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Italy and Russia record wins as World League Finals begin

 
Taylor Sander of USA spikes against Piano and Zaytsev
Florence, Italy, July 16, 2014 - The FIVB World League finals got underway with two great games at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence on Wednesday. 

Russia beat Iran 3-2 (18-25, 25-18, 25-21, 35-37, 15-8), but it was far from comfortable for the title holders as Iran battled right to the end of the match. In front of a huge number of Iran supporters, the World League finals debutants won a thrilling fourth set to take the match into a decider.

Despite the defeat, Iran have a point, and the pool remains wide open. Should Brazil defeat the Russians and Iran get a result against Brazil in the game on Friday, Slobodan Kovac’s side could still qualify for the semi final. 

Russia face Brazil in their next match on Thursday at 17:30. Iran faces Brazil on Friday at 17:30.

In the evening game, Italy beat USA in straight sets (25-22, 25-21, 26-24). With Ivan Zaytsev dominant, scoring 21 points in total, the first two sets were fairly simple for Italy. In the third, USA got six points ahead, but Italy’s all round excellence and Zaytsev’s serves got them back in the match. They finally won the set 26-24, and the match.

USA must bounce back immediately, as they face Australia at 20:30 on Thursday, while Italy play the Volleyoos at 20:30 on Friday.

Key points

•    Russia have won all three of their clashes with Iran, but have never before been taken to three sets by them.

•    Iran have won only three of eight matches that have gone to five sets

•    Iran have now lost three World League matches in a row 

•    Russia have now won eight matches in nine, six in straight sets

•    This was Russia’s first win in five sets this season. They had lost their last four five setters in a row

•    Italy edged ahead of USA in their head-to-head tally: they have now won 12 meetings to the USA’s 11

•    Italy have beaten USA in both their prior World League Finals meetings: in 1992 and in 2000. Both times, Italy went on to win the competition.

LIVE SCORING - WEEK 9 / FINALS

 

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G1-50H16/0720:4518:30ITA-USA3-0FlorenceViewViewView
G1-51I17/0717:3015:30RUS-BRAViewFlorenceView
G1-52H17/0720:3018:30USA-AUSViewFlorenceView
G1-53I18/0717:3015:30BRA-IRIViewFlorenceView
G1-54H18/0720:3018:30AUS-ITAViewFlorenceView


Standings

Pool H - Final round

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1ITAItaly311 1     3 MAX76671.134
2USAUSA 1 1     1 3 67760.882
3AUSAustralia                

Pool I - Final round

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1RUSRussia211   1   321.5001181091.083
2IRIIran11 1   1  230.6671091180.924
3BRABrazil

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)
30 - Amir Ghafour of Iran v Russia (July 16 World League Group 1 Finals)
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)
6 – Aidan Zingel of Australia v France (July 12 - Group 2 gold medal match)

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)
Week 8: 26 - Edgar Thomas of Australia v the Netherlands (July 11)
Week 9: 30 - Amir Ghafour of Iran v Russia (July 16)

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
Week 8: Australia v the Netherlands (July 11) 27-25
Week 9: Russia v Iran (July 16) 37-35

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
Week 8: France v Australia (July 12) (25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 16-14) - 217 points
Week 9: Russia v Iran (July 16) (18-25, 25-18, 25-21, 35-37, 15-8) - 227 points




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