FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

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Italy shock Brazil as unbeaten run continues


The win was Italy’s 18th World Cup triumph in a row, moving to second on the overall record, surpassing China’s 17 (1977-1989) and trailing Cuba’s 22 (1995, 1999 and 2003)

Sapporo, Japan, November 12, 2011 – Nineteen points from Italy’s top scorer Carolina del Pilar Costagrande led the defending champions to a surprise 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-22) win over world No. 1 Brazil in Sapporo on Saturday to maintain their amazing unbeaten run in the FIVB World Cup 2011.

Italy had only won six of the previous 26 encounters between the two stellar sides in world volleyball but really turned on their A game to make it seven wins from seven matches. The straight sets victory was their third against Brazil, repeating their World Cup result in Nagoya four years ago as well as their victory in Fukuoka in 2009 to win the Grand Champions Cup. Both teams have been affected with injuries and were missing key players but Italy were too clinical for the pre-match favourites Brazil, who were coming off a tough five-set victory against China. The emotional high on Friday quickly changed to disbelief and disappointment as the Olympic champions suffered their second defeat of the tournament to slip to sixth on 12 points – eight behind Italy.

The win was Italy’s 18th World Cup triumph in a row, moving to second on the overall record, surpassing China’s 17 (1977-1989) and trailing Cuba’s 22 (1995, 1999 and 2003). The last time Italy had lost in a World Cup was against Brazil in 2003 in their final  match. For Brazil, Sheilla Castro, who went into the match as the tournament’s second leading scorer with 93 points, led the Brazilians with 13. “It was a really great match, we didn’t make many mistakes,” Costagrande said. “Brazil’s play was not as it usually is; they were not at their best. That’s why it wasn’t a close game but of course we had less mistakes, and our performance was better than yesterday.”

“I’m really happy because we beat one of the strongest team in the world,” Italy coach Massimo Barbolini said. “I think we are returning to the kind of Italy that can receive, defend, and fight for every ball. I think that our blockers worked very well. It’s always difficult to play against Brazil, but I think we had order in our blocking so our defence could do the other things. Blocking without confusion led to good work on defence. So everything went well. It is not possible to win 3-0 against Brazil if it’s not perfect.”

Meanwhile, USA maintained their spot in second place on 18 points with six wins and one defeat following a comfortable 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-9) win over Algeria at the Momotaro Arena in Okayama but the big upset of the day happened at the same venue with the ninth-placed Dominic Republic pulling off an amazing 3-2 (30-28, 22-25, 25-14, 18-25, 15-12) win over third-placed Germany thanks to a World Cup record breaking points haul of 42 points by Bethania de la Cruz De Pena. The World Cup leading scorer’s amazing feat included six blocks and five service aces but trails the international record of 53 points by Croatia’s Barbara Jelic in the 1999 European Championships semifinals. “I’m really very satisfied with the victory over Germany, it was a big effort from our side.,” De La Cruz said. “For me, I’m really happy because I played very focused, which is what I do whenever we play big teams like Germany.”

In other results, China beat Serbia for the first time ever (from four matches) with a stunning 3-1 (21–25, 25–19, 25–23, 25–23) win, propelling the three-time champions into third on the World Cup standings with 16 points ahead of Germany. While Argentina had to overcome an early scare before overcoming Kenya 3-0 (26-24, 25-13, 25-16). In the last match in Sapporo Japan made short work of Korea on its home court in three sets (25-21, 25-18, 25-17).

For winless and scoreless Algeria and Kenya, Olympic Games qualification is now out of the question. With four games remaining only a maximum of 12 points remain on offer and they trail third place China by 16 points. The qualification chances of Korea, on four points, are also effectively over.

In further fascinating action on Sunday in Sapporo sees Italy (1st) play Serbia (6th), China (3rd) take on Korea (10th) and Japan (5th) up against Brazil (6th) while in Okayama, Argentina (8th) play Germany (4th), Algeria (12th) take on Kenya (11th) and USA face the Dominican Republic (9th).

The World Cup, which offers tickets to the London Olympic Games to the three medallists, continues until November 18 after each of the 12 teams team has played each other once, offering three points for a 3-0 or 3-1 win (a 3-2 result gives two points to the winner and one to the loser). The men’s tournament follows in Japan from November 20 to December 4.

