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Pressure builds on Day 3 of second round

Italy scored a stunning win over USA on Sunday and will hope for more of the same against Thailand on Tuesday

Tokyo, Japan, November 8, 2010 – The second round of the 2010 FIVB Women's World Championship moves into its third day on Tuesday with all still to play for in Pools E and F.

The top four teams from Pools A and D from the first round have joined together in Pool E, while the top four from Pools B and C are grouped in Pool F. The results from the first round are taken into the second round, so teams will only play sides they did not face in the opening stage.

Tuesday brings a high-stakes encounter in Pool E between China and Poland, who are both precariously close to dropping out of the tournament, while Cuba and the Czech Republic battle it out for a qualification place from Pool F.

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The FIVB Women's World Championship involves 24 teams and runs from October 29 to November 14. After five cities hosted matches in the first round, only two cities provide venues for the second round, semifinals and finals. The top 16 teams from the four first-round (Oct 29-Nov 3) pools have advanced to the second round (Nov 6-Nov 10), and the top six teams from each of these two pools will advance to the semifinals (Nov 13) and finals (Nov 14).

Pool E in Tokyo
Serbia (9) v Russia (7) at 11.15
Russia still head Pool E, adding a win over Poland to their ever-growing tally. Vladimir Kuzyutkin’s side now have one foot in the next round and victory over rivals Serbia will guarantee their progress. Serbia picked up a solid 3-1 win over China on Sunday and will feel confident as a consequence. The two teams have met once in the past with Russia coming out on top at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Peru (17) v Turkey (22) at 13.30
Peru are two points behind Turkey at the bottom of the section and know that a win over the European side will revive their hopes. However, Turkey are in a difficult position themselves and will be keen to climb out of it with a win over the South Americans, especially following their loss to hosts Japan on Sunday.

Poland (8) v China (3) at 15.45
Both Poland and China ended Sunday with defeats following a promising start to the second round so they will be eager to regain momentum in Tuesday’s encounter. Poland sit just one point ahead of their Chinese counterparts and maintaining that gap will be at the forefront of their thinking. The two teams met recently at the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix final round with China coming out on top with a straight-sets win.

Japan (5) v Korea (21) at 18.45
Japan face Korea in the day’s final clash which promises to be an almighty battle for a spot in the semifinals. Japan currently sit above their Asian rivals in second, but a Korea win would see them trade places and move in line for a spot in the 1-4 places playoffs. The two teams will be well aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses having played 43 times with Japan winning 31 matches in total.

Pool F in Nagoya
Czech Republic (38) v Cuba (6) at 11.45
The Czech Republic and Cuba are relatively unknown to each other having never met in a FIVB competition before, but that does not make their match on Tuesday any less important. Both sit on the same number of points in Pool F with Cuba just ahead in sixth place, the last of the positions that secure qualification to the next round, and the Czechs needing to win to have any hope of staying the tournament. Both sides are fresh from two losses, meaning they will want to recapture a winning rhythm early on.

Brazil (1) v Germany (15) at 14.00
Brazil have all but qualified for the next stage but nothing is certain yet and they will want to solidify their progress in the tournament with victory over Germany. The European side sit third in the group having picked up three wins and, following the USA’s loss on Sunday, will be eyeing up second place. However, victory against the current world No.1 has only been achieved four times in 25 outings so the Germans have a mammoth task on their hands.

Italy (4) v Thailand (12) at 16.15
Italy will be buoyed by their 3-1 win over USA, the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix champions, and are expected to come into this match with a renewed sense of belief. Thailand will also be high on confidence after victory over the Netherlands, their first of the second round. However, qualification is still a distant hope for the Thais; Italy, by contrast, sit in fourth and will be optimistic about their chances of progressing further.

The Netherlands (10) v USA (3) at 18.30
Both sides suffered shock defeats on Sunday and will be desperate to get back on the court to redeem themselves. The United States will be none too pleased that they let their undefeated label slip but they are still in a good position to reach the semifinals in second place. However, the Netherlands are just two points shy of dropping out of the tournament so will need the win. The Americans have won 13 of the 18 encounters between the two.

Pool Standings
Pool E (Tokyo): Russia 10, Japan 9, Serbia 8, Korea 8, Poland 7, Turkey 7, China 6, Peru 5
Pool F (Nagoya): Brazil 10, USA 9, Germany 8, Italy 8, Netherlands 7, Cuba 6, Czech Republic 6, Thailand 5

Match Schedule – November 9
Pool E  - Tokyo    Pool F – Nagoya
11:15 PER v TUR    11:45 BRA v GER
13:30 POL v CHN    14:00 NED v USA
15:45 SRB v RUS    16:15 ITA v THA
18:45 JPN v KOR    18:30 CZE v CUB

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
Day 4 (1st Rd): 34 points by Aneta Havlickova (CZE) in Czech Republic’s 3-2 win over Italy in Hamamatsu
Day 5 (1st Rd): 29 points by Neslihan Darnel (TUR) in Korea’s 3-2 win over Turkey in Osaka
Day 6 (2nd Rd): 28 points by Malgorzata Glinka-Mogentale (POL) in Poland’s 3-2 win over Korea in Tokyo
Day 7 (2nd Rd): 24 points by Destinee Hooker (USA) in Italy’s 3-1 win over USA in Nagoya and by Yukiko Ebata (JPN) in Japan’s 3-1 win over Turkey in Tokyo

Highest Set Score
34-32 (CRO v CUB in Pool C) played on October 29 (Day 1) in Matsumoto and (PER v CRC in Pool A) played on November 3 in Tokyo. * Women’s World Championship records

Highest Scoring Matches
235 (CZE v ITA in 1st Round) 3-2 (25-27, 27-29,    25-23, 25-22, 17-15) played on November 2 in Hamamatsu
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
163 Neslihan Darnel (TUR)
145 Yeon-Koung Kim (KOR)
145 Saori Kimura (JPN)
128 Destinee Hooker (USA)
127 Manon Flier (NED)

Birthdays on November 8
Nadja Schaus (GER) turns 26

FIVB Tournaments Coming Soon
FIVB Club World Championships (December 14-21, 2010)  in Doha, Qatar
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships (June 17-26, 2011) Rome, Italy

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