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China, Brazil top women's Junior and Youth World Ranking

China held on to its top spot in the FIVB World Rankings while taking their fourth gold medal at the Girls' U18 World Championship this year.
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 13, 2013 – The International Volleyball Federation has issued an update to the FIVB Volleyball Junior and Youth World Rankings for women following completion of the Girls’ U18 World Championship that took place in Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand from July 26 to August 4 and the Women’s U20 World Championship, which took place from June 21 to 30 in Brno (Czech Republic).

The top two countries in the Women’s Junior and Youth World Ranking are unchanged with China and Brazil maintaining their first and second position respectively, although China increased its lead after winning the FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 and Women's U20 World Championships, while Brazil finished third at both events.

The major changes see Japan, who finished second at the Women's U20 World Championship and fifth at the Girls’ U18 World Championship, move up the table from ninth to third place, following their second place finish at the U20 Women’s World Championship. Peru also moved from 10 to fifth place after reaching the semifinals at the Girl’s U18 World Championships.

Formerly in third place, Italy has now dropped four places and is positioned seventh in the ranking sharing this position with Serbia. Chinese Taipei move up seven positions to take 10th place on the table.

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