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Italy, Russia and Brazil lead the way at end of World League Week Three


Dragan Travica sets Italy on their way to the second of two straight-sets wins over Cuba on Sunday

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 17, 2013 – The three most successful countries in the FIVB Volleyball World League - Italy, Russia and Brazil - are the stand out teams in the 2013 edition having won all four of their opening matches.

Italy went to the top of Pool B ahead of Olympic champions Russia on set ratio difference after beating Cuba 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-19) in Florence on Sunday.

The victory was Italy’s fourth from as many matches having also beaten Cuba on Friday and Germany twice the week earlier. The first win over Cuba saw Italy win their first three World League matches for the fourth successive year. It was also the first time in all of Cuba’s 23 participations in the World League, that last year’s bronze medallist failed to win more than two sets in total in their first three matches.

Sunday’s other match saw Japan end a 22-match losing streak, which started in 2008, by winning two matches in a row against Finland. Japan’s opening 3-1 win over Finland on Saturday saw them concede 79 points, a record low for them in a four or five-set match in the current scoring format (since 1999).

Meanwhile, Russia continued their excellent start to the 2013 World League with two impressive victories over Serbia in Kaliningrad over the weekend. It’s the third time in the last four years that the world No. 2 has started the World League with four straight victories. They started 8-0 in In 2010 and 9-0 in 2011 and Russia has now won 17 consecutive World League matches as the home team since the start of 2011. The last time Serbia lost twice against the same opponent in a single match-round was against Brazil, exactly five years ago, in June 2008.

Other significant highlights of the weekend saw world No. 1 Brazil beat Argentina twice – both in straight sets -  in Mendoza. It represented the 11th and 12th straight-sets-World-League victories against Argentina for Brazil. Only against Portugal (13) do they have more.

The second victory on Saturday, saw the 2010 champions become the first team to reach 150 straight set wins in World League history with Italy their closest rivals on 122. They are now 21-0 against Argentina in World League play, the most wins without a loss by any team against any other team.

Brazil is the most successful country in the World League with nine titles, three silver and four bronze medals, followed by Italy with eight titles, three silver and two bronze medals and Russia, who have two titles, five silver and seven bronze medals. Brazil, Russia, Italy and Bulgaria are the only undefeated teams in the competition to date. Bulgaria did not play last weekend after winning their opening two games against France.

Brazil holds the record for most titles (nine), most podiums (16), most match wins (296) and most sets won (972). Brazil is one of only two countries to have participated in all 24 editions of the World League. The other is Italy.

LIVE SCOREBOX | WEEK 3

No Phase Date Local
Time
GMT
Time
Teams Live Score
Result
City Description Press
Conf.
Stats Photos
25 B 14/06 18:10 15:00 RUS-SRB 3-0 Kaliningrad View View View View
26 B 14/06 20:00 18:00 ITA-CUB 3-0 Torino View View View View
29 C 14/06 19:10 23:00 CAN-KOR 3-0 Mississauga View View View View
27 A 14/06 20:30 23:30 ARG-BRA 0-3 Mendoza View View View View
28 A 14/06 19:10 00:00 USA-FRA 3-0 Tulsa, OK View View View View
30 C 15/06 13:10 04:00 JPN-FIN 3-1 Komaki View View View View
31 B 15/06 18:10 15:00 RUS-SRB 3-2 Kaliningrad View View View View
33 C 15/06 19:10 23:00 CAN-KOR 3-0 Mississauga View View View View
36 A 15/06 20:30 23:30 ARG-BRA 0-3 Mendoza View View View View
32 A 15/06 19:10 00:00 USA-FRA 3-2 Tulsa, OK View View View View
34 C 16/06 13:10 04:00 JPN-FIN 3-1 Komaki View View View View
35 B 16/06 20:10 18:00 ITA-CUB 3-0 Firenze View View View View

Standings

Pool A
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 11 4 4 2 1 1 12 3 4.000 360 305 1.180
2 USA USA 8 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 10 6 1.667 382 351 1.088
3 BUL Bulgaria 5 2 2 1 1 6 2 3.000 182 177 1.028
4 ARG Argentina 3 4 1 3 1 1 2 4 10 0.400 298 339 0.879
5 FRA France 2 4 4 2 2 4 12 0.333 345 377 0.915
6 POL Poland 1 2 2 1 1 3 6 0.500 190 208 0.913


Pool B
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 ITA Italy 11 4 4 3 1 12 2 6.000 332 276 1.203
2 RUS Russia 11 4 4 2 1 1 12 3 4.000 357 309 1.155
3 SRB Serbia 7 4 2 2 2 1 1 8 8 1.000 351 365 0.962
4 GER Germany 1 2 2 1 1 2 6 0.333 156 182 0.857
5 IRI Iran 2 2 1 1 1 6 0.167 148 167 0.886
6 CUB Cuba 4 4 2 2 2 12 0.167 295 340 0.868


Pool C
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 CAN Canada 12 6 4 2 3 1 2 14 7 2.000 498 453 1.099
2 NED Netherlands 9 4 3 1 1 2 1 10 5 2.000 360 331 1.088
3 FIN Finland 9 6 3 3 2 1 1 2 13 11 1.182 533 538 0.991
4 KOR Korea 7 6 2 4 2 1 3 8 14 0.571 464 507 0.915
5 JPN Japan 6 6 2 4 2 3 1 9 14 0.643 517 516 1.002
6 POR Portugal 5 4 2 2 1 1 2 6 9 0.667 320 347 0.922

FIVB World League 2013 Performances


Top Scoring Performances
28 – Wytze Kooistra of Netherlands v Canada (May 31)
27 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Germany (June 9)
26 – Leandro of Brazil v Poland (June 9)
26 – Valdir Sequeira of Portugal v Finland (June 1)
26 – Mikko Oivanen of Finland v Portugal (June 1)

 

Top Blocking Performances
6 – Holt Maxwell of USA  v France (June 14)
6 – Andrey Aschchev of Russia v Serbia (June 14)
6 – Frederic Winters of Canada v Korea (June 14)
6 – Emanuele Birarelli of Italy v Germany (June 9)
6 – Park Sang-Ha of Korea v Japan (June 1)

 

Top Blocking Performances by Team
16 – Italy v Germany (June 9)
15 – Canada v Korea (June 14)
15 – Poland v Brazil (June 9)

Top Serving Performances
7 – Alexandre Ferreira of Portugal v Finland (June 1)
6 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Cuba (June 14)
4 – Matti Oivanen of Finland v Korea (June 9)
4 – Earvin Ngapeth of France v Bulgaria (June 7)

 

Top Serving Performances by Team
11 -  Russia v Serbia (June 14)
10 – USA v Argentina (June 8)
9 – France v Bulgaria (June 7)
9 – Portugal v Finland (June 1)

 

Highest Scorer by Round
Round 1: Wytze Kooistra of Netherlands, 28 (v Canada)
Round 2: Cristian Savani of Italy, 27 (v Germany)
Round 3: Tatsuya Fukuzawa of Japan, 24 (v Finland)

 

Highest Set Score
Round 1: Finland v Portugal, 29-27
Round 2: Bulgaria v France, 31-29
Round 3: USA v France, 30-28

 

Highest Scoring Matches
Round 1: Finland v Portugal, 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 15-12) – 219 points
Round 2: Brazil v Poland, 3-2 (28-26, 25-22, 23-25, 20-25, 15-10) – 219 points
Round 3: USA v France, 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 24-26, 30-28, 15-9) – 226 points


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