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Race for Finals heats up on penultimate day of preliminary round


China booked their place in the Finals despite a five-set loss to Serbia in Macau on Saturday

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 16, 2014 – The battle for a place in the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Finals reached boiling point on Saturday as the penultimate day of the preliminary round concluded with just two tickets to Tokyo remaining.

Eight teams are still statistically in the running to qualify for the next stage, which takes place in the Japanese capital, with Brazil, China and Belgium, as winners of the Group 2 final on Saturday, already confirmed alongside hosts Japan.

China earned the one point they needed to secure second place in Group 1 despite a five set loss (24-26, 28-26, 21-25, 25-20, 17-15) to Serbia in Macau. Japan also needed five sets to seal victory over Korea (22-25, 25-21, 20-25, 27-25, 15-13) in the other match in Macau. Kim Yeon-Koung was once again in fine form, scoring 37 points during her side’s loss.

In Pool G, Brazil proved too much for the Dominican Republic as they downed the Caribbean side in straight sets (25-19, 25-11, 29-27). But USA were again forced to go to five sets following their marathon match against the Brazilians on Friday. This time it was the Americans who came out on top (25-19 19-25 20-25 25-12 15-10).

One point divides the teams of Pool H in Group 1, with Turkey, Russia, Germany and Italy all still in contention for a place in the Finals. Italy secured a thrilling win over European rivals German, although they were pushed to the limit in a breathless five-setter (22-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-14, 15-12) in Kaliningrad. Hosts Russia then kept their home winning streak intact with a 3-1 (28-26, 19-25, 25-21, 25-15) triumph over Turkey.

Elsewhere, Belgium sealed their ticket to Tokyo after winning the Group 2 final in Koszalin, Poland by beating the Netherlands in five pulsating sets (20-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-27, 15-10). Lise Van Hecke was in electric form, scoring 41 points in the process. Puerto Rico beat the hosts 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-22) to take third place.

Finally, the Czech Republic and hosts Bulgaria will contest the Group 3 final in Samokov . The Czechs saw off Croatia 3-2 (26-28, 25-21, 20-25, 25-21, 15-10) before the home side beat Kazakhstan 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 21-25, 25-14). They will clash on Sunday with the winner earning a spot in Group 1.

Key points
Japan has beaten Korea 13 straight matches in World Grand Prix play
• Brazil won 13 straight points against the Dominicans in the second set and have won all 10 of their World Grand Prix encounters with the same team
• Serbia has now won 101 sets in World Grand Prix play
• USA and Thailand have now gone to five sets in their last two meetings including during last year's FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan
• It is Italy’s seventh win in eight matches against Germany in the tournament
• Puerto Rico recorded their eighth victory in the World Grand Prix this season, three more than in all their previous four seasons combined
• Russia remain unbeaten at home in the World Grand Prix, their win over Turkey their eighth victory in total
• Belgium’s Lise Van Hecke has equalled Korea’s Kim Yeon-Koung record of 41 points in a 2014 World Grand Prix match


LIVE SCORING - WEEK 4

 

Match
No

Pool

Date

Local
Time

GMT
Time

Teams

Live Score
Result

City

Description

Press
Conf.

