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FIVB World Grand Prix 2005 

Week One completed

China, Brazil and Cuba take early lead after first weekend

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 26, 2005 – Last year’s World Grand Prix champions and the Olympic gold and bronze medalists have all claimed the early advantage with three wins from as many matches following the completion of a stunning opening weekend of World Grand Prix Preliminary Round action on Sunday. Olympic champions China top the 12-team competition on set ratio difference ahead of Brazil and Cuba after collecting a 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-18) win over Thailand, a 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-5) victory over the Netherlands and a straight sets win (25-22, 25-15, 25-15) over a new look world number three, USA in Ningbo. More

China lead Brazil and Cuba only on set ratio

June 25, 2005 – Brazil, Japan, China, Italy & Cuba only unbeaten teams after two days of high class World Grand Prix action
June 24, 2005 –
World Grand Prix opens amongst magnificent scenes as favourites get to work early
June 24, 2005 –
Four Thrilling Weeks!
June 21, 2005 –
Premier annual women’s tournament ready for take off
 

 Tokyo, Japan
Brazil win five-set thriller to top Tokyo group
 
Tokyo, Japan, June 26, 2005 -- World Grand Prix champions Brazil came back from two sets down to beat Japan 3-2 (17-25, 17-25, 25-17, 25-21, 20-18) in a thrilling match on the third and final day of Pool A action in Tokyo on Sunday.

Match Reports
   
June 23, 2005 - Brazil go into World Grand Prix short-handed
 Ningbo, China
China show their class
 
Ningbo, China, June 26, 2005 - World number one China beat U.S.A. 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-15) on Sunday to finish the Ningbo leg with three wins from as many matches. The Netherlands completed an impressive weekend also, winning their second match by beating Thailand 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-14).

Match Reports
   
June 24, 2005 - USA women fall to the Netherlands in opener
June 23, 2005 -
Chen: “I will remain calm playing USA”
June 23, 2005 -
Lang Ping returns to China as USA begin World Grand Prix
June 16, 2005 -
Olympic champions gear up for World Grand Prix
June 14, 2005 - Thailand up for Grand Prix challenge - Sutichai
 Reggio Calabria, Italy
Cuba take the honours

 
 
Reggio Calabria, Italy June 26, 2005 – Cuba beat Italy 3-0 (27-25, 25-20, 30-28) to join two other unbeaten sides - Brazil and China - after the first weekend of the World Grand Prix. The Caribbeans dominated the match with excellent serving and a powerful attack. Italy tried to find some answers with some various attacking patterns but they couldn't respond to some outstanding play from Carrillo, Ruiz and Martinez. Earlier Germany beat the Dominican Republic 3-2 (25-12, 25-27, 21-25, 25-9, 15-11) in the battle between the winless teams.

Match Reports
   
June 23, 2005 – Only way is up for Dominican Republic
June 22, 2005 -
Reggio Calabria ready to build on 2004 experience
June 22, 2005 - Three stars missing from German lineup
 

Week 1 - 24-26 June

 
 
Tokyo, Japan
Japan, Korea, Brazil, Poland
Reggio Calabria, Italy
Italy, Cuba, Germany, Dominican Republic
Ningbo, China
China, USA, Netherlands, Thailand
 

STARS

 
 
Fabiana Oliveira
Scoring a point is something impossible for her as a libero, but it does not mean that Fabi is less important to Brazil having returned to the team after missing out on the Athens Olympics.
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Photo of the Week

 
 
China's head coach Zhonghe Chen shakes hands with  former Chinese national women's player and new USA coach Ping Lang (left) after their match on Sunday
 

2004 Standings

 
 
1 BRAZIL
2 ITALY
3 U.S.A.
4 CUBA
5 CHINA
6 GERMANY
7 RUSSIA
8 POLAND
9 JAPAN
10 THAILAND
11 KOREA
12 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
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