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Brazil and Italy book semifinal spots on World League Finals Day Two

 
Russia's top scorer with 18 points Nikolay Pavlov spikes into the Brazilian block of Lucas and Wallace
Florence, Italy, July 17, 2014 – Nine time champions Brazil booked a FIVB Volleyball World League Group 1 Finals semifinal spot after their first match in Florence after recording an impressive 3-1 (26-24, 22-25, 25-23, 25-22) win over defending champions Russia in the opening game on Thursday.

In a repeat of last year’s final, the world No. 1 were too strong and too quick, with Wallace to the fore with 23 points, for a surprisingly lethargic Russia, who had beaten Iran in five sets on the previous day. Russia coach Andrey Voronkov pointed to Wednesday's 3-2 (18-25, 25-18, 25-21, 35-37, 15-8) victory as the reason why his players didn't bounce back against Brazil. The Olympic champions are now in serious danger of not advancing from Pool I with Iran just needing a point against Brazil on Friday to be World League semifinalists for the first time.

The second match of the day saw USA beat Australia 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-19), the result securing the non-playing Italy a semifinal spot. No matter what the result of Friday’s match against Australia, Italy will progress. The question is, who of USA and Australia will join them from Pool H.

Key points:

•    Brazil are nine time champions, Italy eight.

•    Iran and Australia are making their World League Finals debuts.

•    Brazil broke a four game losing streak against Russia.

•    Brazil have reached the final in four of the last five FIVB World League Finals.

LIVE SCORING - WEEK 9 / FINALS

 

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Standings

Pool H - Final round

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1ITAItaly311 1     3 MAX76671.134
2USAUSA3211 1   1340.7501641611.019
3AUSAustralia 1 1    1 130.33385970.876

Pool I - Final round

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1BRABrazil311  1    313.00098941.043
2RUSRussia2211  1 1 450.8002122071.024
3IRIIran11 1   1  230.6671091180.924

•    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)
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•    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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