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Plenty to play for on final day of World League's Intercontinental Round

 
Russia's Alexey Spiridonov celebrates a point against Bulgaria on Saturday
 Lausanne, Switzerland, July 5, 2014 – Russia beat Bulgaria 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20) on Saturday to set up a tense final day in Pool B of the FIVB World League, while Poland overcame Iran 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-17) to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the Final Six.

Fighting for the one remaining spot in the Final Four for Pools D, E and F, the Netherlands put themselves in the driving seat in Pool E with a 3-1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-18, 25-18) win over the Czech Republic, but Portugal stayed in contention by beating Korea 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-19).

In the day’s other matches, both in Pool C, Australia beat Canada 3-2, while Finland edged Belgium by the same score.

Key points:

The top two teams in Pool B will advance to the Final Six in Florence. Russia and USA have 21 points and Serbia 20 points. Bulgaria are out of contention on four points.

Serbia host USA, while Russia play Bulgaria in Sofia on Sunday.

In Pool A, the top two teams, Italy and Iran, have already qualified for the Final Six – Italy as hosts, Iran as qualifiers. The next best team will also qualify. Poland are in third place and have 17 points from 12 games, while Brazil have 14 points from 11 matches and will face Italy in their final match on Sunday in Milan.

Brazil need to beat Italy 3-0 or 3-1 to qualify for the Final Six.

The Netherlands lead Pool E with 21 points, two more than Portugal going into the final day when the Dutch will play the Czech Republic and Portugal will face Korea. The Czech Republic (15 points) and Korea (11 points) are out of contention for the Final Four.

The FIVB Volleyball World League 2014 Group 2 Finals will take place in Sydney from July 11-13. Hosts Australia will be joined by the winners of Pool C (Belgium), D (France) and E (the Netherlands or Portugal). 

Finland surpassed their 2011 World League record number of five wins; they now have six victories this season.

Belgium lost all four of their five-set matches in the World League.




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Match
No
PoolDateLocal
Time
GMT
Time
TeamsLive Score
Result
CityDescriptionPress
Conf.
StatsPhotos
G1-41A03/0720:0018:00ITA-BRA1-3BolognaViewViewViewView
G2-65C04/0718:3015:30FIN-BEL3-2TampereViewViewViewView
G1-42B04/0720:0018:00SRB-USA3-0Novi SadViewViewViewView
G1-43A04/0720:1518:15POL-IRI3-1GdanskViewViewViewView
G2-66C05/0719:1009:00AUS-CAN3-2SydneyViewViewViewView
G2-67C05/0716:0013:00FIN-BEL3-2TampereViewViewViewView
G2-68E05/0715:1013:00NED-CZE3-1RotterdamViewViewViewView
G1-44B05/0720:0017:00BUL-RUS1-3SofiaViewViewViewView
G2-69E05/0719:0018:00POR-KOR3-0Povoa de VarzimViewViewViewView
G1-45A05/0720:1518:15POL-IRI3-0GdanskViewViewViewView
G2-70C06/0716:0006:00AUS-CANViewSydneyView
G2-71E06/0715:0013:00NED-CZEViewRotterdamView
G1-46A06/0717:0015:00ITA-BRAViewMilanoView
G2-72E06/0717:0016:00POR-KORViewPovoa de VarzimView
G1-47B06/0720:0017:00BUL-RUSViewSofiaView
G1-48B06/0720:0018:00SRB-USAViewBeogradView


Standings

Pool A

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1ITAItaly19116524 13123191.2119489560.992
2IRIIran19126632121323221.0451'0189861.032
3POLPoland171266231 3321230.9139941'0240.971
4BRABrazil14115621213220230.8709809741.006

Pool B

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1USAUSA2111832241 226191.3681'0179541.066
2RUSRussia21116551 31125161.5639389041.038
3SRBSerbia2011744121 323171.3539068681.044
4BULBulgaria411110  123510320.3138499840.863

Pool C

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1BELBelgium25127525 4 129201.4501'1191'0661.050
2CANCanada18116531222124201.2009869641.023
3FINFinland16126611422224270.8891'1071'1370.974
4AUSAustralia101147 1314218280.6431'0151'0600.958

Pool D

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1FRAFrance301210263111 33113.0001'0379131.136
2ARGArgentina25128452121129161.8131'0239671.058
3GERGermany14125721211518260.6929899900.999
4JPNJapan312111  11378350.2298681'0470.829

Pool E

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1NEDNetherlands21118322412 28191.4741'0659951.070
2PORPortugal19116523121223201.1509499391.011
3CZECzech Republic15116511413123240.9581'0191'0440.976
4KORKorea11112911 51317280.6079931'0480.948

Pool F

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1CUBCuba1565132  1 1653.2005164801.075
2TURTurkey1364213 11 1591.6675855391.085
3MEXMexico66241 11 38140.5714905190.944
4TUNTunisia2615  1 326170.3534865390.902

Pool G

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1CHNChina14651311  11562.5005074641.093
2SVKSlovakia1163312 21 14111.2735575531.007
3ESPSpain6624  221111160.6885856050.967
4PURPuerto Rico5624  21129160.5635415680.952


