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China, Brazil, Japan claim opening wins in World Grand Prix Finals

Brazil repeated their 2012 Olympic Games final result and beat USA for the second time in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2013

Sapporo, Japan, August 28, 2013 – Reigning two-time Olympic champions Brazil and Asian powerhouses China and Japan collected opening wins as the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Finals started in Sapporo on Wedneday.

China beat Serbia in first match of World Grand Prix Finals
Preliminary winners China beat Serbia 3-1 in the opening match of the Finals. With the 25-21, 22-25, 25-17, 25-20 triumph, the Chinese women extended their winning streak connecting the preliminary rounds and the Finals to ten. Xu Yunli led China with 19 points, while Jovana Brakocevic scored 23 for Serbia. China outblocked Serbia 15-9 and outserved them 6-3. More

Jenny Lang Ping delighted with her team’s performance
China coach Lang Ping was delighted with her side’s 16th straight win since she took the helm of the national team in April. “I asked the players to concentrate and get into the game as soon as possible,” she said. “The Serbia team is very powerful at the net, especially in hitting and blocking. And I asked my players to be patient and improve our cover systems. And they did a pretty good job. They served well and did pretty well during the game but still have some parts where they are inconsistent. When the other team served better, we still faced difficult moments.” More

Brazil rout USA in three sets
Brazil beat three-time defending World Grand Prix champions USA 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-10) in a rematch of the 2012 London Olympic Games final, which was also won by the Brazilians 3-1. Taking their encounter in the Preliminary Round into consideration, the USA team has lost all three recent matches against Brazil. Fernanda Rodrigues led Brazil with 13 points, while Nicole Fawcett was the top scorer for USA with 10 points. Brazil had 11 blocking points to USA’s seven, while both teams had three service points. More

Brazil's block and defence almost perfect - USA captain
USA captain Kristin Hildebrand thought Brazil’s block and defence were almost perfect. ”It was very difficult to find our rhythm tonight. But we’ll be ready tomorrow and come back prepared for the rest of the tournament.” USA coach Karch Kiraly praised the overall performance of the South Americans. “Today, Brazil played very good volleyball. They beat us in every phase of the game,” he said. “They’re a very strong team. It’s a good learning experience for USA to face such strong play and hopefully it will make us stronger tomorrow. It’s a real challenge to play five strong teams in five days and the challenge is for us to bounce back after facing adversity like we did today.” More

Japan overcome Italy in three sets
Japan beat Italy 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-22) in the third match of the Finals of the FIVB World Grand Prix in Sapporo on Wednesday. Japan and Italy are ranked third and fourth, respectively, on the FIVB world ranking and before Wednesday, Japan had only lost one of their last five World Grand Prix matches against Italy. Japan were led by Yukiko Ebata (16 points) and Saori Kimura (15), while Valentina Diouf scored 14 points for Italy. More

Japanese team’s work after Sendai round paid off
Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe attributed the surprisingly easy victory to the team’s work after the Preliminary Round in Sendai. “I knew the players were nervous because it was our first match so I’m happy for them that we won,” he said. “After the Sendai round, we needed to think about how to improve and we had a week off that gave us plenty of time to think about our game, and things worked out really well.” More

Video interviews
Serbia vs China press conference
Jelena Nikolic (Serbia)
Nicole Fawcett (USA)


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91 Finals 28/08 13:30 04:30 SRB-CHN 1-3 Sapporo View View View View
92 Finals 28/08 15:55 06:30 BRA-USA 3-0 Sapporo View View View View
93 Finals 28/08 19:10 10:10 JPN-ITA 3-0 Sapporo View View View
94 Finals 29/08 13:30 04:30 USA-SRB View Sapporo View
95 Finals 29/08 15:30 06:30 ITA-CHN View Sapporo View
96 Finals 29/08 19:10 10:10 JPN-BRA View Sapporo View
97 Finals 30/08 13:30 04:30 CHN-USA View Sapporo View
98 Finals 30/08 15:30 06:30 BRA-ITA View Sapporo View
99 Finals 30/08 19:10 10:10 SRB-JPN View Sapporo View
100 Finals 31/08 13:30 04:30 ITA-USA View Sapporo View
101 Finals 31/08 15:30 06:30 BRA-SRB View Sapporo View
102 Finals 31/08 19:10 10:10 JPN-CHN View Sapporo View
103 Finals 01/09 13:30 04:30 SRB-ITA View Sapporo View
104 Finals 01/09 15:30 06:30 CHN-BRA View Sapporo View
105 Finals 01/09 19:10 10:10 USA-JPN View Sapporo View


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 3 1 1   1           3   MAX 75 41 1.829
2 JPN Japan 3 1 1   1           3   MAX 75 59 1.271
3 CHN China 3 1 1     1         3 1 3.000 97 83 1.169
4 SRB Serbia   1   1         1   1 3 0.333 83 97 0.856
5 ITA Italy   1   1           1   3   59 75 0.787
6 USA USA   1   1           1   3   41 75 0.547

Top Scoring Performances
23 – Jovana Brakocevic of Serbia v China (August 28)
19 – Xu Yunli of China v Serbia (August 28)
16 – Ebata Yukiko of Japan v Italy (August 28)

Top Blocking Performances
7 – Xu Yunli of China v Serbia (August 28)
5 – Iwasaka Nana of Japan v Italy (August 28)
4 – Valentina Diouf of Italy v Japan (August 28)

Top Blocking Performances by team
15 – China v Serbia (August 28)
13 – Brazil v USA (August 28)
9 – Serbia v China (August 28)
9 – Japan v Italy (August 28)

Top Serving Performance
3 – Xu Yunli of China v Serbia (August 28)
3 – Kimura Saori of Japan v Italy (August 28)
2 – Iwasaka Nana of Japan v Italy (August 28)

Top Serving Performances by team
8 – Japan v Italy (August 28)
6 – China v Serbia (August 28)
4 – Brazil v USA (August 28)

Highest Scorer by week
Week 1: Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata of Poland, 41 v Russia (August 4)
Week 2: Yukiko Ebata of Japan, 28 v Kazakhstan (August 10)
Week 3: Nataliya Goncharova of Russia, 31 v Thailand (August 18)
Finals: Jovana Brakocevic of Serbia, 23 v China (August 28)

Highest Set Score
Week 1:    Poland v Russia, 30-28 (August 4)
                Japan v Turkey, 30-28 (August 4)
Week 2:    Argentina v Turkey, 36-34 (August 9)
Week 3:    Bulgaria v Japan, 31-29 (August 16)
Week 3:    Italy v Dominican Republic, 30-32 (August 17)
Finals:      Serbia v China, 25-22 (August 28)
                Japan v Italy, 25-22 (August 28)

Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Russia v Poland, 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 29-27, 28-30, 15-13) – 235 points
Week 2: Bulgaria v Dominican Republic, 2-3 (22-25, 25-18, 23-25, 30-28, 14-16) - 226 points
Week 3: Italy v Dominican Republic, 3-2 (25-21, 25-19, 30-32, 24-26, 11-15) - 228 points
Finals: Serbia v China 1-3 (21-25, 25-22, 17-25, 20-25) – 180 points

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