WGP_Header
Friday, 22 August 2014
Back to FIVB's homepage
RSS RSS l Contact l 
19th Edition
5 - 28 August 2011



Press Release
Cuba-USA, Japan-China to clash in Volley Masters semis

China coach Yu Juemin looks on as his side see off USA in the Montreux Volley Masters on Friday
Montreux, Switzerland, June 10, 2011 – The Netherlands saved some honour by picking up their first victory in the Montreux Volley Masters on Friday, downing Italy 3-1 (23-25, 26-24, 25-14, 26-24) on the final day of matches in the preliminary pools. In other matches, Cuba defeated Japan in five sets and China overcame USA in a similar manner.

In the first set of the Netherlands-Italy match, both teams showed nice kills and perfect defensive play, but it was Italy that prevailed in a tight set. The Netherlands responded by taking an early lead in the second set, but Italy moved back in front before the scores ended up tied at 22-22. But Kristian van der Wel’s girls found a little bit extra and edged the Italians 26-24. They carried their momentum into the third set, moving into a commanding 17-9 lead with good use of blocking before finishing 11 points ahead at the end. The Italians regrouped and kept things close in the fourth set, but once again, the Dutch had the edge and closed the set out 26-24.

After an outstanding comeback the previous evening against the Netherlands, Japan's fortunes went into reverse against Cuba. However, there was no real pressure on either side as they had both already qualified for the semifinals. Nevertheless, it was a great exhibition of volleyball, with the Japanese showing their usual amazing defence, led by players like Hitomi Nakamichi and Saori Sakoda who made saves that seemed impossible. On the other side of the court, Cuba showed their superiority at the net with their imposing block, although they fell short in the first two sets, which they lost 15-25 and 19-25. Japan played with quick combinations, and a balance of powerful hits and smart tips, but Masayoshi Manabe's players gradually showed signs of tiredness as the match went on, while Cuba shifted up a gear. Kenia Carcacés showed Cuba how it should be done with 22 points and the Caribbean team won each of the last three sets by a five-point margin (25-20 25-20 15-10). The result allowed them to finish top of Pool B.

In Pool A, China finished first after beating USA in another five-setter. This enabled them to avoid Cuba in the semifinals and they will now face Japan for a place in the final round. The game presented the public with a passionate display of volleyball, with every player strong in both attack and defence. The Americans, led by Kristin Richards (14 points), were the favorites, but the Chinese had an amazing spirit and were able to speed up the pace of their game to break their opponents' block. Charles Kiraly’s team probably lost this game because of a lack of experience and if they want to make it to the final, as they did last year, they will have to overcome Cuba in the semis.

In the other semifinal, China will face Japan in an all-Asian clash. It is worth noting that the Japanese have never made it to the final. In other games, Italy will face Germany, while the Netherlands will meet Peru. The winners of those matches will play for fifth place on Sunday.
  
More press releases
6/09/2011 World Grand Prix far from disappointment for Brazil says Virna
5/09/2011 Hooker heralds sister as inspiration
5/09/2011 Ruirui urges China to focus on improvement
2/09/2011 Reljin praises Serbia federation following bronze medal win at WGP
30/08/2011 Brazil retain top spot despite falling short at World Grand Prix
28/08/2011 USA take revenge on Brazil to retain World Grand Prix title
28/08/2011 Brakocevic: Playing good is the maximum, winning is a plus
28/08/2011 USA coach McCutcheon proud of team's effort throughout the whole FIVB World Grand Prix campaign
28/08/2011 A golden era for USA to sweep Brazil in the WGP Finals
28/08/2011 Serbia coach Terzic proud to win bronze at first participation in FIVB World Grand Prix
28/08/2011 Serbia sweep Russia for bronze medal in WGP
27/08/2011 Brazil and USA vie for 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix trophy
