Japan tame Turkey to lead title race in World Grand Prix Finals
Tokyo, Japan, August 21, 2014 – Japan beat Turkey in straight sets here Thursday evening to lead the title race at the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix Finals with two wins in as many matches.
With the 3-0 (25-13, 25-17 and 25-17) victory, the host team improved their head-to-head record against Turkey in the World Grand Prix to 3-3 and extended their winning streak connecting the preliminaries and the final round to six. The triumph was also a perfect birthday gift to Japan coach Manabe Masayoshi, who was turning 51 on Thursday.
After two rounds of play in the six-team round robin tournament, Japan remained as the only unbeaten team to lead the standings with six points, followed by defending champions Brazil (4), Russia (3) and China (3).
Nine-time title World Grand Prix winners Brazil recovered soon enough from an upset opening 3-2 loss against Turkey to beat China in straight sets 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-21) for their first victory in Tokyo. Jaqueline Carvalho and Ferndando Rodrigues scored 15 points each as Brazil collected their 11th consecutive win over the Chinese women in World Grand Prix competitions.
Earlier on Thursday, European champions Russia also reaped their first victory in the six-team round robin final round by sweeping World Grand Prix debutants Belgium 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-19). Natalia Malykh scored game high 18 points for Russia, who outblocked Belgium 15-5. The Belgian women have yet to record a win in the elite women’s volleyball tournament.
Japan will play on Friday against Asian arch-rivals China while Turkey take on Russia and Belgium clash with Brazil.
Russia beat Belgium for first win in Finals
Russia started the second day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals in Tokyo with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-19) win over Belgium at Ariake Coliseum on Thursday. With the straight set victory, Russia improved to an 1-1 win-loss record while Belgium slipped to 0-2. Russia's Natalia Malykh was the top scorer in the match with 18 points while Belgium were led by Lise Van Hecke with 15 points. Russia had 15 blocking points to Belgium’s five. More
Making fewer mistakes was the key to our win: Russia captain
Russia started the second day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals in Tokyo with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-19) win over Belgium at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Thursday. Russia’s captain and coach said making fewer mistakes was the key. Russia captain Ekaterina Kosianenko said: “After losing yesterday’s game, it was most important for us to concentrate on the game today and not make so many mistakes.” More
Brazil overcome China in three sets in Tokyo
Brazil recovered from their first-day loss to Turkey to beat China 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-21) on the second day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Thursday. Jaqueline Carvalho and Ferndando Rodrigues were the top scorers in the match with 15 points each. Liu Xiaotong led China with 13 points followed by captain Zeng Chunlei. Brazil had eight blocking points to China’s four and led 4-3 in serving. Brazil have now won each of their last 11 encounters against China in the competition, dating back to a 3-2 defeat in China in June 2008. The last time China recorded a World Grand Prix victory against Brazil in a match outside China was in July 2005 in Sendai, Japan. More
We are good at recovering in a short time: Ze Roberto
Brazil recovered from their first-day loss to Turkey to beat China 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-21) on the second day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Thursday. Brazil’s coach and captain were pleased with their improved performance. Guimaraes said:” I think we were able to show a good game in different aspects today, especially our serving and pass work, which were better than yesterday. Brazil is an experienced team and I think we are very good at recovering in a small amount of time, which we especially need in this tournament as we don’t have enough time in between matches and no practice time.” More
Japan beat Turkey for second straight win in Finals
Japan won their second straight match in the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals on Thursday, beating Turkey 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25) at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Thursday and giving coach Masayoshi Manabe a happy 51st birthday. Saori Kimura and Yuki Ishii led Japan with 14 points each while Turkey’s top scorer was Neriman Ozsoy with 11 points. Japan have now won six in a row in the World Grand Prix, their longest winning streak in the competition since posting seven successive victories in 2012-2013. More
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Week 5: China v Belgium, 25-27 (August 20)
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Week 5: Turkey v Brazil (August 20) (25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 19-25, 15-12) – 208 points