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Italy topple Dutch, Brazil edge Czechs on day two of FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2010

Manon Flier, the Netherlands' captain, on her way to an FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2010 record haul of 35 points however the 2009 Grand Champions Cup winners Italy won the crucial clash in Hamamatsu on Saturday in five sets
Tokyo, Japan, October 30, 2010 – Hamamatsu was the place to be on Saturday as a mammoth 35-point haul - a tournament record - from the Netherlands skipper Manon Flier couldn’t stop her side from going down 3-2 (18-25, 25-21, 25-23, 26-28, 15-12) at the hands of 2002 world champions Italy in a fantastic five set encounter preceded by an amazing 27 points from Sheilla, which helped Olympic champions Brazil fight back from behind twice in their Pool B clash against the Czech Republic to win 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 15-9) on day two of the FIVB Women’s World Championship Japan 2010.

Other key results saw defending champions Russia beat Turkey 3-1 (25-27, 25-22, 25-11, 25-17), World Grand Prix title holders USA sweep Croatia 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-23), China rebound from their day one defeat to beat Canada 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-10), Germany hand Cuba their second loss 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-23), Thailand beat Kazakhstan 3-1 (25-16, 25-18, 20-25, 25-16), Costa Rica overcome Algeria 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-10), Serbia topple Poland 3-1 (19-25, 27-25, 26-24, 25-22), Japan outlast Peru 3-1 (25-15, 25-17, 22-25, 25-14), Puerto Rico defeat Kenya 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-19) and Korea beat the Dominican Republic 3-0 (29-27, 25-23, 25-20).

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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 beat Algeria 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-10)
Costa Rica rebounded from a first-day loss to Serbia with a straight-sets win over Algeria in Saturday's opening Pool A match at Yoyogi Stadium. It was the first meeting between the two countries in an FIVB competition and produced Algeria's second loss of the tournament from as many matches. The north African side must now regroup ahead of a tough-looking fixture against hosts Japan on Sunday. Costa Rica's Angela Willis led her team's scoring with 15 points, supported by younger sister and captain Verania Willis who notched 13. Algeria's Faiza Tsabet was the top scorer for her team for the second straight day chalking up 11 points. “I think it was a hard match,” Costa Rica’s Karen Cope said. “Blocking was good, and our digging got better, and I think that’s what helped us win the match.”
Serbia beat Poland 3-1 (19-25, 27-25, 26-24, 25-22)
Serbia continued their magnificent start to the FIVB Women’s World Championships Japan 2010 with a hard-fought come-from-behind win over Poland in Tokyo on Saturday. The bronze medalists from four years ago, ranked ninth in the world,  have been in superb form registering their second win from as many matches while Poland, the world No. 8, suffered their second defeat on the back of a marathon loss against Japan on Friday. Serbia was led by the captain Jelena Nikolic with 19 points, while Anna Werblinska led Poland for the second straight day with 17. “It’s always a pleasure to win against Poland,” Serbia captain Jelena Nikolic said. “It’s always hard to play against them. We continued to play even after the we lost the first set. I’m so proud of my team, especially our young players. They showed they can take responsibility in difficult moments of the match.”
Japan beat Peru 3-1 (25-15, 25-17, 22-25, 25-14)
Japan, coming off stunning comeback five-set win against Poland yesterday, recorded their 16th victory in 19 matches against Peru with a tough four-setter. Peru were fired up with scores of loud countrymen in attendance, but hometown Japan left them disappointed. Leading the way for Japan on the day again was Saori Kimura with 23, while Jessenia Uceda and Patricia Soto both had 14 for Peru. “The result is fine, but our performance is not as it should be,” Japan’s Saori said. “If we continue like this maybe we’ll face a very serious situation in later stages in the tournament.”

