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Italy v Netherlands tops bills on Day Two in Japan

The fans que up for FIVB Women's World Championship action on Saturday despite the weather with Typhoon Chaba, which means hibiscus in Thai, fast approaching the eastern shores of Japan
Tokyo, Japan, October 30, 2010 – Day two of the FIVB Women’s World Championship starts at 12:30 (local time) on Saturday with the Netherlands taking on Italy in Hamamatsu at 18:00 and Cuba up against Germany in Matsumoto at the same time in two of the key match ups across the 12 matches.

The FIVB Women’s World Championship involves 24 teams and is played from October 29 until November 14 encompassing five cities across first and second rounds, semifinals and finals. The top four teams in the four first round pools will advance to the second round before the top six teams in the each of the two pools will advance to the semifinals.

Pool A in Tokyo
Costa Rica (31) v Algeria (14) at 12:30
Another historic meeting will start proceedings on day two of the FIVB Women’s World Championship Japan 2010 with Costa Rica taking on Algeria for the first time ever in an FIVB competition. Both teams are coming off defeats on the opening day with Algeria losing to Peru and Costa Rica going down to Serbia both in straight sets. With the top four teams in the group advancing to the second round this match shapes as a crucial one for the future prospects of either side.
Serbia (9) v Poland (8) at 15:00
The second match of the day in Tokyo features a fascinating match up between Serbia and Poland with the 2006 bronze medalists Serbia beating Poland 3-2 the last time the two teams played each other at the 2007 World Cup. Serbia recorded a solid win over Costa Rica on Friday while Poland will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing 3-2 defeat at the hands of Japan after leading 2-0.
Japan (5) v Peru (17) at 18:45
After Friday’s superb 3-2 win over Poland, Japan’s confidence will be high as they look to record their 16th victory in 19 matches against Peru in the last match of Pool A in Tokyo on Saturday. Peru will be looking for their second win having beaten Algeria in the opening match of the tournament. The last time the two teams played, Japan won 3-1 at the 2007 World Cup.

Pool B in Hamamatsu
Czech Republic (38) v Brazil (1) at 13:00
The Czech Republic and Brazil will play each other for the first time in an FIVB competition when the two teams meetin the opening match of Pool B on Saturday. The Czech Republic are coming off a straight sets defeat at the hands of the Netherlands while Brazil will be looking to build on their 3-0 win over Kenya on Friday.
Kenya (35) v Puerto Rico (13) at 15:30
Both sides will be looking for their first win of the competition when they play each other in the second match in Hamamatsu. Kenya lost in straight sets to Olympic champions Brazil while Puerto Rico went down to the Netherlands in similar fashion. The teams have only met once before with Puerto Rico winning 3-1 during the 2002 World Championships in Germany.
Netherlands (10) v Italy (4) at 18:00
The two teams have played each other 29 times with the Netherlands just leading the ledger 15:14. However, Italy gained the honours the last time the two teams met winning in straight sets during the 2010 World Grand Prix preliminaries and have won four of the last five match dating back to 2005. The European and World Grand Champions Cup champions will start favourites but the Netherlands should not be underestimated. After both sides recorded straight sets victories on the opening day, any change to gain an early ascendency in the group for both teams would be most welcome.
Pool C in Matsumoto
USA (2) v Croatia (45) at 13:30
World Grand Prix champions USA will be looking to extend their winning run of 12 matches when they take on Croatia in the first match in Matsumoto. USA’s 3-1 win over Thailand on Friday followed 11 successive wins on their way to the 2010 World Grand Prix title however their head to head record against Croatia, who pulled off a surprise straight sets win over Cuba on day one, isn’t in their favour. The two teams have played three times with USA winning the last encounter at the 2000 Olympic Games in straight sets however Croatia won the first two matches at the 1995 and 1999 World Cups.
Thailand (12) v Kazakhstan (16) at 15:30
Another interesting match up between two Asian sides who have played once previously in an FIVB competition with Kazakhstan winning 3-2 in the 2008 World Grand Prix preliminaries. Thailand have the slightly greater experience and despite losing 3-1 to USA on day one, the Asian champions should be expected to carry out victory against a team who also lost on the opening day (to Germany).
Cuba (6) v Germany (15) at 18:00
A wounded Cuba side will be dangerous after losing to Croatia in straight sets on Friday and they have a proud record to keep against a German side who registered an impressive straight sets win over Kazakhstan on day one. Cuba have won 12 of the 14 matches between the two countries however Germany seem to step up for the big occasions have registered one of their two victories at the 2004 Athens OIympic Games.

Pool D in Osaka
Russia (7) v Turkey(22) at 13:00
Turkey will be looking to follow up on their sensational 3-1 win over two-time champions China on Friday when they take on defending champions Russia who they have beaten once in three encounters since 1991. All three matches have been during European Championships with the scoreline on each occasion 3-0. Turkey won the first in 2003 followed by Russia wins in 2005 and 2007. Russia’s 3-1 win over the Dominican Republic on Friday was impressive so they shape as a good litmus test for the improving Turkish side.
Dominican Republic (11) v Korea (21) at 15:30
Korea’s impressive straight sets win over Cuba on Friday sets them up for a key match against the Dominican Republic who lost to Russia on the first day. Korea has beaten the Dominican Republic four times out of six matches however the Dominican Republic won the last time the two teams met, winning in straight sets during the 2009 World Grand Champions Cup in Fukuoka.
China (3) v Canada (24) at 18:00
Two time champions China will be out to reclaim some pride after their surprise 3-1 loss to Turkey on Friday against a country they have never lost to in their three previous matches including a 3-2 win at the 2002 World Championships.

* Numbers in brackets denote world rankings

Pool Standings
Pool A (Tokyo): Peru 2, Serbia 2, Japan 2, Poland 1, Costa Rica 1, Algeria 1
Pool B (Hamamatsu): Brazil 2, Italy 2, Netherlands 2, Czech Republic 1, Puerto Rico 1, Kenya 1
Pool C (Matsumoto): Germany 2, USA 2, Croatia 2, Cuba 1, Thailand 1, Kazakhstan 1
Pool D (Osaka): Russia 2, Korea 2, Turkey 2, China 1, Canada 1, Dominican Republic 1

Highest Score by Day
Day 1 (1st Rd): 28 points by Destinee Hooker (USA) in USA’s 3-1 win over Thailand in Matsumoto

Highest Set Score
** New Women’s World Championship record 34-32 (CRO v CUB in Pool C) played on October 29 (Day 1) in Matsumoto.

Highest Scoring Match
220 (POL v JPN in 1st Round) 2-3 (28-26, 25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 12-15) played on October 29 in Tokyo

Tournament Top Scorers
28 Destinee Hooker (USA)
26 Neslihan Darnel (TUR)
25 Saori Kimura (JPN)
24 Joanna Kaczor (POL)
21 Manon Flier (NED)
21 Anna Werblinska (POL)

Birthdays on October 30
Anna Kallistova (CZE) turns 28
Margareta Kozuch (GER) turns 24

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