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Old 11-11-2007, 04:22 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Default FIVB Volleyball World Cup 2007: the road rollers Italy and U.S.A. look at Beijing

Tokyo, 11th November 2007 – The venues in Sapporo and Kumamoto saw today the end of the 3rd Round of the Women’s World Cup 2007: the standings still have Italy and U.S.A. leading unbeaten. Two rest days will prepare the stage for the final round, the 4th in the World Cup Round Robin, which will be played from Wednesday in Nagoya.

Ruthless Italy romped to a straight-sets victory over Peru in the first match of the day at Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Centre on Sunday. The European champions and world No. 4 outclassed the 18th-ranked South Americans 25-13, 25-21, 25-17 to head for the Nagoya climax with a perfect 8-0 win-loss record. Peru, who qualified for the World Cup as continental vice champions behind Brazil, dropped to 1-7. Italian Head Coach Massimo Barbolini was impassive as usual: “Probably today we have not played a very glittering match, but this was because of the good serve and defence of Peru in the second and third sets. In the end we won with good points, so we have to be happy to finish the third round undefeated.”

Poland derailed Serbia's drive to Beijing with a stunning 3-2 upset on Sunday afternoon. The Poles improved their win-loss record to 3-5 with a 24-26, 25-23, 25-12, 19-25, 15-10 victory, dropping Serbia to 6-2 with three tough matches to come. Poland, a wild card here and world No.10, also had the player of the match in Anna Podolec, who destroyed the defence of the 2006 World Championship bronze medallists with a display of relentless power and precision. It was the first match coached by Mauro Masacci, since Marco Bonitta flew back to Italy for family problems. “I think it was a very good match for both teams” said Polish Captain Milena Rosner. “Our team played very good in serve and block at many moments. Sometimes the match looked like men’s volleyball with very hard hits and attacks. I want to say that this match is a present for our coach (Bonitta). He is travelling home and we are with Marco now. We are with him with our whole heart.”

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Old 11-11-2007, 04:23 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Default Volleyball is all my life: Ruiz

Kumamoto, Japan, November 11, 2007 - The system of the World Cup requires highly physically fit players specially in the Women’s competition where the player should perform 11 matches in 15 days including the travel days between the Japanese cities, but for the Cuban star Yumika Ruiz no problem with that as she was the most prominent player in the competition to keep her performance steady all through the competition till now.

Ruiz decided to devote her life to Volleyball. Even her study is also in the sports field as she is making researches in physical education specially in Volleyball field. The strong Cuban wing spiker is single because she wants to concentrate her life on her sports carrier before being involved more in her social life so she is keeping her concentration dedicated to Volleyball.

From the technical point of view, Ruiz is considered the most important item in her coach’s strategy. Antonio Perdomo, using a different strategy than any other coach in the competition and playing with two setters, depends much on the ability of Ruiz to spike from both the front and backlines.

“The most important advantage of Ruiz is that she keeps her performance almost the same all through the match” her coach Perdomo said. “She can play five sets with the same performance and it is very important for us because we were the team playing a record of tie breaks in this competition.”

Ruiz made a lot of trouble for the opponent coaches with her unstoppable spikes even with the most disciplined blocks because she can jump with her flexible body above and sent her rockets to their field. The Brazilian head coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes was one of those coaches who suffered a lot from Ruiz’s hits during Brazil vs. Cuba match. “I considered during the match that we were facing a Men team because the spikes of Ruiz were nearer to men’s style than the women’s” Guimaraes said.

Ruiz played for her national team since 6 years and wants to continue playing for her country until she feels that she is unable to keep her performance. “I like Volleyball, it is my life, so I devoted my life to my beloved sport” Ruiz confirmed.



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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 11, 2007) – Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) tallied 17 points with 13 kills on 15 errorless attacks as the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team blanked Korea 25-21, 25-19, 25-23 Sunday afternoon on the eighth day of the FIVB World Cup at Kumamoto, Japan.
Danielle Scott-Arruda and Kim Glass put up a blocking wall versus Korea on Nov. 11 at the FIVB World Cup. Photo courtesy of FIVB

Team USA, ranked eighth in the latest FIVB world ranking, improves to 8-0 at the FIVB World Cup. Korea falls to 2-6 in the tournament. The U.S. is tied atop the World Cup standings with Italy (8-0), which defeated Peru (1-7) in three sets today at Sapporo, Japan.

