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After Italian marathon Netherlands face Olympic champs on day three of FIVB Women’s World Championship Japan 2010

After a marathon five set match against Italy on Saturday, the Netherlands must now face Olympic champions Brazil on Sunday
Tokyo, Japan, October 31, 2010 – Day three of the FIVB Women’s World Championship starts at 12:30 (local time) on Sunday with Peru playing Serbia for only the second time in their history but the Netherlands are involved again in the feature game for the second time in two days as they meet Olympic champions Brazil in Hamamatsu at 18:00.

The FIVB Women’s World Championship involves 24 teams and is played from October 29 until November 14 encompassing five cities across first and second rounds, semifinals and finals. The top four teams in the four first round pools will advance to the second round before the top six teams in the each of the two pools will advance to the semifinals.

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Pool A in Tokyo
Peru (17) v Serbia (9) at 12:30
Head to Head: Serbia won the only match played winning 3-0 at the 2007 World Cup.
Peru have beaten Algeria 3-0 and lost to Japan in the last match on Saturday 3-1.
Serbia have looked good winning both their matches, 3-0 against Costa Rica and 3-1 against Poland
Poland (8) v Costa Rica (31) at 15:00
Head to Head: Poland won the only matched played between the two countries 3-1 four years ago at the same venue at the 2006 Women’s World Championship:
Poland have suffered two defeats – 3-2 to Japan and 3-1 to Serbia
Costa Rica lost to Serbia 3-0 but beat Algeria 3-0 on Saturday
Japan (5) v Algeria (14) at 18:00
Head to Head: It is the first match between the two countries
Japan have started well with a 3-2 win over Poland and a 3-1 win over Peru. Algeria are still searching for their first win after losing in straight sets to Peru and Costa Rica on the first two days

Pool B in Hamamatsu
Puerto Rico (13) v Czech Republic (38) at 13:00
Head to Head: It is the first match between the two countries
Puerto Rico are looking for their second win having lost in straight sets to Italy on day one but beating Kenya by a similar margin on Saturday.
Italy (4) v Kenya (35) at 15:30
Head to Head: Italy have won both of the two previous encounters between the two sides including a 3-0 win at the 2007 World Cup.
Italy have started the tournament well beating Puerto Rico in straight sets before beating the Netherlands in a five set thriller on Saturday. Kenya meanwhile, are in search of their first win after losing to Brazil and Puerto Rico in straight sets on the first two days.
Netherlands (10) v Brazil (1) at 18:00
Head to Head. The Netherlands have only beaten Brazil once in 17 matches, which was in 2007 on their way to the World Grand Prix title. Since then Brail has won the last two encounters including in the last two editions of the World Grand Prix. After the Netherlands’ big workout against Italy on Saturday, and Brazil’s strong history in the head to head, the world No. 1 will be favourite in this match.
The Netherlands have beaten the Czech Republic in straight sets but lost to Italy 3-2 on Saturday. Brazil meanwhile, beat Kenya in straight sets before coming from behind twice against the Czech Republic to win 3-2.

Pool C in Matsumoto
Kazakhstan (16) v Cuba (6)
Head to Head: Cuba has won each of the three matches between the two countries including a 3-1 win in their last match in the 2008 World Grand Prix preliminaries
Both teams are looking for their first win with Kazakhstan having lost to Germany 3-0 on day one and 3-1 to Thailand on Saturday while Cuba lost 3-0 to Croatia and by the same margin to Germany on Saturday.
Croatia (45) v Thailand (12) at 15:30
Head to Head: Croatia won the only encounter between these two teams at the 1998 World Championship in Kagoshima.
Both teams have a 1-1 record with Croatia surprising Cuba 3-0 before losing to USA 3-0 while Thailand lost to USA 3-1 before beating Kazakhstan 3-1 on Saturday.
Germany (15) v USA (2) at 18:00
Head to Head: USA has won 14 of the 19 matches between the two teams including the last match at this year’s World Grand Prix but Germany had beaten the Olympic champions twice in the 2009 edition.
Germany have made an excellent start to the competition winning both matches against Kazakhstan and Cuba in straight sets. USA are also unbeaten with a 3-1 win over Thailand followed by a straight sets win over Croatia.

Pool D in Osaka
Turkey(22) v Dominican Republic (11)  at 13:00
Head to head: Turkey have won the only encounter between the two countries, 3-0 at the 2003 World Cup.
After a sensational 3-1 win over China on day one, Turkey lost to defending champions Russia by the same score on Saturday. The Dominican Republic meanwhile, is in search of their first win after losing to Russia 3-1 and Korea 3-0.
Canada (24) v Russia (7) at 15:30
Head to Head: Russia has won the two matches between the two countries with the last match in the 2003 World Grand Prix preliminaries.
The defending champions have made a good start with two 3-1 wins over the Dominican Republic and Turkey while the young Canada side are looking for their first victory after losing in straight sets to Korea and China.
Korea (21) v China (3) at 18:00
Head to Head: China have won 22 of the 29 encounters between the two countries including the last between the two at the 2009 World Grand Prix and China have won the last five matches however Korea won the last World Championship encounter in 2002 in straight sets.
Korea have made an excellent start beating Canada and the Dominican Republic in straight sets while China have had a rocky beginning, losing to Turkey 3-1 before beating Canada 3-0 on Saturday.

* Numbers in brackets denote world rankings

Match Schedule - Oct 31
Pool A  - Tokyo    Pool B - Hamamatsu    Pool C - Matsumoto    Pool D - Osaka
PER v SRB (12:30)    PUR v CZE (13:00)    KAZ v CUB (13:00)    TUR v DOM (13:00)
POL v CRC (15:00)    ITA v KEN (15:30)    CRO v THA (15:30)    CAN v RUS (15:30)
ALG v JPN (18:00)    BRA v NED (18:00)    GER v USA (18:00)    KOR v CHN (18:00)

Pool Standings
Pool A (Tokyo): Serbia 4, Japan 4, Peru 3, Costa Rica 3, Poland 2, Algeria 2
Pool B (Hamamatsu): Brazil 4, Italy 4, Netherlands 3, Puerto Rico 3, Czech Republic 2, Kenya 2
Pool C (Matsumoto): Germany 4, USA 4, Thailand 3, Croatia 3, Cuba 2, Kazakhstan 2
Pool D (Osaka): Russia 4, Korea 4, China 3, Turkey 3, Dominican Republic 2, Canada 2

Highest Scorer By Day
Day 1 (1st Rd): 28 points by Destinee Hooker (USA) in USA’s 3-1 win over Thailand in Matsumoto
Day 2 (1st Rd): 35 points by Manon Flier (NED) in Italy’s 3-2 win over the Netherlands in Hamamatsu

Highest Set Score
34-32 (CRO v CUB in Pool C) played on October 29 (Day 1) in Matsumoto. * Women’s World Championship record

Highest Scoring Matches
220 (POL v JPN in 1st Round) 2-3 (28-26, 25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 12-15) played on October 29 in Tokyo
218 (NED v ITA in 1st Round) 2-3 (25-18, 21-25, 23-25, 28-26, 12-15) played on October 30 in Hamamatsu
211 (CZE v BRA in 1st Round) 2-3 (25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 9-15) played on October 30 in Hamamatsu

Tournament Top Scorers
56 Manon Flier (NED)
51 Neslihan Darnel (TUR)
48 Saori Kimura (JPN)
45 Ekaterina Gamova (RUS)
43 Destinee Hooker (USA)

Birthdays on November 3
Lydia Maiyo (KEN) turns 22

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