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Japan march towards first World Grand Prix medal with third straight win

 
Kimura Saori contributed 16 kills for Japan.

Tokyo, Japan, August 22, 2014 – Hosts Japan marched towards their first ever World Grand Prix medal as they beat China in straight sets here Friday evening for their third straight win in the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix Finals.

 

With the 25-21, 25-17 and 25-21 victory, the host team improved their head-to-head record against China in the World Grand Prix to 3-20 and extended their winning streak connecting the preliminaries and the final round to seven, tying their longest winning streak in the World Grand Prix. The Japanese team has won seven in a row in 1994 and repeated the feat from 2012 to 2013.

 

The Asian volleyblal powerhouse now led the standings with nine points from three wins. Having produced their previous best result at the World Grand Prix last year by coming in fourth, Japan needed just one more point to secure a podium finish.

 

Defending champions Brazil were still in contention for their 10th World Grand Prix title after sweeping Finals debutants Belgium 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-12) for their second straight victory following an opening 3-2 loss to Turkey on Wednesday. The Belgian women, who have qualified for the final round of Group 1 as the winners from Group 2, were at the bottom of the standings with three losses in a row.

 

Earlier on Friday, European champions Russia beat off a strong surge from Turkey before winning a five set thriller (25-22, 26-24, 13-25, 25-27, 15-12) to imoprove to a 2-1 win-loss record while the Turkish side slipped to 1-2.

 

The World Grand Prix Finals will enter the fourth day on Saturday with Turkey playing China, Russia taking on Brazil and Japan clashing with Belgium.

 

 

Russia win marathon match against Turkey

 

Russia beat Turkey 3-2 (25-22, 26-24, 13-25, 25-27, 15-12) on the third day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Friday. Russia improved to a 2-1 win-loss record while Turkey fell to 1-2. Gozde Sonsirma was the top scorer in the match with 29 points and Russia were led by Tatiana Kosheleva with 26 points. It was their third meeting in the World Grand Prix, with all three matches taking place this season. Turkey won the first 3-2 and Russia the second 3-1. Russia have won five of their last six World Grand Prix matches. More

 

Turkey's defence made it difficult for us: Marichev

Russia beat Turkey 3-2 (25-22, 26-24, 13-25, 25-27, 15-12) on the third day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Friday in a match with many challenges. Russia coach Yury Marichev said:”Today was a very interesting match and in the end we were able to win in the fifth set. But we made many mistakes in attack and I think Turkey made good preparation to counter our strong points, our wing spikers. They prevented us from making more successful attacks.” More

 

Brazil breeze past Belgium in three sets

 

Brazil breezed past Belgium 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-12) on the third day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Friday. Thaisa Menezes was the top scorer in the match with 13 points, including seven aces. Lise Van Hecke led Belgium with nine points. Brazil made only six errors to Belgium's 22. Brazil had eight service points to Belgium's none. Brazil have recorded two wins in a row following an opening 3-2 loss to Turkey while World Grand Prix Finals debutants Belgium have lost all three matches so far in Tokyo. More

There was no way we could score against Brazil: Belgium coach

Brazil breezed past Belgium 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-12) on the third day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Friday. Belgium coach Gert Vande Broek said:” It’s not surprising losing 3-0 to Brazil – but for the way they played today. Tactically, they were excellent. They gave us no opportunity in receiving and in attacking, so there was almost no way to score against them. Everyone can see they are great champions. It’s actually very good to lose this way to learn from these matches. What Brazil did today was a good example in coaching and tactics.” More

Japan beat China to maintain 100 per cent record

Japan beat China 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-21) on the third day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Friday to maintain a 100 per cent record in the competition. Miyu Nagaoka and Saori Kimura were the top scorers for Japan while Zeng Chunlei led China, also with 16 points. Japan had seven service points to China’s one. China had won 20 of the previous 22 encounters with Japan in the World Grand Prix. Japan are the opponents that China have defeated most often in the World Grand Prix. China have lost four of their last five World Grand Prix matches. Japan have won their last seven World Grand Prix matches, equalling the team record in the competition. Japan won seven in a row in 1994 and matched that achievement from 2012 to 2013. More

 

Nagaoka was impressive today: Japan coach Manabe

 

Japan beat China 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-21) on the third day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Friday to maintain a 100 per cent record in the competition. Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe said:” China have a very high block but our reception was good and our attackers were able to hit well between their blocks, and from the second half of the match our serves were very effective. I’ve been trying to improve our serving for several years, but it’s not about how many we practice, it’s about whether or not you can hit a good serve under pressure.” More

 

Performance Leaders

Top Scoring Performances
41 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Russia (August 10)
41 – Lise Van Hecke of Belgium v The Netherlands (August 16)
37 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Japan (August 16)
30 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Serbia (August 17)

