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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


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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

 


A delighted Alain Roca

DAY 4 Cuba held onto its perfect record of four wins on Day 4. Brazil also 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

 

 

 

2001 World Grand Champions Cup

MEN - DAY 5

CUBA TRIUMPHANT

BRAZIL SECOND WITH YUGOSLAVIA THIRD

Tournament Wrap - Men and Women

 

day 5

Tokyo, Japan, 25 Nov - Cuba is 2001 Grand Champion Brazil second, Yugoslavia third

Cuba wrapped up its triumphant campaign by winning its fifth consecutive match, bulldozing Argentina into submission 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 26-24) 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. 

Brazil finished second in the men's volleyball tournament, Yugoslavia third, followed by Korea, Japan and Argentina. 

The Cubans entered the final match against winless Argentina knowing all they had to do was keep the focus they had shown it their previous five matches and the US$400,000 first prize was theirs. 

But they had obviously determined they wanted to finish the way they had started on Day 1, when they overpowered Olympic and European champion Yugoslavia in straight sets. 

They needed just 20 minutes to take a 1-0 lead with Cuba's attacking duo, B. Leonel Marshall and Angel Dennis, too powerful to be suffocated by Argentina's leaky defense. 

Setter Alain Roca again directed the play beautifully, creating space all over the net for the Cuban offence. 

It was Dennis, who had dominated throughout the event, who struck the attack to bring up match point, with a Pavel Pimienta block that gave Cuba the tournament. 

Dennis said, "We trained so hard for the tournament that I'm very happy to win the title. We finished third in the last appearance in the event, so I wanted to have some better results this time. The first victory over Yugoslavia gave us much confidence and that is the reason we could win all the five games." 

B. Leonel Marshall, who lined-up with Dennis for the most intimidating offensive duo in the tournament, said the championship meant much to them. "The victories here will help us a lot for next year's world championship." 

Captain Ihosvany Hernandez said, "I'm glad to win the tournament and we will try our best for the 2004 Olympics." 

Brazil lost a five-set marathon to Cuba, 25-21,22-25,20-25,25-20,15-11 on Friday, but proved its strength with a 3-0 pounding of Yugoslavia on Saturday to finish second. 

Yugoslavia finished third, but failed to live up to the expectation, suffering from lack of preparation. Most of its players were involved in the Italian professional league with the team only getting together three days prior to this event. 

Captain Nikola Grbic said, "I'm disappointed with our performances here. Lots of people expected us to win the tournament and our ambition is the same, but unfortunately we failed to do it." 

"Usually it takes several months to prepare for a tournament, but we had only three days training together before we came here. We need more time to prepare and to be together for next year's World Championship. I hope we could do better there, at least to get into the finals," he said. 

The top three teams created a huge gap to the other three participants, Korea, Argentina and Japan.

Asian champion Korea finished fourth with two wins, Japan fifth with one win, with Argentina sixth winless.

Bottom of the table Argentina, which finished fourth at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, felt little frustration from their setback.

Head coach Carlos Getzelevich said, "Playing good games in the tournament is more important for our young players, and the experiences of playing against world top teams, like Cuba, is very significant for us."

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

Best Player awards: 

Most Valuable Player: Miljkovic Ivan YUG 

Best Scorer: Miljkovic Ivan YUG 

Best Attacker: Kim Sang-Woo KOR 

Best Blocker: Geric Andrija YUG 

Best Server: Dennis D. Angel CUB 

Best Digger: Tsumagari Katsutoshi JPN 

Best Setter: Roca B. Alain CUB 

Best Receiver: Mijic Vasa YUG

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