PRESS RELEASE 11.08.2003


U18 Girls' World Championship - Three more quarterfinalists confirmed

Pila & Wloclawek, Poland, August 11, 2003 - Three teams joined Brazil and confirmed their spot in the quarterfinals of the 2003 FIVB Girls' Under 18 World Championship after day three action in Poland on Monday.

Brazil had already qualified having won their first two matches to put themselves in an unassailable position in Pool D but the other three places were up for grabs to the other three first place getters in each pool.

The first place getters in each pool automatically qualify for the play-off seeding group, which play os Wednesday, while the second and third place getters head into a play-off elimination group with the aim of qualifying for the quarterfinals.

In Group A, European champions Croatia finished unbeaten top of the pool ahead of Serbia and Montenegro (2), after winning the top-of-the-table clash 3-0, and Venezuela (3). In Pool B, Russia, who beat Poland 3-1, finished ahead of the Eastern Europeans (2) and Thailand. In Pool C, China topped the group ahead of Italy (2), after winning their clash 3-2, and Chinese Taipei (3)while Brazil clinched Pool D ahead of USA and the Czech Republic, with a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic.

The four teams ranked first in each preliminary pool will be set in two pairs of teams to play two seeding group matches. Two winners and two losers will be determined.

The play-off elimination group will be composed of eight teams: the four teams ranked second and the four teams ranked third in each preliminary pool. Each of these teams will play one elimination match for a total of four matches.

The four teams that win these four play-off elimination group matches will join the other four teams to play the final round, starting with the quarterfinals.

Tuesday is a rest day.