FIVB World League 2014 Performances
Top Scoring Performances
37- Yuan Zhi of China v Cuba (June 28)
36 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Russia (June 27)
33 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (July 5)
32 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Serbia (June 14)
32 – Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Spain (June 8)
32 – Thomas Edgar of Australia v Finland (June 7)
31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (June 20)
31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Belgium (June 8)
30 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Brazil (July 3)
28 - Rolando Cepeda Abreu of Cuba v Turkey (June 29 - Group 3 gold medal match)
28 – Park Chul-Woo of Korea v Netherlands (June 28)
28 – Michal Winiarski of Poland v Italy (June 13)
28 – Jeon Kwang-In of Korea v Czech Republic (June 5)
28 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Finland (June 1)
28 – Nemanja Petric of Serbia v Russia (May 31)
28 – Christian Fromm of Germany v Japan (May 24)
28 – Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Germany (May 24)

Top Blocking Performances
10 – Dmitriy Muserskiy of Russia v USA (June 27)
8 – Tommi Siirila of Finland v Belgium (July 5)
8 – Pieter Verhees of Belgium v Finland (July 4)
8 – Gil Marcel Keller of Portugal v Netherlands (June 8)
8 – Nicolas Le Goff of France v Japan (May 31)
8 – Matteo Piano of Italy v Brazil (May 24)
8 – Jorge Fernandez Valcarel (June 15)
7 – Sebastian Solé of Argentina v France (June 29) 
7 - Michael Parkinson of the Netherlands v Korea (June 29)
6 – Michal Krisko of Czech Republic v Korea (June 21)
6 – Artem Volvich of Russia v Serbia (May 30)
6 – Aidan Zingel of Australia v Finland (June 14)
6 – Viktor Yosihof of Bulgaria v Russia (June 15)
6 – Jukka Lehtonen of Finland v Belgium (June 22)

Top Blocking Performances by Team
23 - The Netherlands v Korea (June 29)
18 – Finland v Belgium (July 5)
18 – USA v Serbia (June 14)
18 – Portugal v Netherlands (June 8)
17 – Russia v USA (June 27)
17 – Czech Republic v Korea (June 21)
17 – Canada v Australia (June 20)
17 – Spain v Slovakia (June 15)
17 – Turkey v Tunisia (June 8)
17 – France v Argentina (May 24)
16 – Germany v Japan (June 28)
16 – Netherlands v Czech Republic (June 14)
16 – Spain v Puerto Rico (June 8)
16 – Italy v Poland (June 8)
16 – Turkey v Mexico (June 7)
16 – Czech Republic v Korea (June 5)
16 – Iran v Brazil (June 6)

Top Serving Performances
7 – Mikko Oivanen (Finland) v Belgium (June 22)
6 – Nimir Abdel-Aziz (Netherlands) v Portugal (June 21)
6 – Alexandre Ferreira (Portugal) v Czech Republic (May 31)
5 - Lubos Kostolani (Slovakia) v China (June 29 - Group 3 bronze medal match)
5 – Yuan Zhi (China) v Cuba (June 28)
5 – Valdir Sequeira (Portugal) v Netherlands (June 21)
5 – Luiz Felipe Fonteles (Brazil) v Poland (May 29)
5 – Dick Kooy (Netherlands) v Korea (May 31)
5 – Nicolas Marechal (France) v Germany (June 15)

Top Serving Performances by Team
14 – Finland v Belgium (June 22)
12 - Slovakia v China (June 29 - Group 3 bronze medal match)
12 – Netherlands v Portugal (June 21)
11 – USA v Bulgaria (June 20)
11 – Bulgaria v Serbia (June 8)
11 – France v Germany (June 15)
10 – Germany v Japan (May 24)
10 – Finland v Australia (June 15)

Highest Scorer by Round
Week 1: 28 – Christian Fromm of Germany v Japan; Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Germany (May 24)
Week 2: 28 – Nemanja Petric of Serbia v Russia (May 31)
Week 3: 32 – Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Spain (June 8); Thomas Edgar of Australia v Finland (June 7)
Week 4: 32 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Serbia (June 14)
Week 5: 31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (June 20)
Week 6: 37 – Yuan Zhi of China v Cuba (June 28)
Week 7: 30 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Brazil (July 3)

Highest Set Score
Week 1: Germany v Japan, 27-29 (May 24)
Week 2: Brazil v Poland, 29-27 (May 29)
Week 3: Czech Republic v Korea, 31-33 (June 5); Turkey v Cuba, 31-33 (June 6); Belgium v Canada, 33-31 (June 8)
Week 4: USA v Serbia (June 13), China v Puerto Rico (June 15) 30-28
Week 5: Russia v Serbia (June 20) 37-35
Week 6: China v Slovakia (June 29) 39-37
Week 7: Finland v Belgium (July 5) 29-27

Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Germany v Japan (May 24) (25-23, 25-21, 27-29, 23-25, 15-9) – 222 points
Week 2: Canada v Finland (June 1) (19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 15, 11) – 207 points
Week 3: Czech Republic v Korea (June 5) (31-33, 25-19, 26-24, 26-28, 20-18) – 250 points
Week 4: Poland v Italy (June 13) (25-23, 24-26, 26-24, 25-27, 15-10) – 225 points
Week 5: Australia v Canada (June 20) (25-27, 20-25, 30-28, 25-17, 15-13) – 225 points
Week 6: Korea v Netherlands (June 28) (31-29, 16-25, 25-23, 30-32, 14-16) – 241 points
Week 7: Finland v Belgium (July 5) (23-25, 29-27, 22-25, 25-23, 15-8) – 222 points 



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