teams confirmed for quarterfinals
Greece, August 20, 2004 – With one day remaining in the
Preliminary Round of the 2004 Olympic Games women’s
Volleyball competition six teams – China, Cuba, Brazil,
Italy, Korea and Russia – have confirmed their places in
the quarterfinal round after they all recorded victories
Brazil’s straight sets (25-22, 25-22, 25-11) win over
hosts Greece saw the World Grand Prix champions collect
their fourth straight win in Pool A to confirm their
favouritism for the next phase.
"It was a very easy match for us today,” Brazil’s Virna
Diaz said. “We stayed concentrated from the beginning to
the end because we could hear the audience supporting
the Greek team. This was a point that kept our spirits
high and helped us not to underestimate them. We do not
know yet which team we will confront in the
quarterfinals, but all that matters for us now is the
next opponent - Korea. "
Meanwhile, Italy sit in second place behind Brazil after
beating Kenya easily (25-17, 25-13, 25-14) to record
their third win of the tournament while Korea also have
three victories with their one defeat after winning
their Asian contest with Japan 3-0 (25-21, 26-24,
In Pool B, China, Cuba and Russia sit on top of the
group with only one defeat after they collected
victories over Germany (25-18, 25-15, 25-16), the
Dominican Republic (25-23, 25-17, 25-23) and the USA
(20-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-18, 15-11) respectively. The
battle of the superpowers USA and Russia was the crunch
clash of the day with Russia’s exhilarating five-set
victory consigning world number one USA to a must win
match against Cuba on Sunday.
With one day still remaining in the competition the door
is still open for Greece or Japan in Pool A to make the
quarterfinals. Japan are favourites to progress as both
teams have one win and on the final day the Asian team
play winless Kenya while Greece takes on world number
In Pool B, USA, Germany and the Dominican Republic can
all still claim the final qualifying spot. It is an
interesting scenario with Germany and the Dominican
Republic playing each other so pre-tournament favourites
USA must beat Cuba in the last match of the day.
The fourth day of the men’s competition resumes on
Saturday with Australia playing USA at 09:00. The other
men’s matches see Italy play the Netherlands, Tunisia
take on Poland, Argentina play Serbia and Montenegro,
Greece host France and in the match of the day, Brazil
take on Russia.
on USA-Russia match up
20 August – With only two matches remaining in the
Women's Preliminary Round the focus is on the final
match on Friday where world number one USA needs to beat
old foes Russia to maintain a strong hope of reaching
The Americans currently sit at the bottom of Pool B,
equal with Germany and the Dominican Republic, needing a
win from their remaining two matches – against Russia
and Cuba – to keep alive their chances of reaching the
next phase. With Germany and the Dominican Republic
expected to lose their matches against China and Cuba
respectively on Friday, one of them will have a chance
to keep alive their quarterfinal hopes when they play
each other on the final day – Sunday.
Two losses for the Americans and the pre-tournament
favourites will be out.
In the first matches on Friday at 09:00 China will try
to rebound from their narrow loss to Cuba. This time
they go head-to-head with mighty Germany, who with a 1-2
record, still have a chance at the quarterfinals.
A battle of the Caribbean takes place at 11:00 with
defending champions Cuba up against the Dominican
Republic, who shocked the United States two days before.
Cuba stand 2-1, while Dominican Republic 1-2.
Korea plays Japan at 14:00. Both teams are very close to
securing a spot in the quarterfinals in Pool A with a
Korean win sealing a spot to Korea and a defeat, giving
Japan increased hope of qualifying themselves.
At 16:00 Greece will try for a good performance against
heavy favourite Brazil. The latter are the only
undefeated team in the tournament, while the hosts have
a 1-2 win-loss record and no real hope of qualifying to
the next stage.
Kenya will search for their first set-win against Italy
at 19:30. Italy sit in second place, while Kenya is at
the bottom of the Pool A table.
The United States and Russia match closes Day Four at
21:00 and brings back memories of the famous rivalry
between the two sides.