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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

Shortcut to
 Wom
en

Saitama and Fukuoka 

13 18 November


Dates and Venues

Men

Nagoya and Tokyo

20 25 November, 2001

 


USA celebrates defeat of Russia

Brazilian Captain, Virna, was dominant in win over Korea

Chikako Kumamae (JPN)

China celebrates - again

 

 


2001 World Grand Champions Cup

Tournament Wrap - Men and Women

Erika (BRA) - a huge favourite among the Japanese female 

spectators following her career as a model

China IN DRIVERS SEAT China On Way to Title

PREVIEW

DAY 3

Fukuoka, Japan, 15 November, 2001 - It will be a do-or-die day for all six teams when action continues on Day 3 of the World Grand Champions Cup women's volleyball event in Fukuoka, western Japan, on Friday. 

China and Japan lead the field with two from two. Russia and Korea have one win each, while USA and Brazil surprisingly are still winless after the first two days of competition held in Saitama. 

Even though winless after Day 2 following losses to Korea and China, NORCECA champion, USA still clings to the knowledge that the winds of fortune can change very quickly in a single round robin format. But they will have to be at their best if they are to defeat European champion Russia in the opening match on Friday. 

"We have no particular strategy," said Robyn Ah Mow, US captain and playmaker. "We just need to find the rhythm we had - not that long ago." 

South American champion Brazil, also winless, also sees a light at the end of the tunnel. 

"Our team is quite stable in our strength. We lost two matches, but in the remaining three days, we will be giving it our best," said Brazil's captain and star player Virna Dias. 

Brazil meets Korea in match two Friday. 

The match of the day, certainly for the 9,000 plus partisan fans expected to fill Marine Messe stadium, will be the match between China and host nation Japan - with one team taking a clear lead for the US$300,000 first prize cheque. 

Both teams enter the match on the top of the ladder with a 2-0 record after China dismissed Russia and USA, while Japan have put in it best performance in years to defeat Brazil and Korea. 

China's head coach Chen Zhonghe was again low-key in his predictions of the match against the host nation. 

"We lost to Japan twice this year, and beat them five times. We are taller and have better attack power than the Japanese, but my players are not stable enough to claim the domination," Chen said after the 3-1 win over the U.S. on Wednesday. 

Japan's head coach, Masahire Yoshikawa believes Japans best chance of defeating the powerful Chinese is for his team to keep its focus and to play its own style of volleyball, to not let the Chinese dictate the style of play.

 "China and Japan volleyball is quite different. We want to play with our rhythm and a Japanese style volleyball against China," he said on Thursday.

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By Shan Lei, Xinhua News Agency

PREVIOUS DAYS RELEASES  

 

Fukuoka, Japan, 16 November, 2001 - China is on its way to the first world-level title for this newly-formed team after defeating host nation Japan 3-0 in the final match of Day 3 of the 2001 World Grand Champions Cup.

The young Chinese team, which was only organized in April, now tops the six-team standings with a perfect record of three wins. It has overtaken Japan (2-1) and has a clear lead over title-holder Russia (1-2), World Grand Prix champion USA (1-2), South American champion Brazil (1-2) and wild card Korea (1-2).

If China wins its match against Korea on Saturday, and Japan loses its match against Russia, the young team will win be the 2001 Grand Champions - its first major title win since it World Championship win in 1986.

"We did a great job in blocking, which we won by 16 to 2," said Chinese head coach Chen Zhonghe after the match. Chen is also a new member of the team, only starting as head coach after China's disappointing fifth place at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

"The main reason for the loss is we didn't play our normal defense," Japanese head coach Masahiro Yoshikawa said.

"China made it through by concentrating on severing and blocking." With combined efforts of Zhao Ruirui and Yang Hao, China opened the match at 7-1 before Japan clawed back to tie at 16-16. Chen Jing claimed the set for China with a surprise spike on a second touch.

The second set was a reverse version of the story as the two sides traded point for point, before China broke away after 12 each to finish with for an identical result as the first set, 25-21.

China scored six straight points down the stretch in the third set to take an unsinkable lead at 24-20, then steered all the way to another 25-21 set win, taking the match in straight sets.

"We ran for a good start at the beginning of the match, which is very important to have the players calmed down before the partisan local fans," Chen said.

"It will be the first world-wide title for many years for China if we win here," he added.

 China's captain Feng Kun said, "We were fully award of the difficulties to play against Japan here and made good preparation for the match."

"The Japanese team received much more pressure after winning the first two matches, so it just didn't display its best tonight," said. Chikako Kumamae, Japan's captain a huge celebrity among the local female fans.

"We were too slow to catch up with the Chinese pace, while the disadvantage of height is also a big reason for the loss."

The United States and Brazil also tasted their first victories of the event as the U.S. won the first match of the day against Russia 3-1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-20, 29-27), while Brazil routed Korea 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-15) in earlier matches.

After a lack-luster first set, which they were down 18-25, the Americans picked up their attacking power on Danielle Scott and Sarah Noriega to take the upper hand, winning the following two sets, 25-22 and 25-20.

 Toshiaki Yoshida, head coach of the U.S. said: "We know how good Gamova's shots are, but we didn't change our strategy though she did really well in the first set. I just told my players not be afraid the Russian block - to use it." Gamova had a game-high 24 points.

 "We don't play as well as we did in the Grand Prix, but I think my players will gain confidence from today's win," he added. Russian head coach Nikolai Karpol said : "It's a close game, unfortunately we lost it."

The wild card Korea, who has not finished in the top three in the world level competitions for years, put up a fight in the first set with well-organized defense, which they lost 25-21, before fading away.

Korean head coach Kim Cheol-yong attributed the defeat to the loss of two injured starters, setter Kim Sa-nee and center-blocker Lee Yun-hui.

Brazil's captain Virna Cristine Dias said, "Today we played the best match so far in the tournament. I hope we could keep on and win again."

"Everything just went well today and we avoided losing easy points on mistakes," said Brazil's head coach Marco Aurelio Motta.

Brazil will meet the U.S. on Saturday's second match after Japan-Russia match, with China to take on Korea at night. End

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