27/08/2011 USA coach McCutcheon hopes to build on win against Serbia for the final
27/08/2011 Brazil, USA set up final rematch in WGP Finals
27/08/2011 United States enter the final with a 3-0 victory against Serbia
27/08/2011 Brazil coach Guimarães proud to beat world champions Russia
27/08/2011 Brazil are first finalists of World Grand Prix 2011 with straight sets victory against Russia
27/08/2011 Lo Bianco stays positive despite Italy’s WGP results
27/08/2011 Both Japan and Thailand look forward to rematch in Asian Championship
27/08/2011 Japan get 5th position in World Grand Prix after a 3-0 victory over Thailand
27/08/2011 Italy edge China to eighth place with full sets win
27/08/2011 Italy coach Barbolini glad with team's fighting spirit
26/08/2011 The World Grand Prix is a great experience, says Brakocevic
26/08/2011 Serbia, Russia, Brazil and USA to bring hard-hitting action in semifinals
26/08/2011 Russia had everything to lose in this match, says coach Kuzyutkin
26/08/2011 Russia trounce a defensively struggling Chinese side in three sets
26/08/2011 World Grand Prix helps build up to Olympic Games says Kun
26/08/2011 Serbia edge Thailand in straight sets thriller
26/08/2011 Serbia won through with power and experience despite nervy moments, says coach Terzic
26/08/2011 USA targeting rematch against Brazil in the final, says coach McCutcheon
26/08/2011 Brazil escape USA challenge
26/08/2011 Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe attributes win to good serve
26/08/2011 Japan take advantage of Italian defensive woes
25/08/2011 Ping cites USA for future glory
25/08/2011 Brazil and USA to clash on last day of round robin pool play
25/08/2011 China could not cope with other Asian teams' fast-paced game, says coach Yu Juemin
25/08/2011 Brazil, USA secure semifinal berths at FIVB WGP final round
25/08/2011 Thailand shock China in four-set duel
25/08/2011 Brakocevic lifts Serbia to victory over Russia
25/08/2011 Serbia coach Terzic satisfied with win against "the best team in the world"
25/08/2011 New FIVB Heroes campaign launch at World Grand Prix in Macau
25/08/2011 Brazil achieved first goal of qualification for semi-finals, says coach Guimarães
25/08/2011 Brazil subdue an aggressive Japanese team in straight sets
25/08/2011 USA deserved to win with "wonderful defense", says Italy coach Barbolini
25/08/2011 USA defence proves too strong for Italy in deciding set
24/08/2011 Brazil, USA, Russia and Serbia claim opening victories at WGP final round in Macau
24/08/2011 Serbian players played with great attitude and courage, says coach Zoran Terzic.
24/08/2011 Serbia edge China in thrilling fifth set
24/08/2011 Thailand team hopes to improve their techniques through this tournament, says Thailand coach
24/08/2011 Russia hold off Thailand for 3-1 win at WGP Finals
24/08/2011 Action gets tougher on Day 2 of the FIVB World Grand Prix finals
24/08/2011 Brazil coach José Roberto Guimarães: Our serves, blocks and defence did a very good job.
24/08/2011 Brazilian middles key to straight sets win over Italy
24/08/2011 USA jump serving made it difficult for Japan, says Japan coach
24/08/2011 USA open FIVB World Grand Prix finals with straight sets win over Japan
23/08/2011 Zé Roberto braced for tough Grand Prix Finals
22/08/2011 Exciting World Grand Prix finals looms in Macau
21/08/2011 China Coach Yu Juemin: Our performance is the best in the Hong Kong Leg
21/08/2011 Teams confirmed for finals in nail-biting conclusion of World Grand Prix preliminary round
21/08/2011 China tops pool in front of home crowd
21/08/2011 Dominican Republic coach Marcos Kwiek: The second set was crucial to our victory
21/08/2011 Dominican Republic hold off challenge from Kazakhstan
21/08/2011 The whole team was united today: Saori Kimura
21/08/2011 It’s a tough mission in Macau, but we will try our best there: Brazil head coach
21/08/2011 Brazil brush aside hosts Thailand in straight sets
21/08/2011 Japan stun Russia in three sets
21/08/2011 This win is a sweet revenge for our loss last week: Cuba head coach
21/08/2011 Cuba avenge Argentina in hard-fought match
21/08/2011 We tried to do everything to beat Korea: Terzic
