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Volleyball - 01. November 2010.

Womens Volleyball-Russia, USA, Brazil, Italy, Serbia, Japan & Korea advance to FIVB Women’s World Championship second round

Defending champions Russia became one of seven teams to book a place in the second round on Sunday after their straight-sets win over Canada
Tokyo, Japan – Defending champions Russia, World Grand Prix title holders USA, Olympic champions Brazil along with Italy, Japan, Serbia and Korea all confirmed their places in the second round of the FIVB Women’s World Championship Japan 2010 following the completion of the third day of the first round on Sunday. After a rest day on Monday, the FIVB Women’s World Championship first round continues with two more days' play with the race for the other nine second-round vacancies across the four pools still open.

The FIVB Women’s World Championship involves 24 teams and is played from October 29 until November 14 encompassing five cities across first and second rounds, semifinals and finals. The top four teams in the four first-round (Oct. 29 - Nov. 3) pools will advance to the second round (Nov. 6 - Nov. 10) before the top six teams in each of the two pools will advance to the semifinals (Nov. 13) and finals (Nov. 14).

FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2010 official page

Pool A in Tokyo
FIVB Women’s World Championship 2006 bronze medalists Serbia and hosts Japan both confirmed their places in the second round of the 2010 edition with their third win from as many matches in Pool A. After beating Costa Rica and Poland in their first two matches, Serbia kept their momentum going with a well-worked 3-1 (25-21, 16-25, 25-21, 25-18) win over Peru, who showed signs of their tough late match against Japan the night before. Serbia, who had won the only previous encounter between the two teams at the 2007 World Cup, was led by Stefana Veljkovic with 14 points, supported by four other teammates in double digits. “I’m only satisfied with the two points, because we didn’t play so well,” Serbia coach Zoran Terzic said. “It was like when we played Peru two years ago in Japan, we also faced a difficult game, and we didn’t play so well. I don’t know why. It’s important to take the two points, and this is it.” In the last match of the day, Japan continued to delight the hometown fans with their third consecutive win, a straight sets (25-18, 25-7, 25-14) victory against winless Algeria. Earlier, world No. 8 Poland got their campaign on track with their first victory of the tournament with a straight sets (25-14, 25-12, 25-15) win against world No. 31 Costa Rica.

Pool B in Hamamatsu
World Grand Champions Cup title holders Italy and Olympic champions Brazil advanced to the second round after collecting their third victories on Sunday. Italy comfortably beat fan-favorite Kenya in straight sets (25-9, 25-7, 25-21) while an inspired Brazil outclassed the Netherlands for the 17th time in 18 matches with a surprisingly one-sided match 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-14). After both teams played five-set thrillers on Saturday, Brazil seemed much fresher and on top of their game, with snappy attacks and better defensive coverage than previous matches. The Dutch could not sustain any attacking momentum, and even their ace spiker Manon Flier missed serves and spikes after her record-setting performance a day earlier. “We played a great match today, especially in terms of serving and blocking, and we did what we thought we could do,” Brazil coach Jose Guimaraes said. “We really understood that this was a key match and we prepared well for it. I was very happy that we executed what we planned to do.” In the first match of the day the Czech Republic defeated Puerto Rico in straight sets (25-14, 25-14, 25-17).

Pool C in Matsumoto
World Grand Prix champions USA confirmed their place in the next phase with their third win from as many matches and 14th match on the trot across all FIVB competitions with an impressive 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-17) win over the previously unbeaten Germany. Meanwhile, Thailand maintained their good form with their second win - a clinical 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-17) win over Croatia. In the first match of the day, Cuba picked up their first win of the group, overcoming Kazakhstan 3-2 (20-25, 25-15, 27-25, 23-25, 15-10) in the Matsumoto City Gymnasium. Both teams were winless coming into the match. Cuba’s Kenia Carcaces scored 25 points including six service winners while Yoana Palacios and Rachel Sanchez added 23 and 20 respectively. “We are in a situation of do-or-die, it's like we're competing for the World Championship in every match,” Cuba coach Juan Gala Rodriguez said. “I hope our team continues to play at a high level; we can't afford to let up. The most important thing today is we rediscovered Kenia Carcaces, Palacios and Ana Lidia Cleger. I think if they can all maintain their level, we will be able to compete.”

Pool D in Osaka
Defending champion Russia booked their place in the third round with their third win from three matches with a straight sets (25-13, 25-16, 25-21) win over winless Canada at Osaka City Municipal Gymnasium. Vladimir Kuzyutkin's team was dominant from start to finish as the young Canadians fought gamely but could not deal with the power game and experience of the Russians, who have won the previous two games against Canada in the past. Veteran star and Russia’s top scorer in the tournament Ekaterina Gamova led Russia with 15 points (12 on attack). “We started the match with too much respect for them and made too many errors,” Canada coach Arnd Ludwig said. “But we improved as the match went on. That is important.” Korea, ranked 21st in the world, joined Russia in the next round with a surprisingly comfortable straight sets (25-22, 25-23, 25-23) win over world No. 3 China. In the earlier match Turkey improved to 2-1 with a five-set (25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 23-25, 17-15) victory over the Dominican Republic, who had two match points. The 11th-ranked Dominicans started slowly and struggled against their 22nd-ranked foes before roaring back into the match. The loss was the third straight for Marcos Kwiek's team. Neslihan Darnel paced Turkey with a match-high 27 points while Prisilla Rivera was the top scorer for the Dominican Republic with 24 points.

Match Schedule – Nov 2 (Nov. 1 is a rest day)

Pool A  - Tokyo    Pool B - Hamamatsu    Pool C - Matsumoto    Pool D - Osaka
SRB v ALG (13:00)    BRA v PUR (13:30)    CRO v GER (13:30)    TUR v CAN (13:30)
POL v PER (15:30)    NED v KEN (16:15)    THA v CUB (16:15)    RUS v KOR (16:15)
CRC v JPN (18:45)    CZE v ITA (18:45)    USA v KAZ (18:45)    DOM v CHN (18:45)

Pool Standings
Pool A (Tokyo): Japan 6, Serbia 6, Poland 4, Peru 4, Costa Rica 4, Algeria 3
Pool B (Hamamatsu): Brazil 6, Italy 6, Czech Republic 4, Netherlands 4, Puerto Rico 4, Kenya 3
Pool C (Matsumoto): USA 6, Thailand 5, Germany 5, Cuba 4, Croatia 4, Kazakhstan 3
Pool D (Osaka): Russia 6, Korea 6, Turkey 5, China 4, Dominican Republic 3, Canada 3

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

Highest Set Score
34-32 (CRO v CUB in Pool C) played on October 29 (Day 1) in Matsumoto. * Women’s World Championship record

Highest Scoring Matches
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
210 (KAZ v CUB in 1st Round) 2-3 (25-20, 15-25, 25-27, 25-23, 10-15) played on October 31 in Matsumoto

Tournament Top Scorers
78 Neslihan Darnel (TUR)
68 Manon Flier (NED)
63 Yeon-Koung Kim (KOR)
61 Prisilla Rivera (DOM)
60 Ekaterina Gamova (RUS)

Birthdays on November 3
Lydia Maiyo (KEN) turns 22

FIVB Tournaments Coming Soon
The FIVB Club World Championships (December 14-21, 2010)  in Doha, Qatar
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships (June 17-26) Rome, Italy
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