Cuba only unbeaten teams after Week Two
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
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.
continues during 2nd week of Preliminary Round
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.