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Match Schedule

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Standings
Press Info
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Historical Data on each team competition in the 2001 World Grand Champions Cup, including participation and final rankings from World Championships, Olympic Games, Word Cup, World League, World Grand Prix and World Grand Champions Cup


match schedule


MEN

Tue 20 Nov

14:00 KOR BRA
16:00 CUB YUG
19:00 JPN ARG

Wed 21 Nov

14:00 KOR CUB
16:00 BRA ARG
19:00 YUG JPN

Fri 23 Nov

13:00 CUB BRA
15:00 ARG YUG
18:00 JPN KOR

Sat 24 Nov

13:00 CUB JPN
15:00 KOR ARG
18:00  BRA YUG

Sun 25 Nov

13:00  ARG CUB
15:00 YUG KOR
18:00 JPN BRA

WOMEN

Tue 13 Nov

13:00 KOR - USA 15:00 CHN - RUS  19:00 JPN - BRA  Wed 14 Nov 

14:00 USA CHN

16:00 BRA RUS

19:00 JPN KOR

Fri 16 Nov 

14:00 RUS USA

16:00 KOR BRA

19:00 CHN JPN

Sat 17 Nov 

13:30 JPN RUS

15:30 BRA USA

18:30 KOR CHN

Sun 18 Nov 

13:00  RUS KOR

15:00 CHN BRA

18:00 USA JPN




Dates and Venues

Men

Nagoya and Tokyo

20 25 November, 2001

 


Editors Choice

Angel Dennis (CUB)

Celebrations (BRA)
Captain Chikako Kumamae (JPN)
Ekaterina Gamova (RUS)
Waiting for the teams
Setter Alain Roca (CUB)
Virna Dias (BRA)

Pavel Pimienta (CUB)

Libero Yasser Romero (CUB)

Evguenia Artamanova (RUS)

Artamanova, again

Erika Coimbra (BRA)

Erika Coimbra (BRA)

In the thick of it (JPN)

 

All Photos by 

Mauro De Sanctis
FIVB Official Photographer

2001 World Grand Champions Cup

china and cuba TRIUMPHANT

2001 world grand champions

 

Japan, 27 November - An outstanding China women's team finished a dream run on 18 November to stamp its authority on its first major world volleyball title in 15 years by defeating South American champion Brazil 3-1. China finished with a perfect record of five wins, dropping only three sets in the tournament, to collect the most deserved US$300,000 first prize cheque.

The Cuba men's team also wrapped up its triumphant campaign by winning its fifth consecutive match, bulldozing Argentina into submission 3-0 on 25 November. The win is Cuba's first World Grand Champions Cup title, finishing third in 1997 and 1993, and only its third major men's volleyball title. The NORCECA champion's previous wins were the 1998 World League and 1988 World Cup.

China has long been one of the best women's volleyball countries in the world, but not since they, lead by the great Lang Ping, won two world championship titles (1982 and 1986), the Olympic gold medal in Los Angeles 1984, and two World Cup titles (1981 and 1985) has the Asian champion enjoyed the top position on the podium at one of volleyball's top tournaments. Japan's third place is its highest finish since its bronze medal at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.

In the women, Russia finished second, Japan third with Brazil, USA and Korea finishing fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. Brazil finished second in the men's tournament, Yugoslavia third, followed by Korea, Japan and Argentina.

More below

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women's wrap

China is WOMENS 2001 grand champion

defeating RUSSIA, usa, japan, korea and brazil

dropping only 3 sets in tournament

 

 

China finished a dream run Sunday to stamp its authority on its first major world volleyball title in 15 years by defeating South American champion Brazil 25:21, 25:17, 21:25 25:23, to keep its perfect record of 5 wins and collect the US$300,000 first prize cheque.

European champion and Olympic silver medallist Russia demolished Korea 3-0 in Sunday's match to finish second, and Brazil was relegated to fourth position after losing to China ....Full story   

 

PRESS PHOTO GALLERY (Women)

Japan celebrates its third place finish after defeating USA

 


DAY BY DAY (Women)

DAY 5 - China stamps authority on first title for 15 years - Russia finished second, Japan third with Brazil, USA and Korea finishing fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.. .... Full story

DAY 4 - China wins first title in 15 years - China finished a dream run Saturday to claim its first major world volleyball title in 15 years. .... Full story

DAY 3 - USA and Brazil taste victory - The United States and Brazil tasted their first victories of the event .... Full story

DAY 2 - China in drivers seat - China put itself into the drivers seat after its second straight victory, defeating the United States 3-1 ..... Full story

DAY 1 - Asian teams humble world - Japan, China and Korea made Tuesday a Day of Asia as the trio pocketed as many stunning victories on the opening day. It was the wild card Korea that was the star team of the day....Full story

DAY 0 - Russia ready to defend title - Sydney Olympic silver medallist and European champion Russia joins Asian Champion China, NORCECA Champion USA, South American Champion Brazil, plus wild card Korea and host Japan... Full story


men's wrap

CUBA TRIUMPHANT

BRAZIL SECOND WITH YUGOSLAVIA THIRD

 

Cuba wrapped up its triumphant campaign by winning its fifth consecutive match, bulldozing Argentina into submission 3-0 on Sunday. 

The win is Cuba's first World Grand Champions Cup title, finishing third in 1997 and 1993, and only its third major men's volleyball title. The NORCECA champion's previous wins were the 1998 World League and 1988 World Cup. 

Angel Dennis said, "We trained so hard for the tournament that I'm very happy to win the title. The first victory over Yugoslavia gave us much confidence and that is the reason we could win all the five games."  Full story

Men's Press Photo Gallery

The triumphant Cubans

Final standings:

1 Cuba US$400,000

2 Brazil US$250,000 

3 Yugoslavia US$200,000

4 Korea US$150,000 

5 Japan US$125,000

6 Argentina US$ 75,000

 

DAY BY DAY (Men)


DAY 5 - Cuba wrapped up its triumphant campaign by winning its fifth consecutive match, bulldozing Argentina into submission 3-0 on Sunday. Brazil finished second, with Yugoslavia third.

DAY 4 Cuba held onto its perfect record of four wins. Brazil kept its chances of a tournament victory open after convincingly defeating Olympic champion Yugoslavia in straight sets. Korea moved to third spot ahead of European champion Yugoslavia. Japan is ranked fifth with Argentina sixth. Full story

DAY 3 - NORCECA champion Cuba all but guaranteed its first Grand Champions Cup title and the US$400,000 winners cheque after defeating South American champions Brazil 3-2. YUG def ARG 3-1, KOR def JPN 3-0 Full story

DAY 2 -Brazil is equal to Cuba on four points after it overpowered its South American neighbour Argentina in straight sets. Cuba's 67-minute demolition of the Asian champion Korea is Cuba's second straight-set victory in as many days, after stunning Olympic gold medallist Yugoslavia 3-0 on Day 1. Full story

 

DAY 1 Cuba outclassed and outplayed Olympic and European champion Yugoslavia in straight sets, Brazil had little difficulty finishing off Asian champion Korea and Japan came from behind twice to defeat a young and spirited Argentinean team Full Story

 


 

The Editors Choice of the shot of the tournament.

The maestro at play - Mauricio Lima

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