Switzerland, July 26, 2014 – European sides Poland, Netherlands, Czech Republic
and Bulgaria maintained their unscathed win-records on the second day of
competition at the Intercontinental Round of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand
Prix on Saturday.
The four European teams became the respective pool leaders after four other teams each earned losses in only two days of intense competition.
In Pool J, Poland defeated Canada 3-1 (25-15, 14-25, 25-21, 25-11), as the latter could not produce a consistent performance in the match. Peru were heavily favoured to win the match against Belgium, but the Belgian squad showed stability in their game that led to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-21) upset of the host team.
Netherlands also pulled off an upset of the host team as they made a straight sets (25-22, 25-11, 25-22) win against Puerto Rico in Pool K. Argentina broke into the win-column with a 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-12) victory over former World Grand Prix winners Cuba, who struggled to overcome tight situations in the match that allowed the South Americans to secure victories in the end game.
Czech Republic threaded an easier path in Pool P, as they trounced newcomers Australia in straight sets (25-14, 25-21, 25-20), while Croatia recorded its first win in a closely fought 3-1 affair (25-22, 25-22, 25-27, 20-25) over hosts Kazakhstan.
In Pool Q, Bulgaria endured two five-setters in the competition to gain pool leadership. Bulgaria beat Kenya 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 24-26, 15-12), while hosts Mexico downed Algeria 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-23).
· Poland, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Bulgaria maintained their unscathed win-records on second day.
· Bulgaria were tested to outlast another five-set standoff, first against Algeria, now Kenya.
· Czech Republic made a display of seamless blocking in their match against Australia, scoring a match-high 16 blocks – nine of which came from Veronika Trnkova.
· Croatia picked up its first victory in the World Grand Prix, while Kazakhstan are still winless against a European opponent in the World Grand Prix.
· Bulgaria and Kenya were evenly matched and fought closely until the end of the match, but Kenya had more turnovers than the European team.
· The first ever meeting between Poland and Canada in the World Grand Prix favoured the former, improving their win record to 3-4 against a team in the NORCECA side.
· Argentina levelled the number of wins with Cuba 2-2 in the World Grand Prix.
· After losing to Kenya on the first day, Mexico prevailed this time against an African side – Algeria.
· Peru are on a six-match losing streak against a European opposition; Belgium have now registered their first win in the World Grand Prix.
· Netherlands met Puerto Rico for the second time, the former won both matches 3-0.
LIVE SCORING - WEEK 1
Top Scoring Performances
24 – Aneta Havlickova of Czech Republic v Croatia (July 25)
24 – Lise Van Hecke of Belgium v Poland (July 25)
Top Blocking Performances
9 – Veronika Trnkova of Czech Republic v Australia (July 26)
6 – Lyudmila Anarbayeva of Kazakhstan v Australia (July 25)
Top Blocking Performances by Team
18 – Croatia v Kazakhstan (July 26)
16 – Poland v Canada (July 26)
16 – Czech Republic v Australia (July 26)
15 - Poland v Belgium (July 25)
Top Serving Performances
5 – Joanna Wolosz (Poland) v Canada (July 26)
4 – Teresa Vanzurova (Czech Republic) v Croatia (July 25)
4 – Andrea Urrutia (Peru) v Canada (July 25)
Top Serving Performances by Team
12 – Peru v Canada (July 25)
Highest Scorer by Round
Week 1: 24 – Aneta Havlickova of Czech Republic v Croatia (July 25); 24 – Lise Van Hecke of Belgium v Poland (July 25)
Highest Set Score
Week 1: Croatia v Czech Republic, 30-32 (July 25)
Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Bulgaria v Kenya (July 26) (25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 24-26, 15-12) – 220 points
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