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Italy win back to back World Cup titles as China clinch third and final Olympic ticket

 
Italy are one of only five countries to win the World Cup and are also only the third team to win back-to-back World Cup titles after China and Cuba
 

Tokyo, Japan, November 18, 2011 – There were emotional scenes at Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo on Friday as defending champions Italy clinched the FIVB Women’s World Cup 2011 title thanks to an amazing straight-sets win by Japan over USA 3-0 (29-27, 25-23, 25-18) in the last match of the competition.

With Italy, who had guaranteed themselves a top three finish and subsequent Olympic qualification on Wednesday, having beaten winless Kenya 3-0 (25-6, 25-10, 25-17) earlier in the day to move into first place on 28 points, all eyes turned to the last match of the day with USA, on 26 points, needing a 3-0 or 3-1 win to clinch their first ever World Cup crown.

However it was not to be as the hosts, ranked fourth in the world, turned on an inspirational performance to beat the world No. 2 in a repeat of their amazing FIVB Women’s World Championship victory at the same venue and time last year. The second set victory of Japan sparked scenes of jubilation amongst the Italian camp knowing their superior set ratio gave them the title even if USA, who had booked their Olympic ticket already on Thursday, had come back to win the match.

Women’s World Cup Results/Standings, Match Info, Photos or Live Scoring

“I am really happy because we have won this very important two times in a row,” Italy coach Massimo Barbolini said. “Returning to win after four years is really something that makes me very proud. This is a very difficult tournament and after winning 10 games, we deserved the victory. I’m really proud of my team.”

Japan’s win, which put the hosts into fourth position with 24 points, was only their third win against USA in the past 12 matches and first ever in straight sets with the rally point system dating back to 1998.

It was an incredible end to an amazing tournament which had permutations for the title and the Olympics tickets running right until the penultimate set. For Italy it marked their second title in four World Cups - on the way creating an amazing run of 20 consecutive victories, second to Cuba’s 22 – and marked a serious turn around after a disappointing European Championship where they finished fourth. It is the Squadra Azzura’s fourth ever FIVB title after a Grand Champions Cup win in 2009 and World Championship triumph in 2002, added to the 2007 World Cup crown.

Italy, who are one of only five countries to win the World Cup, are also only the third team to win back-to-back World Cup titles after China (1981 and 1985) and Cuba, who won it four times in succession (1989, 1991, 1995 and 1999).

For USA, second place is their best ever result following two third place finishes in 2003 and 2007. The silver medal also moved them ahead of Japan to fifth place on the honours table for all FIVB tournaments with 17 medals (four gold, six silver and seven bronze) while for China, the bronze medal adds to their three gold, one silver and two other bronze to become the most successful team in World Cup history with seven medals, ahead of Cuba and Russia on six.

Earlier, China had quashed Japan’s hope of a top three finish after beating Germany (25-18, 25-18, 25-21) to move into third themselves with 26 points to claim the final 2012 Olympic Games ticket and their. Germany matched their best result in the competition by finishing sixth.

At the Tokyo Metropolitan, Brazil secured fifth place after powering past the Dominican Republic in straight sets (25-21, 25-10, 25-17). Serbia finished seventh after easily disposing of Algeria in straight sets (25-19, 25-14, 25-18) while Korea moved up to ninth with their third win of the competition after beating Argentina in straight sets (25-17, 28-26, 25-23).

For the Dominican Republic, their eighth place finish was their best ever after a 10th and ninth in 2003 and 2007 respectively.

The Women’s World Cup, which takes place every four years and offers tickets to the London Olympic Games to the three medallists, is followed by the men’s tournament in Japan which runs from November 20 to December 4.

Day 11 | November 18, 2011

No Date Teams Live Score
Result
City Description Press
Conf.
Stats Photos
61 18/11 ITA-KEN 3-0 Tokyo View View View View
64 18/11 ALG-SRB 0-3 Tokyo View View View View
65 18/11 DOM-BRA 0-3 Tokyo View View View View
62 18/11 CHN-GER 3-0 Tokyo View View View View
66 18/11 ARG-KOR 0-3 Tokyo View View View View
63 18/11 JPN-USA 3-0 Tokyo View View View View

World Cup Standing


Rk Team Points Matches Results Details Sets Points
Played Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1 Italy 28 11 10 1 7 1 2
1
31 8 3.875 931 721 1.291
2 USA 26 11 9 2 6 2 1

