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Girls’ U18 World Championship:
China retains World Championship title
Pila, Poland, August 17, 2003 – China came from behind to defeat Italy 3-2 to successfully defend their title for the Girls’ Under-18 World Championship that they won two years ago in Croatia. The bronze medals went to the Brazilians who beat USA 3-1. The Italians charged through the opening set deploying their strong defense and lightning fast settings to rip through the points for 25-17. The Italian charge continued through the second set allowing China a mere 15 points. The tide turned in the third set and China chipped away to draw back one set 25-23.Italy opffered little resistence in the fourth which finished 25-16 for China and 2-sets all. more Spanish Match Stats  Results  Standings Match Reports
Pic: China on the winner's podium

Italy Faces China in Championship final 
Pila, Poland, August 16, 2003 – Italy meets title defenders China on Sunday in the gold medal match of 2003 FIVB Girls’ Under 18 World Championship. It will be Italy’s first ever appearance in the final of this youth championship after they had a decisive win against the USA in Saturday’s semifinal. Italy charged through their match in just one hour leaving few openings for the American side. The European vice-champions overwhelmed their opponents 25-11 in the opener. The USA came close to drawing equal in the second set at 17-18 but then went on to win only one of the subsequent exchanges. Although the USA team showed courage and determination in the third set, they committed a number of unforced errors that opened the way for Italy's straight set triumph. more Spanish 
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Pic: Italy during their national anthem

Quarterfinals: USA Reaches Top Four
Pila, Poland, August 15, 2003 – USA joined Italy, Brazil and China on Friday to compose the top four teams of 2003 FIVB Girls’ Under 18 World Championship after an emotional quarterfinal day when all four teams had to climb their peaks to reach the semis. USA went into their match against Russia as outsiders but again demonstrated soaring volleyball skills to crack their semi berth. Russia stumbled over simple errors and lost the opener 25-20. Then the Americans charged through the second set, allowing the opposition a mere 16 points. more Spanish  Pic: USA huddle round coach for team strategy

Day Six - Rest Day
Day Five - Serbia & Montenegro Eliminated
Pila, Poland, August 14, 2003 - After a day off, the 2003 FIVB 8th Girls' Under 18 World Championship resumed on Wednesday with as many as six Play-off Round matches: in two only a seeding was at stake, but the other four saw battles for survival. Among those who did not stay alive is Serbia and Montenegro. The bronze medallists of 2003 European Championships suffered a 3-2 defeat against the tournament's dark horse Thailand. The Asians overcame the Balkan team in five thrilling sets, in which the emotions were at their peak. "We are extremely happy because this is one of the best achievements in the history of Thailand's youth volleyball. We beat a very strong team, much taller than ours" said Chitipol Toomanee, the head coach of Thailand. More Spanish Standings Results Match reports Competition Format
Pic: Thailand caused a huge 3-2 upset

USA Girls’ Reach Quarterfinals
PILA, Poland (August 13, 2003) – Team USA set a goal to make it to the quarterfinal-round of the 2003 FIVB Girls’ Youth Volleyball World Championship and on Wednesday they met that goal with an easy 3-0 victory (25-12, 25-21, 25-18) over Venezuela in an elimination match. More

Day Four-Rest day
Day Three-China push Italy into Elimination Group
Pila & Wloclawek, Poland, August 11, 2003 - The Preliminary Round of the 2003 FIVB 8th Girls' Under 18 World Championship was completed on Monday, leaving 12 teams to battle it out in the second phase (play off seeding and elimination matches) and the four worst ranked teams: Kenya, Egypt, Hungary and Belarus taking early flights home. Heading into Monday's action Brazil was the only certain pool winner, guaranteeing them a spot in the semifinals. In all other pools the battle for supremacy had to be determined. More Standings Results Match reports Competition Format
Pic: Russia beat Poland to reach the seeding playoffs

Three more quarterfinalists confirmed
Pila & Wloclawek, Poland, August 11, 2003 - Three teams joined Brazil and confirmed their spot in the quarterfinals of the 2003 FIVB Girls' Under 18 World Championship after day three action in Poland on Monday. More Standings Results Match reports Competition Format

USA advance to Playoffs
PILA, Poland, August 11, 2003 – The USA girl’s youth national volleyball team cruised to an easy 3-0 win over Belarus at the FIVB Girl’s Under-18 World Championships at Mosir Hall on Monday to confirm their spot in the elimination playoff round. More

Three quarterfinalists to be found on day three
Pila & Wloclawek, Poland, August 11, 2003 - Three teams can seal a quarterfinal spot in the 2003 FIVB Girls' Under 18 World Championship in day three action on Monday in Poland by finishing on top of their pool. More Standings Match Schedule Competition Format

