Stats point to tight race for last two spots in World League Finals
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 12, 2013 – There are only two more places left in the World League Finals that are scheduled to take place in Mar del Plata from July 17 to 21.
Hosts Argentina, record nine-time winners Brazil, eight-time champions Italy and the surprise qualifier Canada have already booked their spots in the Finals next week.
In Group A, three of the four top teams from 2012 are still in contention for a place in the Finals: defending champions Poland, last year’s finalists USA and the team that finished fourth last season, Bulgaria. In Pool B, Olympic champions Russia can do no more than sit and watch as Germany look to pull off a smash and grab raid to wrestle the final ticket from the grasps of the volleyball giants at the last possible moment.
In the first
pool A match of the weekend, hosts Bulgaria will take on Poland in Varna.
One of these teams will qualify for the Finals in Argentina - that is unless the United States beat Brazil twice (including at least once by a minimum two-set margin) and this doubleheader provides favourable results for USA. If Bulgaria or Poland advance, they will most likely do so as the runners-up in Pool A. The host country Argentina and the winners of Pool B (Germany or Italy) would be their opponents in the Finals.
Brazil and the
USA will meet in the second Pool A match of the weekend in Rio de Janeiro.
In the last of the Pool B matches for the Intercontinental Round, Iran will
meet Germany at the Azadi Hall in Tehran.
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