Stats

Photos

G1-37

G

15/08

16:00

09:00

THA-DOM

3-1

Bangkok, Thailand

View

View

View

View

G1-49

I

15/08

17:00

09:00

JPN-SRB

3-1

Macau

View

View

View

View

G1-38

G

15/08

18:45

11:30

BRA-USA

3-2

Bangkok, Thailand

View

View

View

View

G1-50

I

15/08

20:30

12:30

CHN-KOR

3-1

Macau

View

View

View

View

G1-43

H

15/08

04:40

13:40

TUR-GER

1-3

Kaliningrad,Russia

View

View

View

View

G2-37

SF-G2

15/08

17:30

15:30

POL-BEL

0-3

Koszalin, Poland

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View

View

View

G1-44

H

15/08

19:30

16:10

RUS-ITA

3-1

Kaliningrad,Russia

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View

View

View

G2-38

SF-G2

15/08

20:15

18:15

NED-PUR

3-1

Koszalin, Poland

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View

View

View

G1-51

I

16/08

14:30

06:30

JPN-KOR

3-2

Macau

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View

View

View

G1-39

G

16/08

14:00

07:00

BRA-DOM

3-0

Bangkok, Thailand

View

View

View

View

G1-52

I

16/08

17:40

09:00

CHN-SRB

2-3

Macau

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View

View

View

G1-40

G

16/08

16:30

09:30

THA-USA

2-3

Bangkok, Thailand

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View

View

View

G3-25

SF-G3

16/08

16:10

13:10

CZE-CRO

3-2

Samokov, Bulgaria

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View

View

View

G1-45

H

16/08

16:40

13:40

ITA-GER

3-2

Kaliningrad,Russia

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View

View

View

G2-39

F-G2

16/08

17:30

15:30

POL-PUR

0-3

Koszalin, Poland

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View

View

View

G3-26

SF-G3

16/08

19:10

16:10

BUL-KAZ

3-1

Samokov, Bulgaria

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View

View

View

G1-46

H

16/08

19:30

16:10

RUS-TUR

3-1

Kaliningrad,Russia

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View

View

View

G2-40

F-G2

16/08

20:15

18:15

BEL-NED

3-2

Koszalin, Poland

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View

View

View

G1-53

I

17/08

13:00

05:00

KOR-SRB

View

Macau

View

G1-41

G

17/08

14:00

07:00

DOM-USA

View

Bangkok, Thailand

View

G1-54

I

17/08

15:30

07:30

CHN-JPN

View

Macau

View

G1-42

G

17/08

16:30

09:30

THA-BRA

View

Bangkok, Thailand

View

G3-27

F-G3

17/08

16:10

13:10

CRO-KAZ

View

Samokov, Bulgaria

View

G1-47

H

17/08

16:40

13:40

ITA-TUR

View

Kaliningrad,Russia

View

G3-28

F-G3

17/08

19:10

16:10

CZE-BUL

View

Samokov, Bulgaria

View

G1-48

H

17/08

19:10

16:10

GER-RUS

View

Kaliningrad,Russia

View

 

 

Standings

Group 1 - Standings

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

BRA

Brazil

23

8

8

 

6

1

1

 

 

 

24

3

8.000

673

520

1.294

2

CHN

China

17

8

5

3

2

3

 

2

1

 

20

12

1.667

736

677

1.087

3

TUR

Turkey

13

8

5

3

1

1

3

1

2

 

19

16

1.188

786

778

1.010

4

SRB

Serbia

13

8

4

4

2

1

1

2

1

1

17

15

1.133

715

694

1.030

5

RUS

Russia

13

8

4

4

 

4

 

1

2

1

16

16

1.000

728

704

1.034

6

ITA

Italy

12

8

5

3

2

 

3

 

2

1

17

15

1.133

679

683

0.994

7

GER

Germany

12

8

4

4

2

1

1

1

2

1

16

15

1.067

688

707

0.973

8

USA

USA

12

8

4

4

1

1

2

2

1

1

17

17

1.000

756

725

1.043

9

JPN

Japan

10

8

3

5

 

2

1

2

1

2

14

19

0.737

688

738

0.932

10

KOR

Korea

10

8

3

5

 

3

 

1

2

2

13

18

0.722

657

719

0.914

11

THA

Thailand

6

8

2

6

 

1

1

1

3

2

11

21

0.524

662

733

0.903

12

DOM

Dominican Republic

3

8

1

7

 

 

1

1

1

5

6

23

0.261

597

687

0.869

 

Group 2 - Standings

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

NED

Netherlands

23

9

8

1

6

 

2

1

 

 

26

7

3.714

771

644

1.197

2

PUR

Puerto Rico

19

9

7

2

3

2

2

 

 

2

21

12

1.750

756

695

1.088

3

BEL

Belgium

19

9

6

3

6

 

 

1

1

1

21

9

2.333

714

629

1.135

4

POL

Poland

14

9

5

4

1

3

1

 

2

2

17

17

1.000

738

752

0.981

5

ARG

Argentina

13

9

4

5

1

3

 

1

 

