2004 FIVB WORLD GRAND PRIX

  World Grand Prix 2004 Press & News WEEK 2 (12-18 July)  
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Brazil and Cuba only unbeaten teams after Week Two

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 18, 2004 – Brazil and Cuba are the only teams left with an unbeaten record after the second week of the 2004 World Grand Prix Preliminary Round was completed on Sunday in the Philippines, China and Indonesia.

With three matches remaining in the Preliminary Round, Brazil lead the competition with six victories after beating the Dominican Republic 25-16, 25-17, 25-19, Poland (25-14, 25-22, 25-20 and Korea (25-22, 25-15, 25-19) in the Philippines. Cuba are also unbeaten after winning a great match against Russia 3-2 (22-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 15-10) and beating Germany 3-1 (25-19, 25-16, 18-25, 25-20) and Japan 3-1 (24-26, 25-15, 25-13, 25-22) in Indonesia.

The race for the top five spots is riveting, remembering that only the best five ranked teams and the organizer Italy will qualify for the World Grand Prix Final Round in Reggio Calabria at the end of the month.

Defending champions China are in third place with only one defeat after they beat USA at home in a fantastic contest 3-2 (20-25, 28-26, 16-25, 25-20, 15-9) and collected wins over Thailand 25-19, 25-20, 25-9 and Italy 3-1 (17-25, 25-21, 25-23, 26-24).

USA and Italy are tied in fourth spot with fours wins and two defeats. USA beat Italy 3-2 (25-20, 17-25, 18-25, 25-22, 17-15) before losing to China and beating Thailand 25-19, 25-14, 25-20. Italy also beat Thailand 3-1 (25-17, 27-25, 19-25, 25-22).

Russia, who lost to Japan 3-1 (12-25, 25-20, 25-19, 27-25) and Cuba in Indonesia on the weekend before beating Germany 25-22, 29-27, 25-18, hold sixth spot with three wins and three losses.

Germany and Poland with two wins, sit in seventh and eighth spot respectively, after Germany beat Japan 3-1 (24-26, 25-17, 25-19, 25-19) and Poland beat Korea 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-21).

Brazil and Cuba now travel to Jeju in Korea where they will play each other as one of their final three matches while USA, Russia and Germany head to Rostock in Germany and China, Italy and Poland will play in Hefei, China.

The first matches are on July 22, while the World Grand Prix Final Round will be played from July 28 - August 1.
 

PREVIEW

Excitement continues during 2nd week of Preliminary Round

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 15, 2004 – The second week of the 2004 World Grand Prix Preliminary Round starts on Friday in three inspirational Asian venues - Philippines, Hong Kong and Indonesia.

Brazil, who lead the competition after winning their first three matches in the 1st week of the Preliminary Round last weekend, will face Korea, Poland and the Dominican Republic in Manila. The Philippine fans are happy to have their favorite team Brazil back in Manila for the World Grand Prix which is one of the favourites for the title.
Pic: Brazil's Elisangela Oliveira on attack against Prisilla Rivera Brens & Cosiri Rodriguez Andino de from Dominican Republic in Week 1
Korea, Poland and Dominican Republic need to improve their results in order to gain points for the final ranking. Only the best five ranked teams and the organizer Italy will qualify for the World Grand Prix Final Round in Italy.

In Hong Kong, defending champions and world number one China will be under pressure in front of their home crowd to not lose another match after being beaten by Brazil in the first week. However, Italy, winners of last week’s pool in Japan will be a tough opponent.

Indonesia is back as an organizer of a World Grand Prix Preliminary Round weekend and with Cuba, Russia, Germany and Japan visiting the local fans will have plenty to cheer about. Japan needs to bring a good performance after their weak start in their own tournament in Japan during the 1st week. Germany is out for revenge and ready for some surprises before traveling home for the third week of the Preliminary Round.

The second week World Grand Prix Preliminary Round will be played on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th July.