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FIVB 2005 World Grand Prix

Week Three

Netherlands & Italy claim remaining finals berths

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 10, 2005 – Straight set victories for the Netherlands (25-12, 25-20, 25-15) over Korea and Italy (25-22, 25-22, 25-22) over Olympic champions China on the final day of the Preliminary Round has seen both teams claim the two remaining Final Round spots, joining hosts Japan, defending champions Brazil, China and Olympic bronze medalists Cuba in the finals set for Sendai, Japan from July 13-18. Prior to the start of the final day of the Preliminary Round, Poland, USA, Italy and the Netherlands were all chasing the final two spots in the six-team Final Round – after Japan, Brazil, China and Cuba had qualified earlier - and Sunday’s action presented some fantastic scenarios. More

Pic: Serena Ortolani on attack for Italy

Final Round
July 5, 2005 –
Sendai gripped by Volleyball fever for World Grand Prix finals

Week Three
July 9, 2005 – Brazil join China, Cuba and Japan in Final Round
July 8, 2005 –
China and Cuba seal Final Round spots
July 5, 2005 –
Heat goes on in race for Final Round


Week Two
July 3, 2005 –
Brazilian scalp leaves China on top with Cuba

Week One
June 26, 2005 –
China, Brazil and Cuba take early lead after first weekend

 Hong Kong, China
Dominican Republic record first victory as Italy beat China
Hong Kong, China, July 10, 2005 - After nine matches during the Preliminary Round of the 2005 World Grand Prix, world number 12 the Dominican Republic finally broke their duck and won their first match of the competition after beating Germany 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-21, 15-7) in the opening match in Hong Kong on Sunday. It was certainly the most critical fifth set that decided third place in the Hong Kong leg. Both teams showed great fortitude but after some spectacular spiking and great excitement, the Dominican Republic team, finally claimed victory to draw level with Germany with a 1-8 win-loss record. Italy, meanwhile, claimed their sixth victory and secured their Final Round spot with a surprise 25-22, 25-22, 25-22 win over Olympic champions China in the second match in Hong Kong.

  Italy win to sit on verge of Final Round place
China confirm finals spot while Centoni leads Italy to win
The most prestigious World Grand Prix Leg in Hong Kong
China one win away from final round
 Taipei, Chinese Taipei
Netherlands stay alive, Cuba lose unbeaten record
Taipei, Chinese Taipei, July 10, 2005 - The Netherlands beat Korea 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-15) in the last match for both sides in Taipei on Sunday to see the Europeans move into fourth place and a potential Final Round qualifying spot in the competition rankings. The world number 14 must now wait on the results of other matches - notably USA's match against Poland and Italy's game against China to see if they will stay in the position. The second match in Taipei saw Cuba lose their unbeaten record after going down to defending champions Brazil 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-23).

  Brazil into finals with convincing victory over Korea
Cuba first into finals
Bigger hill to climb for Cuba
Brazil face another tough test
 Bangkok, Thailand
Poland beat USA but Final Round chance ends
Bangkok, Thailand, July 10, 2005 - Poland won their third straight match to win the Thailand leg after beating U.S.A. 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-22) in the opening match on Sunday but despite moving into fifth spot on the Preliminary Round standings with a 5-4 win-loss record, a poor points ratio has ruled the world number 10 out of a Final Round spot. Italy, currently in sixth spot with a 5-3 record, can lose to Olympic champions China in the second match in Hong Kong and still qualify for the Final Round ahead of Poland due to a superior point ratio. The second match on Sunday saw fist-pumping Japan pull off a dramatic come-from-behind 3-1 (23-25 25-22 25-17 25-22) victory over hosts Thailand, who finished the competition as the only side not to win a match.

  Poland keep Final Round chances alive
USA and Poland still within reach of Final Round
Thailand looking for change of fortune at home
USA hoping to do the double

Week 3 - July 08-10

Hong Kong, China
China, Italy, Germany, Dominican Rep.
Taipei, Chinese Taipei
Cuba, Brazil, Korea, Netherlands

Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand, Japan, USA, Poland


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.

Photo of Week 3


Fascinating support - Dominican Republic v Germany

2004 Standings

3 U.S.A.
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