of the second round. Peru can reach the gold-medal semifinals if they defeat the United States, Italy defeat Dominican Republic and the tiebreakers work in their favor. The United States has Kelly Reeves and Haley Eckerman ranking fifth and seventh in Best Scorer and sixth and eighth in Best Spiker, while Peru’s Brenda Uribe ranks 12th in scoring and third in Best Spiker. Uribe also ranks second in Best Server. American Natalie Hagglund is top-rated Libero and is second in Best Digger.
Brazil versus China
Brazil and China have identical 2-0 record in Pool F with six points, along with 5-0 records overall in the tournament. The teams will square off at 18.15 on Thursday evening in Trujillo to conclude the second round and decide the first and second seeds from Pool F into the gold-medal semifinals. China’s Zhou Yang is the third-best scorer in the tournament and leading the Best Blocker category, while Brazil’s Gabriela Souza is ranked fourth in scoring and second in Best Spiker. Brazil’s Samara Almeida is seventh. China’s setter Di Yao is rated the top setter in the tournament, while Brazil’s Thais Saraiva is the third-best digger. Regardless of the outcome between both teams, they are assured to be playing in the gold-medal semifinals.
Belgium versus Slovakia
Belgium and Slovakia are 0-2 without a point in Pool F, and both teams will meet at 20.15 to decide the group’s seeding into the 5-8 classification semifinal round. Belgium’s Lise Van Hecke is the tournament’s leading scorer with 136 points – 51 more points than any other player competing in the top eight. She also ranks seventh in Best Spiker, eighth in Best Blocker and third in Best Server. Slovakia’s Nikola Radosova leads her team in scoring by ranking 13th and is the leading Best Server, while teammate Simona Kosova is the leading Best Spiker and Lucia Nikmonova is the Best Receiver.
Cuba versus Japan
Both Cuba (2-0 and 6 points in Pool G/2-3 overall) and Japan (2-0 and 6 points in Pool G/2-3 overall) had disappointing starts to the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Junior World Championship Peru 2011 with 0-3 records in the first round. However, both are now guaranteed spots into the 9-12 classification semifinals regardless of the results of Thursday’s 9.30 match in Lima.
Korea versus Tunisia
Korea (0-2 and 0 points in Pool G/1-4 overall) and Tunisia (0-2 and 0 points in Pool G/1-4 overall) will face each other at 11.30 Thursday morning in a Pool G match in Lima. The match will determine seedings into the 13-16 classification semifinal round as both teams are 0-2 in the second round.
Serbia versus Russia
Russia (2-0 and 6 points in Pool H/3-2 overall) and Serbia (1-1 and 4 points in Pool H/2-3 overall) meet on the court to conclude Pool H at 9.30 Thursday morning in Trujillo. Russia, with a 2-0 record in the group and six points, has already guaranteed a spot in the 9-12 classification semifinals. However, a Serbia (1-1, four points) victory in three or four sets would send the victors to the 9-12 classification semifinals as the group’s top seed. But a Serbia loss could send the team to the 13-16 classification semifinals depending on the Poland versus Egypt match later in the morning.
Poland versus Egypt
Poland (1-1 and 2 points in Pool H/1-4 overall) will challenge Egypt (0-2 and 0 points in Pool H/0-5 overall) at 11.30 Thursday morning in a Pool H match in Trujillo. Poland needs to win the match and receive help in Russia defeating Serbia to have a chance at a spot into the 9-12 classification. Meanwhile, Egypt will seek not allow their first win in this year’s tournament, but the history of the tournament.
photos Janos Schmidt