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Semifinals set with Italy to play Russia and Brazil taking on Bulgaria

Canada's loss to Brazil ended their dream run in the 2013 World League where they finished fifth, their best ever result
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 19, 2013 – Italy, Russia, Brazil and Bulgaria will play in the FIVB Volleyball World League semifinals together for the first time after the final-four of the 2013 edition was confirmed following the last pool matches on Friday.

In Pool E, Brazil - needing to beat Canada to stay alive in the competition - did just that in straight sets 3-0 (25-18, 30-28, 25-20) to win the group ahead of Russia. Italy collected their second win from as many matches to top Pool D after beating Argentina 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-17, 25-22). Bulgaria finished second to set up a semifinal against Brazil.

Italy will play Russia at 16:30 while Brazil take on Bulgaria at 20:00 in Saturday’s semifinals.

Canada were confirmed in fifth, their best ever result in the World League, having two points following Thursday’s win over Russia while winless Argentina ended in sixth spot, a repeat of their result in 1999 when the World League Finals were also in Mar del Plata.

Brazil into semis as Canada's dream run comes to a close
Nine time FIVB Volleyball World League champions Brazil booked a World League semifinal spot for the 18th time in 24 editions - including 14 of the last 15 – after beating Canada 3-0 (25-18, 30-28, 25-20) in the last Pool E match on Friday. Having lost to Russia in five sets on Wednesday, Brazil needed to win the game and that they did, maintaining their impressive record against Canada which includes 17 wins from 21 matches, including 13 out of 16 in the World League and four on the bounce.

There are no easy teams in the World League - Wallace
Wallace was Brazil's top scorer with 18 points in their 3-0 win against Canada in the final match of pool play at the 2013 World League Finals. A swollen left knee forced Vissotto out of the Brazil team for their must-win match and Wallace proved an able replacement. "It's not the first time I entered like this in a tournament, Leandro injured himself in the Olympics. I have to be prepared, this is my mentality, to be prepared for anything that happens."

Italy through to semifinals with Argentina victory
World No. three Italy beat hosts Argentina, ranked ninth in the world, with a well worked 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-17, 25-22) victory in the last game in Pool D to win the group and set up a semifinal match with Russia on Saturday. Italy were hot favourites going into the game having won nine of the previous 14 World League matches against Argentina although Argentina did have history, having won the last World League encounter at the 2011 Finals.

Surprise achievement makes Savani very happy
With a 3-1 victory against home team Argentina in the final pool match, captain Cristian Savani has led Italy into the World League final-four for the first time since 2004. "I'm very happy, because we acheived this result with a new group that after the [2012] Olympic Games changed a lot. Many of the players in this team wouldn't have thought we could achieve this.

Challenge system makes its World League Finals debut
Russia became the first team to use the challenge system at the World League Finals during the first set of their surprise 3-2 pool defeat against Canada on day two of competition. The first challenge request came on a Nikolay Apalikov serve called long on Canada's backline, with Russia leading the set 11-8.

Serving affected South America's top two in opening round
South American neighbours Argentina and Brazil both lost their opening matches on day one of the 2013 World League finals in Mar del Plata, and only wins in their respective final pool matches will give them a chance to move into the semifinals. Serving was a key aspect.

Statistical preview - Upping the ante on day three of the World League Finals
Following a dramatic second day of action in the World League Finals, the heat is still on as Canada and Brazil prepare to go head-to-head in the first of two matches in Mar del Plata on Friday. Still riding high on its win against Bulgaria yesterday, Italy will then take on hosts Argentina in the second match of the day.

