Day 2 promises to be just as exciting for Women's World Championship
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 23, 2014 –After 12 matches opened the first day of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship Italy 2014, an additional dozen matches will come to the courts in Rome, Trieste, Verona and Bari on Wednesday.
Germany vs. Argentina – Both Germany and Argentina will be seeking their first victory in this edition of the World Championship after suffering losses on the opening day. Germany nearly came back from a 2-1 deficit against Dominican Republic on Tuesday, but fell short 15-13 in the tiebreaking fifth set. Argentina dropped four-set match to Croatia on the opening day. Germany and Argentina are playing for the fourth time in World Championship, Germany has won all three previous meetings.
Croatia vs. Italy – Italy excited their crowd on opening day with a three-set win over Tunisia, while CEV rival Croatia held off Argentina in a four-set win on Tuesday in Rome. Croatia, playing Italy for the third time in World Championship, won the last meeting with the Italians in World Championship competition with a 3-2 win in the 1998 edition.
Cameroon vs Brazil – Brazil held Bulgaria to 75 points in a Pool B sweep to open the World Championship on Tuesday. Brazil has won 22 of their last 24 World Championship matches and will now face Cameroon for only the second time. The two-time defending Olympic Games champion topped Cameroon 3-0 in 2006. Cameroon started the World Championship by extending Canada to a fourth set after winning set three 25-20.
Serbia vs. Bulgaria – Serbia earned an important victory over Turkey on the first day of Pool B as every point could determine advancement into the second round. Tijana Boskovic is third in scoring after the first day with 22 points. On the other end, Bulgaria was not able to pull the upset over top-ranked Brazil to start their World Championship campaign. The two CEV countries have never faced each other in World Championship competition, though Bulgaria won the most recent head-to-head in the European Championship group stage.
Russia vs. Mexico – Russia opened its two-time World Championship title defense by easing past Thailand 3-0 in Verona. Meanwhile, Mexico stunned the U.S. with a first-set victory before the second-ranked team caught fire to come away with a four-set win. In the only previous meeting between the two countries in the World Championship, Russia limited Mexico to 29 points in the first stage of the 2006 edition.
Thailand vs. Netherlands – Netherlands started the 2014 World Championship with their sixth straight opening day victory, this time a 3-0 win over Kazakhstan. Thailand was dealt a 3-0 loss by two-time defending World Champion Russia on Tuesday. Thailand beat Netherlands 3-1 in the 2010 World Championship for the only previous meeting between the two countries in the World Championship. However, Netherlands is 4-0 against Thailand in the FIVB World Grand Prix, the only other major FIVB contests between the two squads.
Pool D China vs. Azerbaijan – China handled Puerto Rico 3-0 to start the 2014 World Championship on a quality note. However, that pales in comparison to Azerbaijan’s upset of No. 3 Japan to begin Pool D. Polina Rahimova led Azerbaijan with a tournament-best 33 points on the opening day. Now China must turn their focus on stopping string of bad performance against CEV teams that have resulted in a 1-7 record against European foes. Azerbaijan lost their only World Championship versus China in 2006.
Belgium vs. Japan – Belgium and Japan are meeting for the first time the World Championship. Belgium collected a 3-0 win over Cuba in their opening day match in Pool D. Japan will need to re-focus after being shocked by Azerbaijan in a 3-2 loss. Japan defeated Belgium 3-0 in the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix, the only time the two teams have met in a major FIVB event. Experience will be on Japan’s side as they will be in their 116th World Championship match compared to Belgium’s 18th match.
Puerto Rico vs. Cuba – NORCECA rivals Puerto Rico and Cuba meet for only the second time during World Championship competition on Wednesday, and both are seeking to rebound from opening day losses. Cuba swept Puerto Rico 3-0 in the 1974 edition, though Puerto Rico stopped Cuba twice in this year’s FIVB World Grand Prix. Cuba was turned back 3-0 by Belgium and Puerto Rico was swept by China on Tuesday.