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Old 11-07-2007, 01:56 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Default U.S.A. beats Brazil and leads the standings with Italy

The hunt for three Olympic berths still goes on in Japan. The FIVB Volleyball World Cup 2007 is leaving Osaka and Sendai. Tomorrow will be a rest day, and on Friday the teams will play in Sapporo and Kumamoto the 3rd Round. The big match today was U.S.A. against Brazil and the tie break gave the first standing to the Americans, thanks to a great comeback (2-0 for Brazil) and an amazing tie break. The United States now are leading the World Cup standings together with the other unbeaten team, Italy.



Osaka proved to be a happy hunting ground for Korea, who won their second straight match on Wednesday, 3-0 against Thailand. After losing all three games in Tokyo, the 11th-ranked Koreans have bounced back to improve their win-loss record to 2-3 thanks to a straight-sets victory over their regional rivals, 25-21, 25-20, 25-21. World No. 30 Thailand, who had finished third to Korea's fourth in the recent Asian Championship on home soil, dropped to 0-5 on their World Cup debut. Korean Captain Kim Sa-Nee: “We had the experience of playing Thailand in the Asian Championship recently and we lost, so we were determined to beat them this time. We had a good block and that was a key to our victory.”


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Old 11-09-2007, 08:50 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Luxembourg, 8th November 2007. In the three women’s European pre-qualification tournaments to the Olympic Games 2008 in Eindhoven (NED), Ankara (TUR) and Gabrovo (BUL), the first six matches were won in three straight sets by the teams of the Netherlands, Ukraine, Spain, Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria.

In Eindhoven, the host team coached by Avital Selinger took a clear lead against the Czech Republic, winning easily the first set 25-20, the second 25-14 and the last 25-13. Manon Flier and Chaine Staelens, who was celebrating her 27th birthday, ensured the orange victory.

“This first victory is very important, because every team is at the same starting point. We are pleased with this match and knowing we have a lot more to offer, the result is satisfying,” stated Avital Selinger.

In the second match, Ukraine beat Hungary. The Ukrainian team secured the first set thanks to the powerful attacks of Olena Gasukha (25-1. In the second set, Hungary started aggressively under command of Dόra Horvάth and took an 8-5 lead, until Ukraine restored the order and quickly ended the set with 20-25, as well as the third set with a nine point difference.

In Ankara, Spain blew France off the court in the second match of the opening day of the European Olympic Pre-Qualification Tournament. (3 : 0 ; 25-22, 25-13, 25-22 ). Despite the good resistance of the French team in the third set, leading 11 to 9, the Spanish block was insurmountable and led to the victory in three sets.

Turkey, the host team, defeated also the Croatian team and cruised to the victory in just more than one hour.

Alessandro CHIAPPINI, head coach of Turkey, declared “We are missing three important players, Neslihan, Bahar and Eda, due to physical problems. But in spite of this, we won and I am very happy with the performances of our young players”.




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Luxembourg, 9th November 2007. Following the two first rounds of the Women’s World cup in Japan, the 3 European teams are still in the run to earn a precious ticket to the 2008 Olympic Games.

The final ranking of the World Cup in Japan will allow the 3 best-ranked teams to earn a direct ticket to the 2008 Olympic Games. The 2007 World Cups Men and Women are played according to the single Round-Robin system. Each team plays once against each of the 11 remaining teams. Points are accumulated during the whole tournament, and the final ranking is determined by the total points earned.
Rounds 1 + 2 (30 matches, 5 days): 12 participating teams are divided into 2 groups (Site A & Site B)
Rounds 3 + 4 (36 matches, 6 days): teams continue to play against the remaining teams of the other groups.

After the first 5 days of competition. Italy and Serbia, playing in the pool in Tokyo, both ensured their qualification for the third round of this competition, as did the team of Poland in the pool played in Hamamatsu.

Before starting the third and fourth round, in which will play in single round robin the best 12 teams qualified through the first two phases of the competition, all the teams will travel to two new hosting cities, Sapporo and Kumamoto.