4

14

18

0.778

718

715

1.004

6

PER

Peru

9

9

3

6

1

1

1

1

1

4

12

21

0.571

713

757

0.942

7

CAN

Canada

6

9

2

7

1

 

1

1

3

3

11

23

0.478

701

790

0.887

8

CUB

Cuba

5

9

1

8

1

 

 

2

2

4

9

24

0.375

666

795

0.838

 

Group 3 - Standings

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

CZE

Czech Republic

18

6

6

 

4

2

 

 

 

 

18

2

9.000

502

373

1.346

2

BUL

Bulgaria

16

6

6

 

1

3

2

 

 

 

18

7

2.571

597

494

1.209

3

CRO

Croatia

12

6

4

2

2

2

 

 

2

 

14

8

1.750

529

481

1.100

4

KAZ

Kazakhstan

9

6

3

3

3

 

 

 

2

1

11

9

1.222

455

426

1.068

5

KEN

Kenya

9

6

3

3

1

1

1

1

1

1

12

12

1.000

503

516

0.975

6

MEX

Mexico

6

6

2

4

1

1

 

 

2

2

8

13

0.615

452

495

0.913

7

AUS

Australia

1

6

 

6

 

 

 

1

1

4

3

18

0.167

382

500

0.764

8

ALG

Algeria

1

6

 

6

 

 

 

1

1

4

3

18

0.167

375

510

0.735

 

Performance Leaders

Top Scoring Performances
41 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Russia (August 10)

41 – Lise Van Hecke of Belgium v The Netherlands (August 16)

37 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Japan (August 16)
29 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v China (August 15)
29 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Thailand (August 1)
28 – Katarzyna Zarolinska of Poland v Peru (August 3)
28 – Lise Van Hecke of Belgium v Netherlands (August 2)
27 – Katarzyna Zaroslinkska of Poland v Peru (July 27)

27 – Aneta Havlickova of Czech Republic v Croatia (August 16)

26 – Tatiana Kosheleva of Russia v Turkey (August 16)
26 – Kelly Murphy of USA v Brazil (August 15)
26 – Neriman Ozsoy of Turkey v Dominican Republic (August 8)
26 – Neriman Ozsoy of Turkey v Russia (August 3)
26 – Gozde Sonsirma of Turkey v USA (August 2)

25 – Foluke Akinradewo of USA v Thailand (August 16)

25 – Sanja Malagurski of Serbia v China (August 16)
25 – Hui Ruoqi of China v Korea (August 15)
25 – Melissa Vargas of Cuba v Peru (August 9)
25 – Nadia Centoni of Italy v Japan (August 8)
25 – Karina Ocasio of Puerto Rico v Cuba (August 3)
25 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Germany (August 2)
25 – Ann Buijs of Netherlands v Belgium (August 2)
25 – Rachel Rourke of Australia v Croatia (August 2)

24 – Helena Havelkova of Czech Republic v Croatia (August 16)

24 – Zhu Ting of China v Serbia (August 16)
24 – Margareta Kozuch of Germany v Turkey (August 15)
24 – Karina Ocasio of Puerto Rico v Netherlands (August 8)
24 – Chunlei Zeng of China v Thailand (August 8)
24 – Zhu Ting of China v Brazil (August 1)
24 – Tatiana Kosheleva of Russia v USA (August 1)
24 – Aneta Havlickova of Czech Republic v Croatia (July 25)
24 – Lise Van Hecke of Belgium v Poland (July 25)

 

Top Blocking Performances
10 – Kubra Akman of Turkey v Germany (August 15)

9 – Foluke Akinradewo of USA v Thailand (August 16)
9 – Veronika Trnkova of Czech Republic v Australia (July 26)
8 – Thaisa Menezes of Brazil v Korea (August 8)
8 – Kataraina Osadchuk of Australia v Kenya (August 3)

8 – Maja Poljak of Croatia v Czech Republic (August 16)

7 – Veronika Trnkova of Czech Republic v Croatia (August 16)
7 – Andrea Urrutia of Peru v Cuba (August 9)

