Italy were once again the queens of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup as they successfully defended their crown in Japan. They were joined by FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix winners USA who finished second and China in third. All three join Great Britain at the Olympic Games next year.
The tournament was once again a huge success with
some stand out performances from all teams involved. It was a tense
affair right until the last few matches, with hosts Japan as well as
Brazil and Germany all still fighting for one of those precious top
three berths. However, in the end all three fell short as Italy tore up
the script to deliver a memorable campaign.