29Sonsirma Gozde of Turkey v Russia (August 22)

29 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v China (August 15)
29 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Thailand (August 1)
28 – Katarzyna Zarolinska of Poland v Peru (August 3)
28 – Lise Van Hecke of Belgium v Netherlands (August 2)
27 – Katarzyna Zaroslinkska of Poland v Peru (July 27)
27 – Aneta Havlickova of Czech Republic v Croatia (August 16)

 

Top Blocking Performances
10 – Kubra Akman of Turkey v Germany (August 15)
9 – Foluke Akinradewo of USA v Thailand (August 16)
9 – Veronika Trnkova of Czech Republic v Australia (July 26)
8 – Thaisa Menezes of Brazil v Korea (August 8)
8 – Kataraina Osadchuk of Australia v Kenya (August 3)
8 – Maja Poljak of Croatia v Czech Republic (August 16)

Top Blocking Performances by Team
21 – China v Serbia (August 16)
21 – Turkey v Germany (August 15)
21 – Serbia v Thailand (August 2)
20 – Cuba v Peru (August 9)
20 – China v Thailand (August 8)
19 – USA v Thailand (August 16)
19 – USA v Japan (August 3)
19 – Russia v Japan (August 2)
19 – Czech Republic v Kazakhstan (July 27)

Top Serving Performances
6 – Claudia Lizbeth Resendiz Lopez (Mexico) v Algeria (August 3)
6 – Kim Yeon-Koung (Korea) v Serbia (August 17)
5 – Elitsa Vasileva (Bulgaria) v Kazakhstan (August 16)
5 – Lora Kitipova (Bulgaria) v Kazakhstan (August 16)
5 – Kim Yeon-Koung (Korea) v Germany (August 2)
5 – Kim Yeon-Koung (Korea) v Thailand (August 1)
5 – Joanna Wolosz (Poland) v Canada (July 26)
4 –
Toksoy Guidetti Bahar (Turkey) v Brazil (August 20)

4 – Frauke Dirickx (Belgium) v The Netherlands (August 16)

4 – Ismailoglu Meliha (Turkey) v Russia (August 16)
4 – Zeng Chunlei (China) v Italy (August 10)
4 – Alexandra Munoz (Peru) v Cuba (August 9)
4 – Mareen Apitz (Gerany) v Serbia (August 8)
4 – Rachel Rourke (Australia) v Croatia (August 2)
4 – Judith Pietersen (Netherlands) v Argentina (August 1)
4 – Kelly Murphy (USA) v Russia (August 1)
4 – Teresa Vanzurova (Czech Republic) v Croatia (July 25)
4 – Andrea Urrutia (Peru) v Canada (July 25)

 

Top Serving Performances by Team
15 – Belgium v The Netherlands (August 16)

14 – Bulgaria v Kazakhstan (August 16)

12 – Turkey v Brazil (August 20)

12 – Korea v Serbia (August 17)

12 – Peru v Canada (July 25)


Highest Scorer by Round
Week 1: 27 – Katarzyna Zaroslinkska of Poland v Peru (July 27)
Week 2: 29 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Thailand (August 1)
Week 3: 41 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Russia (August 10)
Week 4: 41 – Lise Van Hecke of Belgium v The Netherlands (August 16)
Week
5: 29Sonsirma Gozde of Turkey v Russia (August 22)

Highest Set Score
Week 1: Croatia v Czech Republic, 30-32 (July 25)
Week 2: Turkey v Japan, 29-27 (August 1); Belgium v Netherlands, 29-27 (August 2); USA v Turkey, 29-27 (August 2); Mexico v Algeria, 29-27 (August 3)
Week 3: Germany v Serbia, 30-28 (August 8); Cuba v Peru, 30-28 (August 9); Cuba v Argentina, 30-28 (August 10)
Week 4: Germany v Turkey, 36-34 (August 15)
Week
5: China v Belgium, 25-27 (August 20)

         Turkey v Russia, 27-25 (August 22)

 

Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Bulgaria v Kenya (July 26) (25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 24-26, 15-12) – 220 points
Week 2: Turkey v USA (August 2) (25-21, 27-29, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12) – 220 points; Canada v Argentina (August 2) (23-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22, 15-13) – 220 points
Week 3: Peru v Cuba (August 9) (27-25, 28-30, 25-23, 22-25, 15-13) – 233 points
Week 4: Serbia v China (August 16) (26-26, 28-26, 21-25, 25-20, 17-15) – 227 points
Week
5: Turkey v Russia (August 22) (22-25, 24-26, 25-13, 27-25, 12-15) – 214 points

 

 

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