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Final Standing
Tokyo - Fukuoka, Japan
November 10 - 15
“We didn’t prepare very well, we were very late but
then we had two very hard matches,” Italy coach Mas-
simo Barbolini said. “I’m very proud of my team, they
showed determination to win. Some moments they
didn’t play very well, but they wanted to win and for a
coach it is very nice when you have a team that plays
this way.”
Other final-day results saw the Dominican Republic
put themselves into the bronze medal position with
a strong 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-22) win over South Ko-
rea. The Dominicans 3-2 record put them ahead of Ja-
pan, who would have needed to beat Italy in the final
match to claim third place on points ratio.
“We had some tough games in this tournament, but
it was a really good experience for us to play against
the top teams in the world,” a jubilant Dominican Re-
public coach Marcos Kwiek said. “We learned a lot
and discovered many things we need to work on.”
South Korea, meanwhile, ended the tournament in
fifth place with one win from five matches. “I think
we played the most sets among all six teams – we
played 20 sets,” South Korea coach Ryu-Hao Suk said.
“I think of this tournament as a kind of homework as-
signment. We need to work on many things, so we’ll
take this homework home to South Korea and prac-
tice to become a better team.”
Defending champions Brazil defeated Thailand 3-0
(25-22, 25-20, 25-18), which proved enough to give
them the silver medal. The world’s No1 team finished
first in 2007, fourth in 2001 and third in 1997. “We
played 45 matches this year,” Brazil coach Ze Rob-
erto said. “We lost two and won 43. It’s important for
our young players to play at this international level.”
Thailand, meanwhile, were participating in their first
FIVB Women’s World Grand Champions Cup and were
worthy participants. Despite failing to collect a win,
they won three sets and gained a lot of experience.
“We learned a lot from playing one of the greatest
teams in the world, it was an honour for us,” Thailand
coach Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai said. “Our play-
ers tried to show their best and I’m satisfied, espe-
cially with our service.” 
Del Core, Cardullo, Piccinini, Arrighetti and
Gioli cheering
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