Italy, 1st-ranked and level with the USA in the first qualification’s phase, as well as Serbia 4th and Poland 7th, will play the third round in Sapporo and took part, just hours before the start of the first matches, in a press conference in which the 3 respective coaches made the following declarations.

Massimo Barbolini (Italy): “We are undefeated until now, but we know that the final ranking will be decided in the last two rounds, starting with Poland tomorrow. We know that a lot of difficult matches are still ahead.”

Marco Bonitta (Poland): “Glinka has returned, and we are very happy of this because she is a very important player for our team. So far we have played pretty well but the results have not reflected this, so starting tomorrow against Italy, we want to play a good game and obtain good results”.

Zoran Terzic (Serbia): “In the European Championships, Poland beat us 3-0 very easily in one game, and in the second game we beat Poland 3-0, so if you ask me which result I would like next, I would obviously say the as in the semi-final game! After the first and second rounds, we definitely have a chance to be in the first three teams until the end of the competition, but to do that we must win all three games in Sapporo. Of course it will be very difficult, especially against Poland because everyone knows very well that Poland has a great team and an excellent coach. It is not so easy to win two times against Poland in a short period of time, but I hope and I believe that my team will have enough power to do it.”




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All future discussion/news/information regarding the Women's World Cup/Olympic Qualifier belongs here.

I bet we will be getting a lot of news, so stickied.

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Default Italy,USA still leads Standings with Unbeaten Record

Tokyo, Japan, November 9, 2007 -- The 6th day of competition at the FIVB World Cup 2007 ended with U.S.A. and Italy much closer to the final goal: the podium and a place at the Olympic Games in Beijing as U.S.A. got rid of Dominican Republic and Italy showed their best match of the event so far, beating Poland with an outstanding 3-0. The big match against the former Italian Head Coach, 2002 World Champion Marco Bonitta, and the new men on the bench of “Azzurre”, Massimo Barbolini, ended updating the win-loss record of Italy to 6-0, same as U.S.A.

It was cold outside in Sapporo's winter sunshine, but Italy were red hot in their 3-0 victory over European rivals Poland on Friday. The European champions extended their win-loss record to 6-0 with another polished performance, brushing aside the team of former Italy coach Bonitta 25-15, 25-15, 25-18 to drop the Poles to 2-4. Massimo Barbolini was really satisfied for his team: “I think we played the best match until now in this competition. We beat a team at the same level as Cuba and the United States, so for us it was a very difficult match. But we played our own Volleyball with good defence and good tactical work on the block and very, very extraordinary playing the first ball after reception.”

World No. 9 Serbia improved their World Cup win-loss record to 5-1 with a routine 3-0 victory over 18th-ranked Kenya on Friday. The 2006 World Championship bronze medallists won 25-15, 25-16, 25-10 to drop the African champions to 0-6. The Kenyans are still waiting to celebrate their first set after six straight sweeps

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Default Korea Beaten by Cuba in a Five Set Thriller at World Cup

Kumamoto, Japan, November 9, 2007 -- Cuba survived their fourth five-set match of the World Cup, coming from behind to edge the ever-improving Korea 25-20, 17-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-10 here on Friday at the 2007 World Cup.

Having won their last two games after starting the competition with three losses, the Koreans were hoping to maintain their momentum, but they were up against one of the strongest teams in the competition in Cuba and it was always going to be a tough game.

Korea Coach Lee Jung Chul was very satisfied with his team, sayin “we played well and the motivation of my players was high. I want to thank my players for doing so well today. Of course, Cuba is very strong -- they have power and they are very tall -- but the biggest thing we had to deal with was how to deal with their strong service. We must improve. Cuba were also coming off the back of two wins -- including a big five-setter against Poland -- and were starting to find their form, especially their magnificent captain Yumilka Ruiz (72 points before this match) and second-highest top scorer Nancy Carrillo (66 points).

Both teams started out in sloppy fashion, making errors, but Cuba had the edge on spikes and took the first set.But the Koreas fought back to win the next two sets, leading their opponents 2-1.

