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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

 


'Stop this' says Cuba's young centre, Pavel Pimienta - Yugoslavia had no chance, going down in straight sets

CUB v YUG

CUB v YUG

CUB v YUG

 The maestro at play - Mauricio Lima

BRA v KOR

JPN v ARG

JPN v ARG

Japan celebrates

 

 

2001 World Grand Champions Cup

 

MEN - DAY 1

 

cuba humble olympic champion 3-0

Tournament Wrap - Men and Women

day 1

Match 3 - 3-2 (24:26, 25:21, 21:25, 25:17, 15-13)

Match 2 - CUB def YUG 3-0 (25:20, 25:22, 25:23)

Match 1 - BRA def KOR 3-1 (25:21, 25:21, 19:25, 25:19)

Nagoya, Japan, 19 November, 2001 -Cuba outclassed and outplayed Olympic and European champion Yugoslavia in straight sets 25:20, 25:22, 25:23 on the first day of the men's leg of the US$2 million World Grand Champions Cup in Nagoya, central Japan, Tuesday. 

It was always going to be one of the matches of the tournament, Cuba defeating Yugoslavia 3-2 the last time the two teams met at the World League in June. Both teams are at full strength at this tournament, but no one expected the potency of the NORCECA champion's onslaught. 

Big serves, storming spikes and huge blocks was the fashion of the day, but Yugoslavia simply had no answers to stop 1.98m B. Leonel Marshall and 1.93m Dennis Angel, who took control from the start to the end. 

Marshall wrapped up the spectacular display of men's volleyball sending a missile over the European's triple-block to claim an astonishing straight-set win, in a match that could decide the final placing of this single round robin tournament. 

The win sets up two all-important clash between Cuba and South American champion Brazil on Thursday, and Brazil and Yugoslavia on Saturday, the second last day of competition.

 Brazil had little difficulty finishing off Asian champion Korea in four sets earlier in the day, 25:21, 25:21, 19:25, 25:19, but they did not have the fluid rhythm or speed they displayed at the World League. 

"Cuba have been together all year, and Yugoslavia has its Olympic starting line-up here - we got together as a team for this competition the day before we left (Brazil)," said Brazilian head coach Bernardo Rezende after the match. 

Brazil is also weakened by the loss of three of its key players: star attacker Gilberto Godoy Filho 'Giba', middle blocker Gustavo Endres and libero Sergio Santos. 

In the final match of the day, host nation Japan came from behind twice to defeat a young and spirited Argentinean team that featured primarily its world junior line-up. The five set 24:26, 25:21, 21:25, 25:17, 15-13 win delighted the partisan fans in the sold-out Rainbow Hall. "We made a miracle," said Japanese head coach Mikiyasu Tanaka of the win. 

The tournament continues Wednesday with Cuba v Korea, Brazil v Argentina and Japan v Yugoslavia. Thursday 22 is a rest day with the final three days to be held in Tokyo's Metropolitan Gym from Friday 23 and Sunday 25 November. End. Set scores will be updated live at www.fivb.org

QUOTES

"Cuba and Brazil are the rivals, as much as I'm concerned, who could put up some real challenge to our team for the victory here," Yugoslavia's assistant coach Bogdan Sretenovic.

 

"Cuba have been together all year, and Yugoslavia have its Olympic starting lineup here - we have only been together since May, and only got together as a team for this competition the day before we left," Brazilian head coach Bernardo Rezende

 

JPN v ARG JPN v ARG JPN v ARG