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Japan, Brazil set up title showdown in World Grand Prix

 
Brazil's Rodrigues Fernanda spikes against Russia.

Tokyo, Japan, August 23, 2014 – The host Japan and nine-time title winners Brazil collected respective victories at Ariake Collesium here on Saturday to set up a title showdown in the final round of the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix Finals on Sunday.

 

With a 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 25-15) victory over World Grand Prix Finals debutants Belgium, their fourth win in a row in the six-team round robin play, Japan has secured a top two finish with 12 points from four matches. The Japanese women, whose previous best finish in the World Grand Prix were fourth in 1994, 1997 and 2013, need only to win two sets against Brazil on Sunday to be crowned for the fist time in the annual women’s volleyball tournament.

 

Japan have now won eight matches in a row connecting the preliminary rounds and the Finals and it was the longest winning streak of them in the World Grand Prix.

 

Defending champions Brazil kept alive their chance of winning a record tenth World Grand Prix title by sweeping Russia 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-20). Following an opening full set loss to Turkey, Brazil have collected three consecutive 3-0 wins for a second place on the standings with 10 points. The last round clash between Japan and Brazil, which is scheduled for Sunday evening, will decide the winners of the 2014 FIVB Grand Prix.

 

2003 World Grand Prix winners China snapped their two-game losing streak with a hard-fought 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 22-25, 25-23, 21-19) victory over Turkey and improved to a 2-2 win-loss record. Playing to full sets for the third time in the last four matches, Turkey had to swallow their third loss in a row although Ozsoy Neriman notched game high 36 points.

 

China will clash Russia in the last round of the round robin tournament on Sunday with Belgium to play Turkey for their first win in the Finals.

 

 

China come back to win five-set thriller against Turkey

 

China beat Turkey 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 22-25, 25-23, 21-19) on the fourth day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Saturday. Neriman Ozsoy was the top scorer in the match with 36 points while Liu Xiaotong led China with 26. Yuan Xinyue scored all six of China's service points. China improved their win-loss record to 2-2 while Turkey dropped to 1-3. It was Turkey’s third five-set match out of four in the Final and it’s the first time Turkey have lost three consecutive World Grand Prix matches since 2008. More

 

It was an amazing match: China coach Lang Ping

 

China beat Turkey 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 22-25, 25-23, 21-19) on the fourth day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Saturday. Both coaches were impressed with the match. China coach Lang Ping said:” It was a very good experience for our team, especially the young players. We were able to play a high-level match and show a high level of volleyball to the audience. It was amazing. I want to use this experience for the future, especially for the younger players.More

 

Brazil raise record to 3-1 with victory over Russia

 

Brazil defeated Russia 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-21) on the fourth day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Saturday. Brazil improved to 3-1 while Russia slipped to 2-2. Fabiana Claudino was the top scorer for Brazil with 17 points while Tatiana Kosheleva led Russia with 18 points. Brazil outscored Russia in blocking points 16-8, with Thaisa Menezes getting six. Brazil have won eight of their last nine Finals matches in straight sets. More

 

I'm happy we can still win the tournament: Ze Roberto

 

Brazil defeated Russia 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-21) on the fourth day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Saturday. Brazil coach Ze Roberto was please to stay in with a chance of winning the tournament. Ze Roberto said:” Overall it was an excellent game and I’m satisfied with the result and the fact that we’re still in with a chance of the gold medal. If we hadn’t won 3-0 or 3-1, we wouldn’t have been able to do it. So, overall I’m happy with the result of the match.More

Japan beat Belgium in three sets; gunning for gold

Japan beat Belgium 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 25-15) on the fourth day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Saturday. Yukiko Ebata led Japan with 11 points, followed by Saori Kimura and Risa Shinnabe with 10 each. Belgium were led by Lise Van Hecke with 15 points. Japan had five service points to Belgium’s one. Japan have appeared in all 22 editions of the World Grand Prix but have never finished in the top three. But they are guaranteed silver or gold in this tournament. Their previous best finish was fourth place in 1994, 1997 and 2013. 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)
3
6Ozsoy Neriman of Turkey v China (August 23)

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)

 

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
6Yuan Xinyue (China) v Turkey (August 23)

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: 36Ozsoy Neriman of Turkey v China (August 23)

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 China (August 23) (22-25, 25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 19-21) – 225 points

 

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