7 – Xu Yunli
6 – Melissa Vargas of Cuba v Peru (August 9)
6 – Daymara Lescay of Cuba v Peru (August 9)
6 – Zhu Ting of China v Japan (August 9)
6 – Thaisa Menezes of Brazil v Russia (August 9)
6 – Valentina Arrighetti of Italy v Japan (August 8)
6 – Katarzyna Zarolinska of Poland v Peru (August 3)
6 – Cristina Chirichella of Italy v China (August 3)
6 – Irina Fetisova of Russia v Turkey (August 3)
6 – Kelsey Robinson of USA v Japan (August 3)
6 – Milena Rasic of Serbia v Thailand (August 2)
6 – Lyudmila Anarbayeva of Kazakhstan v Australia (July 25)

 

Top Blocking Performances by Team
21 – China v Serbia (August 16)

21 – Turkey v Germany (August 15)
21 – Serbia v Thailand (August 2)
20 – Cuba v Peru (August 9)
20 – China v Thailand (August 8)
19 – USA v Thailand (August 16)

19 – USA v Japan (August 3)
19 – Russia v Japan (August 2)
19 – Czech Republic v Kazakhstan (July 27)

18 – The Netherlands v Belgium (August 16)
18 – Japan v Thailand (August 10)
18 – Italy v China (August 3)
18 – Russia v Turkey (August 3)
18 – Turkey v USA (August 2)
18 – Croatia v Kazakhstan (July 26)

 

Top Serving Performances
6 – Claudia Lizbeth Resendiz Lopez (Mexico) v Algeria (August 3)

5 – Elitsa Vasileva (Bulgaria) v Kazakhstan (August 16)

5 – Lora Kitipova (Bulgaria) v Kazakhstan (August 16)
5 – Kim Yeon-Koung (Korea) v Germany (August 2)
5 – Kim Yeon-Koung (Korea) v Thailand (August 1)
5 – Joanna Wolosz (Poland) v Canada (July 26)

4 – Frauke Dirickx (Belgium) v The Netherlands (August 16)

4 – Ismailoglu Meliha (Turkey) v Russia (August 16)
4 – Zeng Chunlei (China) v Italy (August 10)
4 – Alexandra Munoz (Peru) v Cuba (August 9)
4 – Mareen Apitz (Gerany) v Serbia (August 8)
4 – Rachel Rourke (Australia) v Croatia (August 2)
4 – Judith Pietersen (Netherlands) v Argentina (August 1)
4 – Kelly Murphy (USA) v Russia (August 1)
4 – Teresa Vanzurova (Czech Republic) v Croatia (July 25)
4 – Andrea Urrutia (Peru) v Canada (July 25)

 

Top Serving Performances by Team
15 – Belgium v The Netherlands (August 16)

14 – Bulgaria v Kazakhstan (August 16)

12 – Peru v Canada (July 25)
11 – Kenya v Australia (August 2)

10 – Turkey v Russia (August 16)
10 – Puerto Rico v Poland (August 9)
10 – Germany v Dominican Republic (August 9)

 

Highest Scorer by Round
Week 1: 27 – Katarzyna Zaroslinkska of Poland v Peru (July 27)
Week 2: 29 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Thailand (August 1)
Week 3: 41 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Russia (August 10)

Week 4: 41 – Lise Van Hecke of Belgium v The Netherlands (August 16)

Highest Set Score
Week 1: Croatia v Czech Republic, 30-32 (July 25)
Week 2: Turkey v Japan, 29-27 (August 1); Belgium v Netherlands, 29-27 (August 2); USA v Turkey, 29-27 (August 2); Mexico v Algeria, 29-27 (August 3)
Week 3: Germany v Serbia, 30-28 (August 8); Cuba v Peru, 30-28 (August 9); Cuba v Argentina, 30-28 (August 10)
Week 4: Germany v Turkey, 36-34 (August 15)

Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Bulgaria v Kenya (July 26) (25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 24-26, 15-12) – 220 points
Week 2: Turkey v USA (August 2) (25-21, 27-29, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12) – 220 points; Canada v Argentina (August 2) (23-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22, 15-13) – 220 points
Week 3: Peru v Cuba (August 9) (27-25, 28-30, 25-23, 22-25, 15-13) – 233 points
Week 4: Serbia v China (August 16) (26-26, 28-26, 21-25, 25-20, 17-15) – 227 points

 




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