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Dramatic Intercontinental Round final day as World League Finals participants confirmed

 
USA and Serbia were both playing for a World League Finals ticket in Belgrade
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 6, 2014 – The FIVB Volleyball World League 2014 Intercontinental Round went right down to the wire as the last match on the last day confirmed the final participant in the FIVB Volleyball World League Finals with USA beating Serbia 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 27-25, 25-20) to claim the sixth and final Group 1 Finals spot on Sunday.

With Russia having secured one of the two World League Finals Group 1 spots from Pool B, both USA (needing a minimum of a point) and Serbia (needing to win 3-0 or 3-1) were in contention to claim the other. “It felt like a championship match to me, it was like playing for a title,” USA coach John Speraw said after the win in Belgrade.

Earlier in the day, Russia confirmed their spot in the FIVB Volleyball World League Group 1 Finals, which will be played in Florence, Italy from July 16 to 20, after beating Bulgaria 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-15). Brazil also booked their place in Florence after completing the necessary victory over Italy 3-1 (27-25, 18-25, 25-17, 25-16) to finish third in Pool A ahead of Poland on set ratio.

The Netherlands also booked the fourth and final spot in the FIVB Volleyball World League Group 2 Finals, due to be held in Sydney, Australia from July 12 to 13, after collecting the necessary win over the Czech Republic 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-21). The Netherlands result extinguished any hope Portugal had of qualifying, who went on to lose to Korea 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 18-25, 25-21).

In the day’s opening match, Australia completed a perfect build-up for next weekend's Group two Final Four, with their first ever World League clean sweep with a 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-18) win over Canada on the back of their opening win on Saturday.

Key points:

•    FIVB Volleyball World League Group 1 Finals, which will be played in Florence, Italy from July 16 to 20, participants: Italy (hosts), Iran (Pool A second), Brazil (Pool A third), USA (Pool B winners), Russia (Pool B second) and the winners of the FIVB Volleyball World League Group 2 Finals.

•    Italy and Iran were already qualified prior to weekend. Brazil needed to beat Italy by 3-0 or 3-1 on final day to finish ahead of Poland while USA, Russia and Serbia were all in contention in Pool B until Sunday’s last matches.

•    FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship hosts Poland missed out on a Finals spot from Pool A while Serbia and Bulgaria were the unlucky teams in Pool B.

•    FIVB Volleyball World League Group 2 Finals, which will be played in Sydney, Australia from July 11 to 12, participants: Australia (hosts), Belgium (Pool C winners), France (Pool D winners), the Netherlands (Pool E winners). The winners will advance to the FIVB Volleyball World League Group 1 Finals.

•    Australia and France were already qualified prior to the weekend. Belgium qualified on Saturday and the Netherlands’ win over the Czech Republic on Sunday extinguished any chance of them being usurped by Portugal for the Pool E ticket.

•    France finished with the most number of Intercontinental Round wins over the five pools (A-E) with 10 from 12 matches. USA and the Netherlands both recorded nine. Pool A was the tightest group with all four teams recording six victories.
 
•    The Netherlands’ nine wins is their most since the 1990s when on eight occasions, they had more.

•    Brazil (9), Italy (8), Russia (3), Cuba, the Netherlands, Poland and USA (all 1) are the seven countries who have won the World League during its previous 24 editions. Serbia and France join as the only countries to have medalled in the past.


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LIVE SCORING - WEEK 7

 

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
G2-70C06/0716:1006:00AUS-CAN3-1SydneyViewViewViewView
G2-71E06/0715:0013:00NED-CZE3-0RotterdamViewViewViewView
G1-46A06/0717:0015:00ITA-BRA1-3MilanoViewViewViewView
G2-72E06/0717:0016:00POR-KOR1-3Povoa de VarzimViewViewViewView
G1-47B06/0720:0017:00BUL-RUS0-3SofiaViewViewViewView
G1-48B06/0720:0018:00SRB-USA1-3BeogradViewViewViewView

Standings

Pool A

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1ITAItaly19126624 14124221.0911'0311'0510.981
2IRIIran19126632121323221.0451'0189861.032
3BRABrazil17126622213223240.9581'0751'0571.017
4POLPoland171266231 3321230.9139941'0240.971

Pool B

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1USAUSA2412932341 229201.4501'1141'0451.066
2RUSRussia24127561 31128161.7501'0139501.066
3SRBSerbia20127541211324201.2009979651.033
4BULBulgaria412111  123610350.2868951'0590.845

Pool C

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1BELBelgium25127525 4 129201.4501'1191'0661.050
2CANCanada18126631223125231.0871'0681'0611.007
3FINFinland16126611422224270.8891'1071'1370.974
4AUSAustralia131257 2314221290.7241'1121'1420.974

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
1NEDNetherlands24129332412 31191.6321'1401'0521.084
2PORPortugal19126623122224231.0431'0411'0321.009
3CZECzech Republic15126611413223270.8521'0761'1190.962
4KORKorea14123912 51320290.6901'0861'1400.953

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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