21/08/2011 Italy coach Massimo Barbolini: It is important to see our improvement in each match
21/08/2011 Serbia overcome Korea in three sets
21/08/2011 Italy win after a breathtaking fight
21/08/2011 USA coach Hugh McCutcheon: I am very happy with our win
21/08/2011 USA beat Peru in straight sets
20/08/2011 USA book ticket to Macau as tension rises in World Grand Prix
20/08/2011 Kazakhstan coach: We hope you enjoyed the show
20/08/2011 China delight home fans with win over Kazakhstan
20/08/2011 My players concentrated today: Manabe
20/08/2011 USA coach: Italy is a very strong team but we can play at a high level
20/08/2011 USA down Italy in straight sets
20/08/2011 It's not easy to beat Cuba: Thai captain
20/08/2011 Thailand stun Cuba for the second time in World Grand Prix
20/08/2011 Resurgent Japan back on track with win over Korea
20/08/2011 We were unlucky today: Poland coach
20/08/2011 Dominican Republic rock Poland with powerful attacks
20/08/2011 It was a difficult match: Russia coach
20/08/2011 We are playing the tournament’s best team: Argentina head coach
20/08/2011 Brazil overwhelm Argentina in one-sided battle
20/08/2011 Russia overcome Serbia in five sets
20/08/2011 Germany captain Fürst: Incredible match betweeen Gemany and Peru
20/08/2011 Germany down Peru for second win
20/08/2011 Serbia hoping to hand Russia a second loss
20/08/2011 Japan-Korea a big match for both teams
19/08/2011 Russia qualify for finals despite shocking loss to Korea
19/08/2011 China coach Yu Juemin: The opponent was very strong but we were well prepared
19/08/2011 China breeze past Dominican Republic
19/08/2011 Poland coach Swiderek Alojzy: This is an important result for us
19/08/2011 Poland sweep Kazakhstan in three sets
19/08/2011 Thailand are getting better and better: Bastit
19/08/2011 Hosts Thailand outclass Argentina in straight sets
19/08/2011 Tonight, our attack was almost perfect: Terzic
19/08/2011 Serbia cruise past Japan in three sets
19/08/2011 Germany coach Giovanni Guidetti: Our team fought till the very end.
19/08/2011 Brazil played exceptionally and deserved win says Cuba coach
19/08/2011 Brazil brush aside Cuba in straight sets
19/08/2011 It's not the end: Russian coach
19/08/2011 USA give Germany tough lesson
19/08/2011 Korea stun unbeaten Russia in five sets
19/08/2011 Massimo: We need to find our rhythm and strengthen our abilities
19/08/2011 Italy too strong for Peru
19/08/2011 Grün tips Brazil or Italy for World Grand Prix title
18/08/2011 Japan-Serbia rematch a whole new ballgame
18/08/2011 Russia coach Kuzyutkin wary of facing Korea
18/08/2011 Thailand eye two wins at home to boost chances for Final Round
17/08/2011 Thailand looking for two big wins in Pool K
17/08/2011 Virna tips Brazil for World Grand Prix crown
17/08/2011 World Grand Prix on knife edge as tournament enters final preliminary weekend
17/08/2011 Japan, Russia, Serbia, Korea ready for action in Tokyo
14/08/2011 Serbia end US winning streak as Brazil and Italy put on volleyball master class
14/08/2011 Bastit: It was very nice to see such a great player as Yeon-Kuong Kim.
14/08/2011 Korea pick up third victory in a row
14/08/2011 Frometa: We saw the Cuban team not concentrated enough and this is why we lost.
14/08/2011 Poland pick up win on last day in Zielona Gora
14/08/2011 Brazilian fans made difference says ­­­Italian captain
14/08/2011 Russia-China Post-Match Press Conference
14/08/2011 Russia beat China as they clinch Pool G
14/08/2011 Brazil notch up win over Italy
14/08/2011 Every point was difficult said Thailand coach
14/08/2011 Germany-Peru Post-Match Press Conference
14/08/2011 Germany see off Peru in straight sets
14/08/2011 Thailand crush Kazakhstan in World Grand Prix
14/08/2011 Serbia end USA's unbeaten run with 3-1 win in Japan
14/08/2011 Maybe we were perfect: Terzic
14/08/2011 We kept our concentration today: Manabe
14/08/2011 Japan have to work hard to down dogged Dominicans 3-1
13/08/2011 Italy edge Thailand while China seal narrow victory
13/08/2011 Argentina knew how to beat us in the key points: Cuba captain
13/08/2011 Argentina beat Cuba in five sets
13/08/2011 Radecka: This was a match of wasted chances.