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Default Italy Beat Poland for Six Straight Win at World Cup

Kumamoyo, Japan, November 9, 2007 -- European champion Italy brushed aside European rivals Poland 25-15, 25-15 and 25-18 in Sapporo Friday afternoon for its sixth straight win at the 2007 women's volleyball World Cup. With Kenya and Peru next up for Massimo Barbolini's brilliant blues at Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center, Italy has a wonderful opportunity of heading for the Nagoya climax at 8-0 and looking good for Beijing Olympics. "I am really happy for this result of my players and for our ranking, too, because for us it was very important to win against Poland," said Italy’s head coach Barbolini. "I think we played the best match until now in this competition. We have played a very good match against a team that is at the same level as Cuba and the United States." Francesca Piccinini led Italy with 19 points and Taismary Aguero added 15. Poland’s head coach Marco Bonitta, former coach of Italy, was upset after his side's fourth defeat in six matches. "We played a very bad game, the worst we have played in this competition. We played without a strong mentality," said Bonitta. "Italy played a very good game, their defense was good and our attacks were always being dug up." Having its chance of making top three demolished, Poland will have only honor to play for in the rest of the tournament. "We cannot get a medal so we have to change our goal and think about how we are going to play from now on," Bonitta added. "We have lost some important games and the players have lost their confidence, so we have to get back to winning a game and go from match to match.



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Default Brazil Overcomes Brave Thais at World Cup

Kumamoto, Japan, November 9, 2007 -- Thailand, still seeking their first win in the World Cup, put on an impassioned performance against Brazil at Kumamoto Prefecturual Gymnasium on Friday but were unable to hold off the South American giants, falling 25-12,25-13, 25-20. Brazil now has a 5-1 record.

Thai coach Srisamutnak Nataphon said his team was gaining experience from playing against the world's best teams and his players got a first-hand look at some of the best teachers in the game.

The Thais played gamely, serving well and defending hard, but found it difficult to block against the tall Brazilians. Fabiana Claudinho, Sheilla Castro, Walewska Oliveira and Paula Pequeno were virtually unstoppable and early Thai errors didn't help their cause. But Paladsrichuay Saymai, Wilavan Apinyapong and especially Pleumjit Thinkaow showed they could deliver thumping shots of their own.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 9, 2007) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, led by Logan Tom’s (Salt Lake City, Utah) 18 points, downed NORCECA rival Dominican Republic 25-16, 20-25, 25-16, 25-18 Friday afternoon on the sixth day of the FIVB World Cup at Kumamoto, Japan.
Tayyiba Haneef-Park (left) and Danielle Scott-Arruda (right) blocks a Dominican Republic attack on Nov. 9 at the FIVB World Cup. Photo courtesy of FIVB

Team USA, ranked eighth in the latest FIVB world ranking, improves to 6-0 at the FIVB World Cup. Dominican Republic, ranked 16th in the world, falls to 1-5 in the tournament. The U.S. is tied atop the World Cup standings with Italy (6-0), which defeated Poland (2-4) 25-15, 25-15, 25-18 today at Sapporo, Japan.

“We know the tournament is very long so we want to switch a few different players,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach ‘Jenny’ Lang Ping said. “We're happy with the quality of the game but our concentration wasn't so good. I think during the whole tournament there are times when you go up and come down, but we need to keep our concentration and maintain our energy level for the next five matches.”

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 10, 2007) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team struggled early against 30th-ranked Thailand, but came back to block the upset bid with a 21-25, 25-19, 25-11, 25-13 victory Friday afternoon on the seventh day of the FIVB World Cup at Kumamoto, Japan.
Danielle Scott-Arruda hammers an attack versus Thailand on Nov. 10 at the FIVB World Cup. Photo courtesy of FIVB

Team USA, ranked eighth in the latest FIVB world ranking, improves to 7-0 at the FIVB World Cup as it held a 20-4 block advantage in the match. Thailand falls to 0-7 in the tournament. The U.S. is tied atop the World Cup standings with Italy (7-0), which defeated Kenya (0-7) 25-13, 25-13, 25-5 today at Sapporo, Japan.

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