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Eyes on qualifying as Women's World Championship resumes

China coach Juemin Yu will be desperate for victory over the Dominican Republic. Failure to do so could see China slip out at the first-round stage for the first time since 1974
Tokyo, Japan, November 1, 2010 – After a rest day on Monday the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship will continue on Tuesday at 1pm local time as teams from across the world battle it out for a coveted spot in the second round in Japan.

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 each of the two pools will advance to the semifinals.

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Pool A in Tokyo
Serbia (9) v Algeria (14) at 13.00
Algeria are yet to pick up a win at the World Championships and come up against a Serbia side who have already guaranteed qualification for the next round with wins over Costa Rica, Poland and Peru. The Africans however will be looking to turn their luck around after a defeat to Japan on Sunday as well as earlier losses to Costa Rica and Peru. Another loss would all but end their World Championship campaign. Serbia and Algeria have met once before with Serbia winning at the 2008 Olympic Games in straight sets.

Poland (8) v Peru (17) at 15.30
Pool A’s second match of the day sees Poland take on Peru in a mid-table clash. Both sides have won 1 and lost 2 matches so far and with competition still tight in the group every point will count. Poland will have the momentum following their 3-0 win over Costa Rica on Sunday while Peru were dealt a 3-1 defeat by Serbia. The two sides have played five times in the past with Poland having the edge with three victories, the latest coming at the 2007 FIVB World Cup.

Costa Rica (31) v Japan (5) at 18.45
Costa Rica will have their hands full in the final match of the day in Tokyo as they take on top-of-the-table Japan. The home side come into the match following three wins over Poland, Peru and Algeria and have already booked their spot in the next round. Costa Rica meanwhile have still not clinched a berth for the second stage and will be desperate for the win following a disappointing straight sets loss to Poland on Sunday. They are also currently in a three-way battle with Poland and Peru for a spot in the next round so will be eager to pick up points.

Pool B in Hamamatsu
Brazil (1) v Puerto Rico (13) at 13.30
World no.1 Brazil have already secured a spot in the Second Round following three straight victories but Puerto Rico will be hoping to put one step in the next stage with a win against the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix champions. They come into the match following a 3-0 loss to Czech Republic. However history will be against them following three losses in as many matches to the South American side, the latest coming as recently as the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix.

The Netherlands (10) v Kenya (35) at 16.15
The Netherlands will be frustrated with their loss to Brazil on Sunday and Italy on Saturday so will be using their match against African champions Kenya to try and get their campaign back on track. Kenya meanwhile will be looking for their first win following three straight sets losses to Italy, Puerto Rico and Brazil. The last time the two teams met was at the 1998 World Championships. On that occasion the European side picked up a straight set win.

Czech Republic (38) v Italy (4) at 18.45
Hamamatsu’s final match on Tuesday will be an all European affair as unbeaten Italy take on the Czech Republic. The 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup winners have already secured passage to the Second Round but are keen to finish top of Pool B so a win is vital. However the Czech Republic are will want to further their ambitions of a spot in the next round and victory over the European champions will almost seal their place.

Pool C in Matsumoto
Croatia (45) v Germany (15) at 13.30
Germany will want to find their early form in the World Championship following a loss to the USA on Sunday as they face Croatia in Pool C’s opening clash on Monday. The two sides have played each other seven times in total, with Croatia winning four of the encounters. However, the Baltic side are coming off the back of two losses to Thailand and the USA.

Thailand (12) v Cuba (6) at 16.15
Cuba will be looking to rocket back up the table off the back of a close 3-2 win over Kazakhstan on Sunday. They currently sit fourth in the table with Thailand two spots ahead of them with wins over Kazakhstan and Croatia. Cuba have the edge going into the match, winning all six of the matches the two sides have had, the most recent being at the 2008 FIVB World Grand Prix.

USA (2) v Kazakhstan (17) at 18.45
While 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix champions USA are already through to the Second Round of the World Championship, minnows Kazakhstan are still looking for their first win following losses to Thailand, Cuba and Germany. The Asian side are yet to beat the USA in a FIVB competition and the last time the two sides met the USA came out straight set winners.

Pool D in Osaka
Turkey (22) v Canada (24) at 13.30
Turkey come into their key match with Canada with the knowledge that victory would guarantee them a place in the Second Round. Canada are yet to pick up a win and know they need to clinch victory to have any chance of reaching the latter stages and will take some spirit from pushing defending champions Russia close in the final set of their 3-0 loss on Sunday. This will be the first time these two sides meet in a FIVB tournament.

Russia (7) v Korea (21) at 16.15
Russia are on course to successfully defend the crown they won in 2006 as they prepare for their match with Korea. Both teams have qualified for the Second Round already so are likely to use this opportunity to make sure their preparations for the next stage are going well. The two sides last met at the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix where the European side edged a 3-2 win.

Dominican Republic (11) v China (3) at 18.45
World no. 3 China are in all sorts of trouble and are currently on the cusp of crashing out at the first round for the first time since 1974 following two losses to Korea and Turkey. Their match against Caribbean side the Dominican Republic is a must-win for them if they want to play any part in the next round. The Dominican Republic meanwhile are yet to pick up a win in Japan this year and will be annoyed that their stunning two-set comeback against Turkey was in vain on Sunday as they went down 3-2. The Dominican Republic won the last match between the two at the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix, edging a 3-2 win.

*Numbers in brackets denote world ranking

Pool Standings
Pool A (Tokyo): Japan 6, Serbia 6, Poland 4, Peru 4, Costa Rica 4, Algeria 3
Pool B (Hamamatsu): Brazil 6, Italy 6, Czech Republic 4, Netherlands 4, Puerto Rico 4, Kenya 3
Pool C (Matsumoto): USA 6, Thailand 5, Germany 5, Cuba 4, Croatia 4, Kazakhstan 3
Pool D (Osaka): Russia 6, Korea 6, Turkey 5, China 4, Dominican Republic 3, Canada 3

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
Day 3 (1st Rd): 27 points by Neslihan Darnel (TUR) in Turkey’s 3-2 win over the Dominican Republic in Osaka

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
212 (TUR v DOM in 1st Round) 3-2 (25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 23-25, 17-15) played on October 31 in Osaka
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
78 Neslihan Darnel (TUR)
68 Manon Flier (NED)
63 Kim Yeon-Koung (KOR)
61 Rivera Brens Prisilla (DOM)
45 Ekaterina Gamova (RUS)

Birthdays on November 3
Nadja Nikovic (SRB) turns 19

Coming soon
The FIVB Club World Championships (December 14-21, 2010)  in Doha, Qatar
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships (June 17-26) Rome, Italy

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