Pool B in Hamamatsu
Brazil beat the Czech Republic 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 15-9)
In a mirror of the FIVB Men’s World Championship Italy 2010 third round match where Brazil came from behind to beat the Czech Republic in five sets, Brazil’s female counterparts did exactly the same outlasting the Czech Republic in a thrilling five-set Pool B match in the Hamamatsu Arena. After two hard-fought sets with several lead changes, the surprising Czechs found gaps deep in the Brazilian defense at crucial junctures to win the third set. But backed by an infectious samba band, boisterous crowd and Sheilla’s 27 points, Brazil survived a tough fourth set and stormed home to win the fifth set by six points and the match, which was the first encounter between the two countries in an FIVB competition. “Brazil is now becoming a better team,” Brazil captain Fabiana said. “For the first set defeat, we made more mistakes than we expected. We need to raise our level, in terms of blocking, serving and defending.”
Puerto Rico beat Kenya 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-19)
Puerto Rico cruised past an enthusiastic Kenya squad in straight sets to win their first match of the preliminary round of Pool B. With both teams hungry for their first wins, the match was spirited early on with a lot of chatter in Swahili and Spanish on court. Kenya had their best chances of the tournament to win a set, and led late in the second before luck turned against them. The awesome topspin serving of Aurea Cruz and the strength of Karina Ocasio and others powered Puerto Rico to their first win of Pool B to maintain hope of qualifying for the next round. “We needed this victory to move closer to advancing to the second round,” Puerto Rico coach Carlos Cardona. “I asked my players to concentrate more. We made eight or nine mistakes per set, but then we were able to win. So we have gone ahead one step, but we do need to move forward because our goal is to go even further in the upcoming round.”
Italy beat the Netherlands 3-2 (18-25, 25-21, 25-23, 26-28, 15-12)
Italy, ranked 4th in the world, out-dueled the Netherlands in a grueling five-set match to record their second win from as many matches and their fifth in the last six encounters against the world No. 10. In a high quality tussle lasting more than two hours, the Netherlands showed surprising cohesion for a team with a 20-year old setter, and grabbed a one-set lead from the favored Italians who were world champions in 2002. But Italy’s hustle play created good breaks as they came overcame early deficits in both the second and third sets. The Netherlands fought off two match points and won a dramatic fourth set. But in the decisive fifth, Italy’s superior firepower made just enough difference in a match that either team could have won. The Netherlands’ captain Manon Flier led all scorers with an amazing 35 points while Simona Gioli scored 21 for Italy. “It was a great match, very high level,” the Netherlands coach Avital Selinger said. “You know, coaches are worried about every error. But there were not so many errors. A lot of very tough serving and great defense by both teams. It could have gone either way. Third set, Italy came from behind. Fourth set, we came back from the end. Fifth set it went their way, they made big plays in crucial moments, we didn’t.”

Pool C in Matsumoto
USA beat Croatia 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-23)
The United States continued their magical form winning their 13th match in FIVB competitions in succession dating back to August and the 2010 World Grand Prix preliminaries with a convincing Pool C victory over Croatia in the Matsumoto City Gymnasium. Destinee Hooker once again topped the scoring for USA with 15 points including three blocks while teammate Logan Tom registered four blocks among her 12 tallies. Sanja Popovic recorded 10 points and was the only Croatian with double digits. “I was happy with the team's performance today,” USA coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “I thought that in the fundamental areas we played much better than yesterday and that's important.”
Thailand beat Kazakhstan 3-1 (25-16, 25-18, 20-25, 25-16)
A slick performance by Thailand brought them their first win of the FIVB Women’s World Championship Japan 2010 with a well worked four-set victory over Kazakhstan. Onuma Sittirak paced Thailand with 18 points as one of the four players on the winning side who finished in double figures. Thailand captain Wilavan Apinyapong and Malika Kanthong each registered 14 points and Pleumjit Thinkaow added 13. Captain Inna Matveyeva and Olga Drobyshevskaya were top scorers for Kazakhstan, matching the game high of 18 points. “Today, we're very happy with the win,” Apinyapong said. “We tried hard to get our technique right and follow our game plan.”
Germany beat Cuba 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-23)
Germany, ranked 15th in the world, picked up their second win in Group C by defeating world No. 6 Cuba for only the third time in 15 matches with an impressive victory at Matsumoto City Gymnasium. Margareta Kozuch paced Germany with 15 points including two blocks and two aces, while Corina Sshuske had three blocks among her 12 points. Cuba’s Kenia Carcaces had a match-high 17 points while the up-and-coming Yoana Palacios added 12 for the three-time former champions, who also lost to world No. 45 Croatia on day one. “Cuba have a young group of players,” Germany coach Giovanni Guidetti said. “I think maybe they didn't know so much about Croatia, and maybe they had more respect for us – but only because they know us better. So maybe they approached us differently. Today, we had to make every point; Cuba made some mistakes, but not like yesterday. I think my team deserved to win.”