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.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 14, 2007) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team's undefeated run at the FIVB World Cup came to an end with a 26-28, 25-23, 20-25, 23-25 loss to Serbia Wednesday afternoon on the ninth day of the FIVB World Cup at Nagoya, Japan.
Team USA huddles after a point against Serbia on Nov. 14 at the FIVB World Cup. Photo courtesy of FIVB

Team USA, ranked eighth in the latest FIVB world ranking, falls to 8-1 at the FIVB World Cup. Serbia, ranked ninth in the world, improves to 7-2.

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.

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Default Team USA Loses First Match at 2007 World Cup, 3-1 to Serbia

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 14, 2007) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team's undefeated run at the FIVB World Cup came to an end with a 26-28, 25-23, 20-25, 23-25 loss to Serbia Wednesday afternoon on the ninth day of the FIVB World Cup at Nagoya, Japan.

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Default Nagoya will close the event on Friday

Tokyo, 12th November 2007 – The 12 Head Coaches of the FIVB Volleyball World Cup 2007 had their first press conference all together in Nagoya to launch the 4th and final Round of the competition. Three tough days of matches will decide the podium and the first three Olympic berths.

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Default the Italian masterpiece against Brazil, Serbs stop U.S.A.

Tokyo, 14th November 2007 – An amazing day at the FIVB Women’s World Cup started the Nagoya session, a double venue setting for the ninth day of the FIVB event. Italy beat Brazil in an outstanding match to lead the standings, then Serbia smashed U.S.A. and the evening came with a last match won by Cuba against Japan in front of 8,000 spectators. The three Olympic berths are still pending, and Nagoya is still promising fantastic battles for the podium.

European champions Italy swept South American champions Brazil 3-0 when the World Cup resumed on Wednesday at Nippon Gaishi Hall. Thanks to their 25-20, 25-23, 25-19 victory, the “Azzurre” improved their win-loss record to 9-0 and took a massive step towards Beijing. Brazil dropped to 7-2, having lost 3-2 to USA earlier in the competition. Italy's last two matches are against Cuba on Thursday and the United States on Friday, while Brazil will meet Serbia on Thursday and Japan in the last match of the competition on Friday evening. The Head Coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes took all the team to the press conference, not only the team captain as usual: “It is very difficult for me to say anything after such a bad match. I feel ashamed. I have never seen such bad play as today. It is true that Italy played very well, but our performance was so bad. I want to apologise to the people who watched this game. Why I brought all my players into the press conference? It is better for the press to ask them. They are here to answer this question. Italy? Aguero is the big difference. They are a different team with her.”

Serbia returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over the previously undefeated United States. In the second match of the day, the 2006 World Championship bronze medallists beat the Americans 28-26, 23-25, 25-20, 25-23 to improve their World Cup win-loss record to 7-2. USA arrived in Nagoya at 8-0 but are now 8-1 with two matches remaining. The United States will play Japan on Thursday and Italy on Friday, while Serbia take on Brazil on Thursday and finish with Cuba. Captain Vesna Citakovic: “It was a very big game for us and both teams were fighting until the end. I think the supporters enjoyed this Volleyball and today we played a little bit better than the America team. We tried to play aggressively in serve, block and defence, and I think we deserved this victory.”

Cuba fought back from one set down to beat Japan 3-1. The four-time World Cup winners won 22-25, 31-29, 25-23, 25-20 to improve their World Cup record to 7-2 and stay in the hunt for a top-three finish with two matches to go. Japan, the Asian champions, dropped to 6-3 in the face of a ferocious Cuban onslaught, especially a well-drilled, crunching block. Japan will finish their campaign with games against USA on Thursday and Brazil on Friday, while Cuba will meet Italy on Thursday and Serbia on Friday. “We had a really tough three sets” said Head Coach Antonio Perdomo. “In the second set our service was so effective as to stop the Japanese combination attacks. In the first set my impression was that the Japanese service was good, and I could tolerate our errors in service as long as we could handle the difficult service of Japan.”