Day Two - Brazil already qualified for quarterfinals
Pila & Wloclawek, Poland, August 10, 2003 - After two days play at the 2003 FIVB Girls' Under 18 World Championship Pool D leaders Brazil are already setting the pace having already qualified for the quarterfinals with their top spot in the group guaranteed. Six other teams - Serbia & Montenegro, Croatia, Russia, Poland, China, and Italy - qualified for the second round (where quarterfinal qualifying continues) following day two action but three quarterfinal spots - awarded to the pool winner's - are still up for grabs. In the very first match of the day in Pila, Brazil overcame the USA in just three sets to seal top spot in their group, following a solid preparation schedule. More
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Pic: Coach Moura Luizomar leads the team talk for Brazil

USA falls to Brazil
PILA, Poland, August 10, 2003 – Brazil took control of the match early and handed the USA girl’s youth national volleyball team its first loss at the FIVB Girl’s Under-18 World Championships at Mosir Hall on Sunday. Thaisa Menezes scored a team-high 10 points and Regiane Bidias and Veronica Brito each added eight points as Brazil posted a 25-14, 25-17, 25-22 victory to remain undefeated in Pool D at 2-0. "We worked a lot on the U.S. before the game making all of the necessary preparations, including the statistics and video, so we knew exactly what to expect," said Brazil's head coach Moura Luizomar. "We had some problems in the third set but I was confident that my team would prevail at the end." More Results Match reports Standings
Joyce Nicole Britenriker (USA) against Fernanda Rodrigues (Brazil)

Favourites dominate on opening day
Pila & Wloclawek, Poland, August 09, 2003 - The first match-day of the Preliminary Round in the 2003 FIVB 8th Girls' Under 18 World Championship, played in two Polish cities: Pila and Wloclawek, supplied all the drama and tension but no surprises following eight exciting games. For hosts Poland however, they were closest to being one of the first victims of the an upset when they took on Thailand. The home team, based on the students of the Polish Volleyball Federation's school, started the tournament very nervously but had luck on its side twice in the most important moments of the match. In the opening set the Asians were leading 23-20 but conceded five straight points to gift the set to the Poles. More Results Match reports Live scores
Pic: Poland and Thailand do battle on day one

USA win first match
PILA, Poland, August 09, 2003 – The USA girl’s youth national Volleyball team started the FIVB Girl’s Under-18 World Championships with a convincing 3-1 over the Czech Republic at Mosir Hall on Saturday afternoon. Nicole Fawcett and Jordan Larson each scored 16 points to lead five players in double figures as the United States recorded a 22-25, 26-24, 25-20, 25-11 victory to begin competition in Pool D. "We are very happy to get our first win in the preliminary round," said Team USA head coach Shelton Collier. "We have a very inexperienced team compared to many of the others at this event, so this victory will really help our confidence. Hopefully we will play better and better as the tournament progresses." More Results Match reports Live scores
Pic: USA celebrate another point against the Czech Republic

Championship Underway
August 09, 2003 - The 8th Girls' U18 World Championship in Poland has started. Visit the following links for the latest information Match Schedule Competition Format Live scores Results Match reports

Counting down to opening match
August 09, 2003 - Two matches between Kenya and Serbia and Montenegro and Belarus against Brazil will open the 8th Girls' U18 World Championship in Poland on Saturday starting at 08:00 GMT. More

USA Girls' Youth team prepare for Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, August 5, 2003 – The USA Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team has departed Lake Placid, N.Y. for Poland, where they will be one of 16 teams from around the world competing for the 2003 FIVB Girls’ Under-18 World Championship. More

Brazil leaves for U-18 World Championship
July 31, 2003 - Brazil’s Girls’ Under-18 team has left their country en route to contest the World championship for this category to be held in the Polish cities of Wloclawek and Pila from August 9-17. But before the competition, the team, lead by head coach Luizomar de Moura, will go to Italy for a six-day training camp, including a series of friendly matches against the national teams of Italy and China, the current titleholder in this category.  Brazil goes to the championship looking for their second title. They won in 1997, but were second to China in 2001 at the event hosted by Croatia. more

FIVB welcomes Poland as new hosts of Girls' U18 World Championship
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 4, 2003 - The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) announced on Wednesday that the 2003 FIVB 8th Girls' U18 World Championship will be staged in Poland in August following the withdrawal of Kenya as the hosts of one of international Volleyball's premier youth tournaments. Kenya had to withdraw from organising this event when it became clear that with two months to go it would not be possible for the event to be organised to the international standards required by the International Volleyball Federation. More Spanish French

USA Girl's Youth National Team to Compete in World Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS - The USA Girl's Youth National Volleyball Team will have a chance to compete for the FIVB Under-18 World Championship after all now that Kenya has been replaced by Poland as the tournament organizer, officials said. The Americans earned an automatic bid to the 2003 Girl's Under-18 World Championships after capturing the gold medal at the NORCECA Youth Girl's Volleyball Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah, last summer but initially, USA Volleyball withdrew Team USA from the world championships because the tournament was scheduled to take place in Kenya, a country where stringent travel restrictions are in place for U.S. citizens. more