2 27 10 2.700 892 726 1.229
3 China 26 11 8 3 5 2 1 3

30 13 2.308 997 821 1.214
4 Japan 24 11 8 3 7
1 1 1 1 27 11 2.455 889 739 1.203
5 Brazil 21 11 8 3 4 1 3
1 2 25 16 1.563 941 808 1.165
6 Germany 20 11 6 5 5
1 3 1 1 25 17 1.471 944 871 1.084
7 Serbia 18 11 5 6 4 1
3 1 2 22 19 1.158 926 877 1.056
8 Dominican Republic 12 11 5 6 1 1 3
2 4 17 25 0.680 861 927 0.929
9 Korea 11 11 3 8 3

2
6 13 24 0.542 709 838 0.846
10 Argentina 9 11 3 8 1 2


8 9 26 0.346 686 809 0.848
11 Algeria 3 11 1 10
1

1 9 4 31 0.129 544 854 0.637
12 Kenya 11 11 3 8 3 33 0.091 561 890 0.630

2011 Women’s World Cup Awards
Best Spiker:                           Destinee Hooker (USA)      
Best Blocker:                         Christiane Fürst (GER)
Best Server:                           Bethania de la Cruz De
Peña (DOM)
Best Libero:                           Nam Jie Youn (KOR)
Best Receiver:                       Fabiana Oliveira (BRA)
Best Setter:                            Takeshita Yoshie (JPN)
Best Scorer:                           Bethania de La Cruz De
Peña (DOM)
Most Valuable Player:             Carolina del Pilar Costagrande (ITA)


FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup Highlights

Tournament Leading Scorers

1 Bethania De La Cruz de Peña (DOM) 228 points
2 Carolina del Pilar Costagrande (ITA) 186 points
3 Destinee Hooker (USA) 185 points

4 Kimura Saori (JPN) 180 points 
5 Kim Yeon-Koung (KOR) 167 points
 

Top Scoring Performances

42 - Bethania De La Cruz de Peña (Dominican Republic) v Germany on Nov 12
37 – Destinee Hooker (USA) v China on Nov. 16
31 - Bethania De La Cruz de Peña (Dominican Republic) v Korea on Nov 17

29 - Bethania De La Cruz de Peña (Dominican Republic) v China on Nov 8

29 - Kim Yeon-Koung (Korea) v Brazil on Nov 8

Top Scorers by Day

November 4: 24 - Bethania De La Cruz de Peña (Dominican Republic) v Argentina
November 5: 27 - Carolina del Pilar Costagrande (Italy) v China

November 6: 24 - Saori Kimura (Japan) v China
November 8: 29 - Bethania De La Cruz de Peña (Dominican Republic) v China and Kim Yeon-Koung (Korea) v Brazil

November 9: 24 - Sheilla Castro (Brazil) v Serbia
November 11: 21 - Paula Pequeno (Brazil) v China
November 12: 42 - Bethania De La Cruz de Peña (Dominican Republic) v Germany (World Cup record)
November 13: 26 - Destinee Hooker (USA) v the Dominican Republic
November 16: 37 - Destinee Hooker (USA) v China
November 17: 31 - Bethania De La Cruz de Peña (Dominican Republic) v Korea
November 18: 24 – Kim Yeon-Koung (Korea) v Argentina


Top Blocking Performances
8 – Simona Gioli (ITA) v Serbia on Nov. 13

8 – Corina Ssuschke-Voigt (Germany) v Italy on Nov. 16


Top Service Ace Performances

7 – Paula Yamila Nizetich (Argentina) v Algeria on Nov. 6


Highest Set Score: 32-30 – Germany v USA (Set 1) on Nov. 9

Highest Scoring Matches
223 – Brazil beat China 3-2 (25-23, 25-27, 21-25, 25-20, 17-15) on Nov. 11

219 – Germany beat Serbia 3-2 (25-22, 24-26, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11) on Nov. 8

218 – USA beat China 3-2 (25-21, 31-29, 18-25, 19-25, 15-10) on Nov. 16
214 – Dominican Republic beat Germany 3-2 (30-28, 22-25, 25-14, 18-25, 15-12) on Nov 12
213 – Japan beat Germany 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 25-27, 25-17, 15-12) on Nov. 17

 

For more information contact:
FIVB Press Director Richard Baker

press@fivb.org or +81 (0)80 2584 4604

 

 

 





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