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Japan tame Turkey to lead title race in World Grand Prix Finals

 
Great team defense help Japan prevail against Turkey
 

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

 

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)
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: 23Sonsirma Gozde of Turkey v Brazil (August 20)

             23
Helene Rousseaux of Belgium v China (August 20)
             23 - Tatiana Kosheleva of Russia v Japan (August 20)

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)

 

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 Brazil (August 20) (25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 19-25, 15-12) – 208 points

 

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