FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

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Favourites USA take on Germany in key World Cup clash


USA take on Germany in a key clash in Wednesday's second round action

Toyama, Japan, November 9, 2011 – USA, the World Grand Prix champions for the past two editions and arguably the best team currently in women’s volleyball, continue their FIVB World Cup campaign taking on Germany in one of the most intriguing matches of Wednesday’s schedule at Toyama.

Wednesday's fifth day of competition is the final day of the second round of the FIVB World Cup, following which teams will travel to Sapporo and Okayama for round three.

USA (4-0 and 12 points) had a picnic day on Tuesday against Kenya when the world No. 2 rested most of their regular players while giving court time to some others they might need down the road.

It is likely to be an easier day for Italy, the other unbeaten side with 11 points in four victories, who face winless Algeria at Hiroshima following a comfortable victory over Argentina on Tuesday.

Another appealing match at Toyama City Gymnasium has Olympic champions Brazil taking on European champions Serbia. The South American team limped towards a five-set win over Korea and has a 3-1 record with eight points - only good enough for fourth place.

The top three teams at the conclusion of the tournament are granted with the first volleyball tickets to the London Olympic Games alongside with hosts Great Britain.

Hiroshima

Argentina v China
After playing 17 sets in four matches - more than any other team - China is positioned in third place of the standings with a 3-1 record and nine points after a four-set victory over Dominican Republic on Tuesday while Argentina (2-2) are coming off a tough defeat at the hands of Italy. China’s offence appeared to receive a wake-up call after a lethargic first set and recovered to finish with a well balanced production against the Dominican side while the South American vice champions appeared to be left out of gas. The last time these two teams faced each other was at the 2003 World Cup when the eventual champions won in straight sets. China leads the series 2-0.

Algeria v Italy
This will be the second encounter between Italy and the African vice champions with the previous one held at the Beijing Olympic Games where the European side came out victors in three quick sets. Italy brings to the table its unbeaten record in four outings totaling 11 points out of a possible 12 while Algeria is still winless having won one set in the process. Italy’s middle blocker Sara Anzanello was very effective against Argentina by landing eight spikes out of 10 attempts. On the other side, Algeria received a volleyball lesson from Japan that lasted one hour and four minutes.

Dominican Republic v Japan
Bethania de la Cruz is the leading scorer of the competition with 79 points but her powerful individual performance, which included 29 points against China on Tuesday, has not been enough to prevent three losses in four outings for the NORCECA vice champions. Japan (2-2) is placed sixth after comfortably beating Algeria in one hour and four minutes relying on a 21-point performance of Saori Sakoda. Japan leads the head-to-head matches 8-2 winning a hard-fought contest 3-1 at this year’s World Grand Prix.

Toyama

Kenya v Korea
The two teams are still looking for their first victory in the competition even though Korea went close to achieving it on Tuesday against world No. 1 Brazil before going down in five sets, capturing one point in the process. Korea's Yeon-Koung Kim registered a tournament-high 29 points earlier matched by Dominican Bethania de la Cruz. Kenya lost to the United States in straight sets but not before a good showing against the reserve team of the World Grand Prix champions. Korea has won the four previous matches against the Africa champions, with the last a 3-0 result at the 2007 World Cup.

Brazil v Serbia
Both sides played five-setters with opposite results on Tuesday. Brazil picked up its third win against one loss while surviving a serious challenge from a resurgent Korea while Serbia lost a grueling battle against Germany to drop its record to 2-2. The middle blockers of the South American side continue to perform as expected but the same is not true with their corner players. Despite injuries and the absence of key players, Serbia’s level of play is still a good one and should be a tough opponent for the Olympic champions. The South Americans lead 2-0 their head to head matches, including a 3-0 win at the Beijing Olympics.

Germany v United States
USA coach Hugh McCutcheon was able to rest his top players on Tuesday which was not the case for Germany’s Giovanni Guidetti who had to squeeze for the last drop of energy from his star players in the five-set match victory over Serbia. The German duo of Margareta Kozuch and Angelina Grun was particularly effective as they both finished with 22 points apiece. Meanwhile, Megan Hodge notched 20 points helping USA grab its fourth victory from as many outings. The Americans held a 16-5 advantage in their head-to-head clashes with Germany including a 3-0 victory in Hong Kong at this year’s World Grand Prix.

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