Pool D in Osaka
Russia beat Turkey 3-1 (25-27, 25-22, 25-11, 25-17)
Defending champions Russia stormed to a four-set victory over Turkey, bouncing back after losing the opening set at Osaka Municipal City Gymnasium. It was the second day in a row that Russia had rallied to win after they beat the Dominican Republic in four sets on Friday in the same fashion. The loss left Turkey's FIVB Women's World Championship Pool D record at 1-1. Ekaterina Gamova was particularly impressive for Russia, displaying both power and finesse in her all-around game as she led the scoring with 25 points (21 on attack). Tatiana Kosheleva added 17 points. Neslihan Darnel was the top scorer for Turkey with 25 (20 on attack) but her team's hopes were undermined by their 24 errors to Russia's 17. “I am very happy with the result today,” Russia coach Vladimir Kuzyutkin.”I was worried about Turkey's big victory last night (over China). We were able to stop their momentum and that was important.”
Korea beat the Dominican Republic 3-0 (29-27, 25-23, 25-20)
Korea improved to two wins from two with a straight sets victory over the Dominican Republic in the Osaka Municipal City Gymnasium on Saturday, improving their record against the Caribbean side to five wins in the past seven matches. Korea, ranked 21st in the world, was the presumed underdog against the 11th-ranked Dominicans, but sure didn't play like it. The Koreans, led by super scorer Yeon-Koung Kim, again displayed good organization and teamwork. Kim led her country with 25 points (23 on attack). Hyo-Jin Yang added 10 points (six on blocks) for Korea. Prisilla Rivera paced the Dominican Republic, who lost to Russia on day one, with 21 points. Korea took advantage of 22 errors by their opponents, while committing just 12 of their own. “I'm happy with our performance,” Korea captain Sa-Nee Kim said. “Yeon-Koung had the spirit to lead the team to victory.”
China beat Canada 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-10)
China, ranked third in the world, bounced back in style from their shock defeat to Turkey on Friday by defeating Canada in straight sets to extend their unbeaten record against the world No. 24 to four matches, and even its record at the FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2010 to 1-1. Canada, with a young and inexperienced team, was no match for the powerful Chinese, who seized the initiative early and never looked back. Wang Yimei was the driving force for China, leading the team with 19 points (16 on attack) while Tiffany Dodds was winless Canada’s best with 10 points. “I am more happy about our capability to adjust after the loss yesterday to Turkey than I am the result today,” China coach Yu Juemin said. “We had to fight against their height with our speed and it worked.”

Match Schedule - Oct 31
Pool A  - Tokyo    Pool B - Hamamatsu    Pool C - Matsumoto    Pool D - Osaka
PER v SRB (12:30)    PUR v CZE (13:00)    KAZ v CUB (13:00)    TUR v DOM (13:00)
POL v CRC (15:00)    ITA v KEN (15:30)    CRO v THA (15:30)    CAN v RUS (15:30)
ALG v JPN (18:00)    BRA v NED (18:00)    GER v USA (18:00)    KOR v CHN (18:00)

Pool Standings
Pool A (Tokyo): Serbia 4, Japan 4, Peru 3, Costa Rica 3, Poland 2, Algeria 2
Pool B (Hamamatsu): Brazil 4, Italy 4, Netherlands 3, Puerto Rico 3, Czech Republic 2, Kenya 2
Pool C (Matsumoto): Germany 4, USA 4, Thailand 3, Croatia 3, Cuba 2, Kazakhstan 2
Pool D (Osaka): Russia 4, Korea 4, China 3, Turkey 3, Dominican Republic 2, Canada 2

Highest Scorer By Day
Day 1 (1st Rd): 28 points by Destinee Hooker (USA) in USA’s 3-1 win over Thailand in Matsumoto
Day 2 (1st Rd): 35 points by Manon Flier (NED) in Italy’s 3-2 win over the Netherlands in Hamamatsu

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

Highest Scoring Matches
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
218 (NED v ITA in 1st Round) 2-3 (25-18, 21-25, 23-25, 28-26, 12-15) played on October 30 in Hamamatsu
211 (CZE v BRA in 1st Round) 2-3 (25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 9-15) played on October 30 in Hamamatsu

Tournament Top Scorers
56 Manon Flier (NED)
51 Neslihan Darnel (TUR)
48 Saori Kimura (JPN)
45 Ekaterina Gamova (RUS)
43 Destinee Hooker (USA)

Birthdays on November 3
Lydia Maiyo (KEN) turns 22

Coming soon
The FIVB Club World Championships (December 14-21, 2010)  in Doha, Qatar
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships (June 17-26) Rome, Italy

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