Andrea Zorzi’s Day Two Review



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91 E 17/07 17:30 20:30 BRA-RUS 2-3 Mar del Plata View View View View
92 D 17/07 21:11 00:00 ARG-BUL 1-3 Mar del Plata View View View View
93 E 18/07 17:40 20:30 RUS-CAN 2-3 Mar del Plata View View View View
94 D 18/07 21:10 00:00 BUL-ITA 1-3 Mar del Plata View View View View
95 E 19/07 16:40 19:30 CAN-BRA 0-3 Mar del Plata View View View View
96 D 19/07 20:10 23:00 ITA-ARG 3-1 Mar del Plata View View View View


Pool D

Rk Code 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 ITA Italy 6 2 2     2         6 2 3.000 192 173 1.110
2 BUL Bulgaria 3 2 1 1   1     1   4 4 1.000 187 191 0.979
3 ARG Argentina   2   2         2   2 6 0.333 181 196 0.923

Pool E

Rk Code 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 BRA Brazil 4 2 1 1 1     1     5 3 1.667 177 176 1.006
2 RUS Russia 3 2 1 1     1 1     5 5 1.000 215 203 1.059
3 CAN Canada 2 2 1 1     1     1 3 5 0.600 172 185 0.930

Top Scoring Performances
31 – Sokolov Tsvetan of Bulgaria v Poland (July14)
31 – Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia v Germany (June 30)
30 – Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia v Germany (June 29)
29 – Sokolov Tsvetan of Bulgaria v Argentina (World League Finals on July 17)
29 – Nikolay Pavlov of Russia v Germany (July 5)
28 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Russia (June 21)
28 – Wytze Kooistra of the Netherlands v Canada (May 31)
27 – Sokolov Tsvetan of Bulgaria v Italy (World League Finals on July14)
27 – Nikolay Pavlov of Russia v Brazil (World League Finals on July 17)
27 – Bartosz Kurek of Poland v Argentina (June 28)
27 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Germany (June 9)

Top Blocking Performances
6 – Lucas Saatkamp of Brazil v Russia (World League Finals on July 17)
6 – Nikolay Apalikov of Russia v Cuba (June 28)
6 – Dragan Stankovic of Serbia v Iran (June 21)
6 – Holt Maxwell of USA v France (June 14)
6 – Andrey Aschchev of Russia v Serbia (June 14)
6 – Frederic Winters of Canada v Korea (June 14)
6 – Emanuele Birarelli of Italy v Germany (June 9)
6 – Park Sang-Ha of Korea v Japan (June 1)
Top Blocking Performances by Team
20 – Iran v Serbia (June 23)
17 – Brazil v Russia (World League Finals on July 17)
17 – USA v Poland (July 5)
16 – Bulgaria v Argentina (June 22)
16 – Italy v Russia (June 21)
16 – Italy v Germany (June 9)

Top Serving Performances
7 – Alexandre Ferreira of Portugal v Finland (June 1)
6 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Cuba (June 14)
World League Finals – 3 – Tsvetan Sokolov of Bulgaria v Italy, Quiroga Rodrigo of Argentina v Italy, Emanuele Birarelli and Matteo Piano of Italy v Argentina

Top Serving Performances by Team
11 – Poland v Bulgaria (July 12)
11 - Russia v Serbia (June 14)
10 – USA v Argentina (June 8)
10 – Italy v Argentina (World League Finals on July 19)
Highest Scorer by Round
Week 1: Wytze Kooistra of Netherlands, 28 (v Canada)
Week 2: Ivan Zaytsev of Italy, 27 (v Germany)
Week 3: Tatsuya Fukuzawa of Japan, 24 (v Finland)
Week 4: Ivan Zaytsev of Italy, 28 (v Russia)
Week 5: Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia, 30 (v Germany)
Week 6: Nikolay Pavlov of Russia, 29 (v Germany)
Week 7: Sokolov Tsvetan of Bulgaria, 31 (v Poland)
Finals:  Sokolov Tsvetan of Bulgaria, 29 (v Argentina)

Highest Set Score
Week 1: Netherlands v Portugal, 36-34
Week 2: Bulgaria v France, 31-29
Week 3: USA v France, 30-28
Week 4: Russia v Italy, 30-28
Week 5: Iran v Italy, 32-30
Week 6: Portugal v Korea, 32-34
Week 7: Brazil v USA, 28-26
Finals: Brazil v Canada 30-28


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