13/08/2011 Press Conference of Team China and Team Germany
13/08/2011 Korea too strong for Poland
13/08/2011 Thai players learned from Italy, says Thailand coach
13/08/2011 China see off Germany in five-set thriller
13/08/2011 Serbia set to take on in-form USA
13/08/2011 Japan to face Dominican Republic on Sunday
13/08/2011 Italy pick up win over Thailand
13/08/2011 I was very happy with my team today: USA coach
13/08/2011 Brazilian aura pressed on our players, says Kazakhstan coach
13/08/2011 Press Conference of Team Russia and Team Peru
13/08/2011 Russia claim win over Peru
13/08/2011 Slick USA breeze past Japan 3-0
13/08/2011 Brazil beat Kazakhstan in straight sets
13/08/2011 China VS. Russia
13/08/2011 Germany VS. Peru
13/08/2011 We knew the Dominicans' weak point: Terzic
13/08/2011 Serbia beat Dominican Republic in three sets
13/08/2011 Press conferece of Italy and Kazakhstan
13/08/2011 USA look to make a point against Japan
13/08/2011 Serbia and Dominican Republic looking for Saturday salvation
12/08/2011 Italy pushed to brink as Korea and Cuba put on five-set thriller
12/08/2011 Thailand v Brazil
12/08/2011 Kazakhstan v Italy
12/08/2011 Hyung-Sil Kim: In crucial moments they played better.
12/08/2011 Korea beat Cuba in five-set thriller
12/08/2011 Swiderek: You can play as well as the opponent lets you.
12/08/2011 Poland repeat win over Argentina
12/08/2011 Press Conference of China and Peru
12/08/2011 China seal victory over Peru
12/08/2011 Press Conference of Brazil and Thailand
12/08/2011 Brazil crush Thailand in straight sets
12/08/2011 Press conference between Russia and Germany
12/08/2011 Russia get off to solid start on second weekend of Grand Prix
12/08/2011 China VS. Germany
12/08/2011 Russia VS. Peru
12/08/2011 We made a lot of mistakes: Terzic
12/08/2011 Italy record win over Kazakhstan
12/08/2011 Japan beat Serbia in four sets in Pool H
12/08/2011 We struggled in the first two sets: USA coach
12/08/2011 USA overcomes Dominican Republic in three sets
12/08/2011 Five World Grand Prix games to be streamed live this weekend
11/08/2011 Argentina search for more success in Poland
11/08/2011 Pool F coaches look ahead to games in Almaty
11/08/2011 China looking to improve in Quanzhou
11/08/2011 Gamova return highlights Russia
11/08/2011 Serbia know Japan will be a tough opening match in Pool H
11/08/2011 Almaty hosts second weekend of World Grand Prix action
11/08/2011 Dominicans face tough test against USA
10/08/2011 Japan tournament tougher than China one: Terzic
10/08/2011 Grand Prix continues into exciting second weekend
8/08/2011 Former Japan captain urges side to find world champs fighting spirit
7/08/2011 Italy, Russia, Brazil, USA top pools as Argentina pick up historic win in World Grand Prix
7/08/2011 Horacio Bastit: "Our goal is to improve”
7/08/2011 Historical victory for Argentina
7/08/2011 Radecka: "We did what we could”
7/08/2011 Italy finish weekend unbeaten in Bydgoszcz
7/08/2011 Ishimtseva: "This was a good experience"
7/08/2011 Serbia brush aside Kazakhstan in Pool D
7/08/2011 Russia gave us a volleyball lesson - Thai coach
7/08/2011 Russia outclass Thailand to make a clean sweep in Pool B
7/08/2011 Tamas: "We achieved our goal"
7/08/2011 USA finish opening weekend on a high
7/08/2011 Japan were brilliant: Guidetti
7/08/2011 Scoring against Cuba is not easy: Cristofani
7/08/2011 Japan topple Germany in three sets
7/08/2011 Cuba beat Peru for first win in 2011 World Grand Prix
7/08/2011 Brazil cruise by Korea in three sets
7/08/2011 Brazil is the world's best: Korea coach
7/08/2011 Kazakhstan face tough time against Serbia
7/08/2011 China vs USA should be intriguing
6/08/2011 Thailand stun Cuba as second day of World Grand Prix concludes
6/08/2011 Argentina captain: "An important step forward"
6/08/2011 China v Serbia Press conference
6/08/2011 Italian experience better than Argentinean ambition
6/08/2011 Marcos Kwiek "No doubt that we are well prepared"
6/08/2011 Serbia seal win over China
6/08/2011 Dominican Republic claim victory over Poland in five-set-thriller
6/08/2011 It's not easy to beat one of the world's greatest teams like Cuba says Thai coach
6/08/2011 In-form Thailand come from behind to stun Cuba
6/08/2011 Brazil edge Germany in four sets
6/08/2011 It wasn't hard for USA: Kazakhstan coach
6/08/2011 USA breeze past Kazakhstan in three sets