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Day 7 | November 12, 2011

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40 B 12/11 11:10 02:10 DOM-GER 3-2 Okayama View View View View
38 A 12/11 15:10 06:10 CHN-SRB 3-1 Sapporo View View View View
41 B 12/11 15:10 06:10 ARG-KEN 3-0 Okayama View View View View
39 A 12/11 18:30 09:30 JPN-KOR 3-0 Sapporo View View View View
42 B 12/11 18:30 09:30 ALG-USA 0-3 Okayama View View View View

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World Cup Standing


Rk Code Team Points Matches Results Details Sets Points
Played Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1 ITA Italy 20 7 7 5 1 1 21 3 7.000 584 428 1.364
2 USA USA 18 7 6 1 5 1 1 18 4 4.500 544 399 1.363
3 CHN China 16 7 5 2 2 2 1 2 19 10 1.900 662 588 1.126
4 GER Germany 15 7 5 2 4 1 1 1 18 8 2.250 614 517 1.188
5 JPN Japan 13 7 4 3 4 1 1 1 15 9 1.667 546 474 1.152
6 BRA Brazil 12 7 5 2 1 1 3 1 1 16 13 1.231 650 597 1.089
7 SRB Serbia 11 7 3 4 2 1 2 1 1 14 13 1.077 603 593 1.017
8 ARG Argentina 9 7 3 4 1 2 4 9 14 0.643 459 506 0.907
9 DOM Dominican Republic 8 7 3 4 1 1 1 2 2 11 15 0.733 549 569 0.965
10 KOR Korea 4 7 1 6 1 1 5 5 18 0.278 419 532 0.788
11 KEN Kenya 7 7 2 5 2 21 0.095 382 571 0.669
12 ALG Algeria 7 7 1 6 1 21 0.048 307 545 0.563


FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup Highlights

Tournament Leading Scorers
1 Bethania De La Cruz de Peña (DOM) 154 points
2 Hui Ruoqi (CHN) 106 points  
   Carolina del Pilar (ITA) 106 points
   Sheilla Castro (BRA) 106 points
5 Yang Junjing (CHN) 103 points
   Kimura Saori (JPN) 103 points
 
Top Scorers by Day
November 4: 24 - Bethania De La Cruz de Peña (Dominican Republic) v Argentina
November 5: 27 - Carolina del Pilar Costagrande (Italy) v China
November 6: 24 - Saori Kimura (Japan) v China
November 8: 29 - Bethania De La Cruz de Peña (Dominican Republic) v China and Kim Yeon-Koung (Korea) v Brazil
November 9: 24 - Sheilla Castro (Brazil) v Serbia
November 11: 21 - Paula Pequeno (Brazil) v China
November 12: 42 - Bethania De La Cruz de Peña (Dominican Republic) v Germany

Top Scoring Performances
42 - Bethania De La Cruz de Peña (Dominican Republic) v Germany on Nov 12
29 - Bethania De La Cruz de Peña (Dominican Republic) v China on Nov 8
29 - Kim Yeon-Koung (Korea) v Brazil on Nov 8
27 - Carolina del Pilar Costagrande (Italy) v China on Nov. 5

Top Blocking Performances
7 – Foluke Akinradewo (USA) v Germany on Nov. 9
7 – Christiane Fürst (GER) v Algeria on Nov. 11
7 – Fabiana Claudino (BRA) v China on Nov. 11

Top Service Ace Performances
7 – Paula Yamila Nizetich (Argentina) v Algeria on Nov. 6

Highest Set Score
32-30 – Germany v USA (Set 1) on Nov. 9

Highest Scoring Matches
223 – Brazil beat China 3-2 (25-23, 25-27, 21-25, 25-20, 17-15) on Nov. 11
219 – Germany beat Serbia 3-2 (25-22, 24-26, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11) on Nov. 8
214 – Dominican Republic beat Germany 3-2 (30-28, 22-25, 25-14, 18-25, 15-12) on Nov 12
211 – Italy def. China 3-2 (25-20, 22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-12) on Nov. 5
210 – China def. Japan 3-2 (20-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13) on Nov. 6

For more information contact:
FIVB Press Director Richard Baker
press@fivb.org or +81 (0)80 2584 4604


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Dominican Republic and Panama to open NORCECA Women’s

07.09.2011 17:34:33
Serbia national sides in street scrimmage

07.09.2011 11:18:48
Jacqueline returns as Brazil name South American champs squad

06.09.2011 09:22:32
Chinese Taipei to host Asian Women’s Championships

05.09.2011 14:22:17
Top NORCECA female squads to compete in Caguas

25.08.2011 15:00:01
Kenya qualify for World Cup

21.08.2011 23:28:58
Senegal shock Tunisia to qualify for semifinals of the women's African Nations Champs

21.08.2011 14:39:48
Kenya, Egypt and Algeria secure semi final tickets

20.08.2011 01:13:09
Senegal, Algeria and Egypt continue winning ways at Africa Nations Champs

19.08.2011 10:10:05
Egypt pick up win in their first African Championship match

18.08.2011 12:12:30
Kenya, Algeria, Tunisia pick up wins in African Nations Championship

17.08.2011 05:23:21
Nine teams to battle it out for top Honours at the Africa Nations Championship

15.07.2011 15:07:03
FIVB President hopes for "new future" in Japan

14.06.2011 15:34:58
Kenya to host 2011 Women’s African Nations Championship

24.05.2011 08:26:25
FIVB confirms World Cup in Japan

12.05.2011 12:02:16
The Netherlands set sight on World Cup