Thailand won the battle of the World Cup's two winless teams with a hard-fought victory over Kenya in Komaki Park Arena on Wednesday. The Thais triumphed 25-15, 23-25, 22-25, 25-13, 15-10. This match was a huge match for both teams as both were winless coming into the game and there was a chance that the loser would go home without a victory. Thailand had the better record, having won five sets to Kenya's zero. Kenya's longest match before this one was an hour and six minutes and their shortest was just 52 minutes, while Thailand had pushed the Dominican Republic to an hour and 54 minutes and even stretched Cuba to an hour and 36 minutes. Their shortest game, like Kenya's, was against Italy, with the Thais managing to last just two minutes more at 52 minutes. Kenya Captain Catherine Wanjiru at the end was happy: “That’s because the team managed to win two sets. Since the start of the tournament we hadn't won any sets, so we tried.”

Poland eased past the Dominican Republic with a comfortable 25-14, 25-14, 25-18 victory. Poland were hoping to improve their record of just three wins in eight matches, while the Dominican Republic were looking for their second win. The match went very much according to the form book, with Poland encountering only sporadic resistance against the inconsistent Dominicans. Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata led the Poles with an impressive 17 points, while Bethania De La Cruz had 12 points for the Dominicans. “Nothing has changed despite the change of coach” Mauro Masacci told the press, being promoted after Head Coach Bonitta had to leave the tournament. “Against Japan we had a good game, while against Serbia I think we had good luck. This is the team that the former coach made and we'd like to stay in good condition and play well.”

After losing their last three matches to three strong teams (Brazil, Cuba, the United States), South Korea got back on the winning track in the World Cup to overcome Peru 25-17, 26-24, 25-20. The Koreans now have three wins against six losses, while Peru fell to 1-8. Seventeen-year-old Bae Yoo Na was the top scorer for South Korea with 12 points, while Kim Yeon Koung and Han Yoo Mi both had 11. Milagros Moy scored 12 points for Peru and captain Leyla Chihuan added 11. Despite the victory, Korea Coach Lee Jung Chul stressed his team’s problems: “We did not have high enough concentration. Our team does well when we can serve, receive and do our set plays properly, but today we didn't have enough concentration and it really didn't go so well. We want to practice our set plays more.”



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Default Italy and U.S.A. qualified for Beijing Olympic Games

Tokyo, 15th November 2007 – With an outstanding match, the first one ever played by Taismary Aguero against her former team Cuba, Italy got enough points in the FIVB Women’s World Cup 2007 to be the first team to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games. Then U.S.A. achieved the same goal in the next match played in Nagoya by beating Japan 3-0. Tomorrow three key matches will decide the podium and the third berth for Beijing.

Brazil produced an outstanding performance to demolish Serbia 3-0 in the first match of the day at Nippon Gaishi Hall on Thursday. Clearly motivated by their heavy loss to Italy the previous day, the South American champions sent shell-shocked Serbia spinning to a straight-sets defeat, 25-13, 25-14, 25-21. With the win, 2006 World Championship silver medallists Brazil improved their World Cup record to 8-2. The Serbs, who won bronze at the 2006 World Championships in Osaka, dropped to 7-3. Serbia's last match is against four-time World Cup winners and reigning NORCECA champions Cuba on Friday afternoon. Brazil will play Asian champions Japan in the last match of the competition on Friday evening. The Head Coach Zoran Terzic said: “I do not know really what happened today. I must look at this game one more time, or two or three, to see what happened. Maybe we played very bad but I think today Brazil played very, very good, especially in defence; of course in the other elements, but especially in defence. I think our attack is not so bad, but today it was like a cat playing with a mouse.”

