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Brazil and USA book World League final date

 
Brazil will have the chance to add to their record World League medal tally of 17 (nine gold, four silver and four bronze).
Florence, Italy, July 19, 2014 – World champions Brazil marched into the final of the FIVB Volleyball World League 2014 on the back of an outstanding 3-0 (25-11, 25-23, 25-20) win over hosts Italy in the second semifinal on Saturday. They will play USA, who comfortably beat Iran in the first semifinal 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-16), in Sunday’s final.

With Italy missing the injured Jiri Kovar and Brazil welcoming back Murilo, the match between the two most successful teams in World League history, saw world No. 1 Brazil outplay, outpower and outpoint Italy, ranked third in the world, in what was billed prior to the game, as a good litmus test for the home side. Middle blocker Lucas lead the way with a tremendous match at the net while Italy’s usual “go-to-guy” Ivan Zaytsev couldn’t buy a point at the start of the game – not scoring his first until the second set before eventually finishing with nine. Lucas’ 11 points supported the incredibly effective Lucarelli who top scored with 13. Simone Buti was Italy’s best with 10 points.

Meanwhile, in the first ever World League match between USA and Iran, Taylor Sander’s 17 points was part of an impressive win for the 2008 champions, who reached their third World League final after beating Iran, who were participating in their first ever World League Finals.

Key points
•   Brazil play USA in the final at 20:30 on Sunday
•   Italy take on Iran in the bronze medal match at 17:30
•   Third time USA have reached a World League final. USA won the World League in 2008 and came second in 2012
•   Brazil now edge ahead in the overall World League win tally against Italy 15-14
•   USA and Iran met for the first time in the World League
•   Brazil most successful World League nation with 17 medals (nine gold, four silver and four bronze). Italy and Russia are the next best with 14 each – Italy (eight gold, three silver and three bronze), Russia (three gold, five silver and six bronze). USA have four medals (one gold, one silver and two bronze).
•   Last time Brazil and USA met in a final was at the 2008
•   Brazil’s last title was in 2010 after finishing second in 2011 and 2013
•   World League winner takes home $1m in prize money

LIVE SCORING - WEEK 9 / FINALS

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G1-49I16/0717:3015:30IRI-RUS2-3FlorenceViewViewViewView
G1-50H16/0720:4518:30ITA-USA3-0FlorenceViewViewViewView
G1-51I17/0717:3015:30RUS-BRA1-3FlorenceViewViewViewView
G1-52H17/0720:3018:30USA-AUS3-1FlorenceViewViewViewView
G1-53I18/0717:3015:30BRA-IRI1-3FlorenceViewViewViewView
G1-54H18/0720:3018:30AUS-ITA0-3FlorenceViewViewViewView
G1-55SF-GR119/0717:3015:30IRI-USA0-3FlorenceViewViewViewView
G1-56SF-GR119/0720:3018:30ITA-BRA0-3FlorenceViewViewViewView
G1-57Finals20/0717:3015:30IRI-ITAViewFlorence


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Standings

Pool H - Final round

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1ITAItaly622 2     6 MAX1511241.218
2USAUSA3211 1   1340.7501641611.019
3AUSAustralia 2 2    11160.1671421720.826

Pool I - Final round

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1IRIIran4211 1 1  541.2502102091.005
2BRABrazil3211 1  1 441.0001891950.969
3RUSRussia2211  1 1 450.8002122071.024

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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