6/08/2011 My players were excellent today: Ze Roberto
6/08/2011 We made too many mistakes, says Peru's Keldibekova
6/08/2011 We made too many mistakes, says Peru's Keldibekova
6/08/2011 Powerhouse Russia overwhelm Peru in one-sided battle
6/08/2011 Japan use tactical strength to down Korea in three
6/08/2011 Japan had superior organisation: Korea coach
6/08/2011 China face Serbia on Day 2
5/08/2011 USA tested as World Grand Prix begins
5/08/2011 Italy coach: We want to score in any way
5/08/2011 Italy seal win over Dominican Republic
5/08/2011 It was a strange experience for my team, said Argentina coach
5/08/2011 Poland open World Grand Prix with win over Argentina
5/08/2011 Ishimtseva: "I hope we play better tomorrow"
5/08/2011 China v Kazakhstan preview
5/08/2011 China see off Kazakhstan in straight sets
5/08/2011 We played according to coach's plan: Thai captain
5/08/2011 Hosts Thailand cruise past Peru in straight sets
5/08/2011 Akinradewo Foluke guides USA to five-set victory over Serbia
5/08/2011 It was a tough game: Tamas
5/08/2011 Korea overcomes Germany 3-1 in opener
5/08/2011 Korean coach happy to avenge loss to Germany
5/08/2011 We did our best: Cuban captain Silie
5/08/2011 World champs Russia kick off Grand Prix with 3-1 win over Cuba
5/08/2011 Brazil put in dominating performance over Japan
5/08/2011 Fabiana: We did a better job than we expected
5/08/2011 Serbia vs USA in Pool D opener
5/08/2011 China up against three strong rivals in Pool D
4/08/2011 Five World Grand Prix games a week to be streamed live
4/08/2011 FIVB launch World Grand Prix Media Guide
4/08/2011 Poland looking for success on home soil
4/08/2011 Teams expect good matches in World Grand Prix Pool B
3/08/2011 Countdown to World Grand Prix begins here
2/08/2011 Soto focused on World Grand Prix
2/08/2011 Clash of four continents to kick off in World Grand Prix Pool B
29/07/2011 Cacciatori says Germans will shine
21/07/2011 Fürst counting on Grand Prix for Olympic warm-up
15/07/2011 Wolosz named Miss Tournament at Yeltsin Cup
8/07/2011 Swiderek new Poland women's coach
6/07/2011 Dominicans and Brazilians earn place in 2012 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
29/06/2011 Coach change for Poland’s World Grand Prix team
12/06/2011 Japan seal first Montreux title
12/06/2011 Japan, Cuba to meet in Montreux final
10/06/2011 USA, China, Japan and Cuba qualify for semifinals at Montreux
9/06/2011 Cuba and Germany recover from first day losses in Montreux
8/06/2011 USA, China and Cuba seal wins on first day of Montreux Volley Masters
7/06/2011 Unique World Grand Prix double header unveiled in Hong Kong
1/06/2011 Peru seal Latin Cup win over Thailand
31/05/2011 China win International Women's Tournament
21/05/2011 Japan’s World Grand Prix venues confirmed
19/05/2011 Hong Kong to launch fan initiative for World Grand Prix
15/05/2011 Kazakhstan seal 16th and final World Grand Prix spot
12/05/2011 Kazakhstan beat Algeria in first WGP play-off
11/05/2011 Algeria coach rallies players ahead of World Grand Prix playoff
10/05/2011 Algeria and Kazakhstan set to clash for World Grand Prix place
5/05/2011 Algeria continue World Grand Prix Play-off preparation in Poland
21/04/2011 World Grand Prix pools confirmed
14/04/2011 USA libero Sykora injured in accident
5/04/2011 Algeria, Kazakhstan face World Grand Prix play-off
31/03/2011 World Grand Prix holders USA head Montreux field
10/03/2011 Cuba head to Peru for pre-season training
20/01/2011 World Grand Prix Final Round venue gets thumbs-up
25/09/2010 China, Thailand set up showdown in Asian Women’s Cup final
24/09/2010 Korea and Thailand qualify for 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix after entering semis at Asian Women's Cup
23/09/2010 Italy joins Germany and Russia in 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix
21/09/2010 The Netherlands stun Italy in World Grand Prix qualifiers
16/09/2010 Six teams to battle for two 2011 World Grand Prix tickets
27/06/2010 Dominican Republic win gold medal in Pan American Cup
26/06/2010 Dominican Republic and Peru to play for Pan American gold medal
25/06/2010 Dominican Republic and Peru join USA and Cuba in 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix
21/07/2009 Macau to host Final Round of 2011 World Grand Prix after 10-year hiatus
   

  Photo gallery