Italy booked a place in the Beijing Olympic Games by recording their 10th straight win in the World Cup, beating Cuba 3-0 in the second match of the day. Playing without injured captain Lo Bianco but with former Cuba star Aguero in the line-up, the European champions came home 27-25, 25-19, 25-16 to guarantee a top-three finish with one match to go. Cuba, the reigning NORCECA champions who have won the World Cup four times, dropped to 7-3. Italy play the United States on Friday, while Cuba close their programme against Serbia in the first match of the day. “Italy played extremely well” said Cuban Captain Yumilka Ruiz. “That is all I can say about this game. Taismary Aguero? I had no special feeling. She is now a member of the Italy team.” For Aguero, who scored 12 points like teammate Del Core, was a very special day since she left Cuba in 2001. “It was difficult for me” she said in the mixed zone “and days ago I thought I was not really sure to play. But in your life you have to face some obstacles. I wanted the Olympic Games and I knew that at Beijing I could play against my former team. So better now than then. I had strange feelings, but I play for Italy. Winning this game was a very important step for me and for my team.”

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Default World Cup Debut Thailand Finishes 10th with 2 Wins and 9 Defeats

Nagoya, Japan, November 16, 2007 -- Thailand who participated in the World Cup for the first time lost their last match to Poland in straight sets (25-15, 25-17, 25-22) here on Friday and finished 10th in the 2007 FIVB Women's World Cup.

The World Cup's leading scorer, Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata, added 22 points to her total and put herself in a good position to take the scoring title. Wilavan Apinyapong led the Thais with 10 points.

With Japan (six wins against four defeats) facing third-placed Brazil in the final match of the day, a win by Poland would almost certainly put them into the top half of the table with a 6-5 record, edging Japan on points difference. Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata also had the opportunity to finish as the tournament's top scorer.

During the match, Thais once took the lead in the early stage in the three sets, but despite some great defensive work by the Thais, they found it hard to hold off the bigger Poles. The Thais played superb volleyball to down Peru on Thursday and they were coming into this game with their tails up. But to beat the towering Poles -- especially Malgorzata Glinka-Mogentale (190 cm), Anna Podolec (193 cm) and Maria Liktoras (191 cm) -- would still be a tall order for the Thais, whose tallest players are only 180 cm.

Thailand Coach Srisamutnak Nataphon said that "First, congratulations to the Polish team on their win. In the first two sets, we didn't do so well, but in the end we got better, especially on our receiving and defense. The team has improved a lot and I can say we have done our best."



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Default Brazil Beats Japan to Finish Second at Women's World Cup

Nagoya, Japan, November 16, 2007 -- Brazil clinched their fourth consecutive podium finish, placing second after Italy at the World Cup by beating Japan 3-1 in the last match of the competition at Nippon Gaishi Hall on Friday night.

The South American champions and world No. 3, who have never won the World Cup, qualified comfortably for Beijing with a 25-16, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18 victory over the host team to finish with a 9-2 win-loss record.

Japan, the Asian champions and ranked seventh in the world, dropped to 6-5 after losing their third straight at Nagoya. But at least Japan recovered their pride after the previous night's heavy defeat by the United States.

After losing the first , Japan fought back from behind to level the scores at 9-9 and 12-12. Kimura beat the Brazilian defense with a perfectly-placed and perfectly-weighted flat serve into the corner, and Takahashi thundered one past a diving libero Fabi for 15-13. When a block on Kurihara dropped wide, the home team had the luxury of a three-point cushion, 16-13, at the second TTO. With Japan in front 23-22, Jaqueline's attempted drop shot was too weak and hit the net, giving Japan two set points. Walewska saved the first one, and defended well on the second, but could not stop Araki thumping the winner down the right for 25-23, 1-1.

The third set was dominated by Brazil who led all the way to take the set without much pressure from Japan.

Although Japan matched Brazil's early points in the fourth set, the South Americans looked ready to cut loose as Fabiana, Sassa and Sheilla, the latter on the end of some sweeping combinations, scored high-speed winners. When Kimura sliced one wide of the right line, coach Yanagimoto took off his tiring team for a second TO, the spectators sensing the end was close. Walewska dummied for Paula to hammer another clean winner, before Walewska herself finished off a loose ball with an authoritative strike at close quarters.

Fabiana blocked Takahashi for match point at 24-18, and Sheilla did the same to end it at the first attempt, 25-18, 3-1.

Head Coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes said he was happy to qualify for Beijing Olympics because this was their target, "but it is a pity because we came here to improve and win this tournament but we have kept the same position as four years ago. I have to say Italy did a very good job, took first place and is the top team in the world."



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