COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 16, 2007) - The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team finished the 2007 FIVB World Cup with a 9-2 record and bronze medal, but the final place on the medal stand took a back seat after the Americans earned a ticket to the 2008 Olympic Games on the second to last day of the tournament.
The FIVB Volleyball World Cup, held every four years in the preceding year to the Olympics, is the first of three Olympic qualification steps for Beijing 2008. The top three teams at the World Cup qualify for the 2008 Olympics. The FIVB World Cup is a 12-team event with a round-robin playing format of 11 matches in 15 days.
The U.S. started off the tournament with an 8-0 record heading into the fourth and final stage held in Nagoya. Team USA rebounded from a Nov. 14 loss to Serbia by defeating Japan in straight sets on Nov. 15 to assure itself a spot on the medal stand and berth in the Olympics. On the final day of the event, the Americans lost to gold-medalist Italy. Brazil finished with the silver with a 9-2 record, despite the U.S. winning the head-to-head match on Nov. 7.