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Historical Data 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


 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

 

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




Dates and Venues

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 Wom
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Saitama and Fukuoka 

13 18 November


Dates and Venues

Men

Nagoya and Tokyo

20 25 November, 2001


World Grand Champions Cup

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Tournament Wrap - Men and Women

JAPAN SUFFERS BLOW RUSSIA READY TO DEFEND TITLE
Japan Suffers Big Blow With Loss of Injured Moriyama

Saitama, Japan, 12 November, 2001 - Host nation Japan arrived in Saitama for the opening round of the US$2 million World Grand Champions Cup with the news that its key attacker, Junko Moriyama, has not recovered from injury and will not be starting in its opening match against Olympic bronze medallists Brazil on Tuesday.

Moriyama injured her right ankle during a practice in September. The young and inexperienced Japanese team is expected to struggle without the power and experience of the 26-year-old 1.80m spiker.

"She got a serious injury on her right ankle and could not even walk during the first 3-4 weeks," said team manager Akihiko Narita.

 "She had a good recovery, but still cannot compete for the tournament." Moriyama led the Japanese team for a sixth place in the World Grand Prix in Macao last month, but didn't travel with the team to Saitama though she is listed on the register list. However, the young squad believes it is ready to make amend of Moriyama's absence. "Some of our younger players are growing up fast, like Ai Otomo (19), Sachiko Sugiyama (22) and Makiko Horai (22), and could take on Moriyama's position," Narita added. "I admit most of my players lack international experience, except for the Asian Cup where we finished fourth, but we have a good developing young team." Japan has failed to make any podium finishes in world competition since its bronze medal at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games, a record it desperately wants to correct at this years most important tournament. "We're young, energetic and powerful, so we're not afraid of anything. I don't give much pressure of expectations to the team. Let's see what the Japanese will work out in the tournament," Narita said.

Sydney Olympic silver medallist Russia and 2001 World Grand Prix champions, USA, lead the field for this years World Grand Champions Cup that features the four top continental champions: Asian Champion China, European Champion Russia, NORCECA Champion USA, South American Champion Brazil, plus Korea as wild card and Japan as host nation.

Saitama is the venue of the first two rounds on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 November. Thursday 15 is a rest day with the final two days to be held in Fukuoka on Friday 16 and Sunday 18 November.

The men's event will start on Tuesday 20 November in Nagoya. European and Olympic Champion Yugoslavia is one of the six participants, together with Japan, Korea, Cuba, Brazil and Argentina.

Offering US$2 million in prize money, the World Grand Champions Cup holds an important position on volleyball's international calendar. Held between the Olympic Games and the World Championships, it is the most important volleyball event of 2001.

 

Russia ready to defend title 2001 World Grand Champions Cup

Saitama, Japan, 13 November, 2001 - European women's volleyball Champion Russia will face Asian's best China on the opening day of the World Grand Champions Cup in Saitama Japan this Tuesday.

Nikolai Karpol's squad is one of the six participants in the World Grand Champions Cup that features the four top continental champions: Asian Champion China, European Champion Russia, NORCECA Champion USA, South American Champion Brazil, plus Korea as wild card and Japan as Host nation.

Russia has a good chance to clinch a high ranked position during this six teams single round robin competition, but due to the unpredictable nature of a single round robin, and the level of all participating teams, it is hard to pick a real favourite.

The Russian girls won the Olympic silver medal in Sydney last September, but they have not won a major event since the 1997 World Grand Champions Cup. And they will have to overcome USA, who won the 2001 World Grand Prix in August, and defeated Cuba to win the NORCECA championship last month. Russia will meet USA on Saturday 17 November in Fukuoka.

South American Champion and Olympic bronze medallist Brazil is also one of the strong contenders during this event. The team of the former Italian head-coach Marco Motta is always a dangerous opponent.

The other three opponents are the top three squads of Asia: China, Korea and Japan.

A young and inexperienced Chinese team surprised all by defeating Olympic champion Cuba twice (3-1 and 3-0), and Olympic bronze medallist Brazil twice (3-1 and 3-2) at the 2001 World Grand Prix, only going down in the final to USA. Japan will be without its key attacker Junko Moriyama, who has not recovered from an ankle injury, and Korea should have a hard time against the stronger and taller teams of Russia, Brazil and USA.

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