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Italy v Brazil, USA v Iran in World League Semifinals

 
Iran celebrate reaching the World League semifiinals for the first time
 
Florence, Italy, July 18, 2014 – Saturday’s FIVB Volleyball World League 2014 semifinals have thrown up two exhilarating matches with USA taking on Iran followed by the second semifinal featuring the two most successful nations in World League history Brazil and Italy.

With Iran beating Brazil 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 28-26) in Pool I, world No.2 Russia were eliminated and were joined by Australia from Pool H, who finished without a win after being beaten by Italy 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-21) in Friday’s second game.

Key points

•    Saturday’s semifinals: USA v Iran (17:30), Italy v Brazil (20:30)

•    Brazil are nine time champions, Italy eight.

•    Italy Prime Minister Matteo Renzi joins FIVB  President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° to watch Italy play Australia

•    Iran and Australia are/were making their World League Finals debuts.

•    Iran top Pool I and go through to the semifinals of the World League for the first time in their history.

•    Iran have now got a winning record against Brazil in the World League overall. The two sides have met five times in the competition (all this year), with Iran winning three and Brazil winning two. Brazil have won the other four meetings between the two sides (two in the World Cup, two in the Grand Championships Cup).

•    Iran broke a three match losing streak with this win. Amir Ghafour was the match top scorer with 23 points. Lucarelli was top Brazilian scorer with 17 points.

•    Italy are yet to lose a set in the 2014 Finals.

•    Italy are unbeaten in ten total encounters with Australia. The Volleyroos have only won three sets in all these matches

•    Thomas Edgar, one of the tournament's standout players, was top scorer with 20 points


LIVE SCORING - WEEK 9 / FINALS

 

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G1-49I16/0717:3015:30IRI-RUS2-3FlorenceViewViewViewView
G1-50H16/0720:4518:30ITA-USA3-0FlorenceViewViewViewView
G1-51I17/0717:3015:30RUS-BRA1-3FlorenceViewViewViewView
G1-52H17/0720:3018:30USA-AUS3-1FlorenceViewViewViewView
G1-53I18/0717:3015:30BRA-IRI1-3FlorenceViewViewViewView
G1-54H18/0720:3018:30AUS-ITA0-3FlorenceViewViewViewView
G1-55SF-GR119/0717:3015:30IRI-USAViewFlorence


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G1-56SF-GR119/0720:3018:30ITA-BRAViewFlorence


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Standings

Pool H - Final round

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1ITAItaly622 2     6 MAX1511241.218
2USAUSA3211 1   1340.7501641611.019
3AUSAustralia 2 2    11160.1671421720.826

Pool I - Final round

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1IRIIran4211 1 1  541.2502102091.005
2BRABrazil3211 1  1 441.0001891950.969
3RUSRussia2211  1 1 450.8002122071.024

Top Scoring Performances
•    37- Yuan Zhi of China v Cuba (June 28)
•    36 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Russia (June 27)
•    33 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (July 5)
•    32 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Serbia (June 14)
•    32 – Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Spain (June 8)
•    32 – Thomas Edgar of Australia v Finland (June 7)
•    31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (June 20)
•    31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Belgium (June 8)
•    30 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Brazil (July 3)
•    30 - Amir Ghafour of Iran v Russia (July 16 World League Group 1 Finals)
•    28 - Rolando Cepeda Abreu of Cuba v Turkey (June 29 - Group 3 gold medal match)
•    28 – Park Chul-Woo of Korea v Netherlands (June 28)
•    28 – Michal Winiarski of Poland v Italy (June 13)
•    28 – Jeon Kwang-In of Korea v Czech Republic (June 5)
•    28 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Finland (June 1)
•    28 – Nemanja Petric of Serbia v Russia (May 31)
•    28 – Christian Fromm of Germany v Japan (May 24)
•    28 – Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Germany (May 24)

Top Blocking Performances
•    10 – Dmitriy Muserskiy of Russia v USA (June 27)
•    8 – Tommi Siirila of Finland v Belgium (July 5)
•    8 – Pieter Verhees of Belgium v Finland (July 4)
•    8 – Gil Marcel Keller of Portugal v Netherlands (June 8)
•    8 – Nicolas Le Goff of France v Japan (May 31)
•    8 – Matteo Piano of Italy v Brazil (May 24)
•    8 – Jorge Fernandez Valcarel (June 15)
•    7 – Sebastian Solé of Argentina v France (June 29)
•    7 - Michael Parkinson of the Netherlands v Korea (June 29)
•    6 – Michal Krisko of Czech Republic v Korea (June 21)
•    6 – Artem Volvich of Russia v Serbia (May 30)
•    6 – Aidan Zingel of Australia v Finland (June 14)
•    6 – Viktor Yosihof of Bulgaria v Russia (June 15)
•    6 – Jukka Lehtonen of Finland v Belgium (June 22)
•    6 – Aidan Zingel of Australia v France (July 12 - Group 2 gold medal match)

Top Blocking Performances by Team
•    23 - The Netherlands v Korea (June 29)
•    18 – Finland v Belgium (July 5)
•    18 – USA v Serbia (June 14)
•    18 – Portugal v Netherlands (June 8)
•    17 – Russia v USA (June 27)
•    17 – Czech Republic v Korea (June 21)
•    17 – Canada v Australia (June 20)
•    17 – Spain v Slovakia (June 15)
•    17 – Turkey v Tunisia (June 8)
•    17 – France v Argentina (May 24)
•    16 – Germany v Japan (June 28)
•    16 – Netherlands v Czech Republic (June 14)
•    16 – Spain v Puerto Rico (June 8)
•    16 – Italy v Poland (June 8)
•    16 – Turkey v Mexico (June 7)
•    16 – Czech Republic v Korea (June 5)
•    16 – Iran v Brazil (June 6)

Top Serving Performances
•    7 – Mikko Oivanen (Finland) v Belgium (June 22)
•    6 – Nimir Abdel-Aziz (Netherlands) v Portugal (June 21)
•    6 – Alexandre Ferreira (Portugal) v Czech Republic (May 31)
•    5 - Lubos Kostolani (Slovakia) v China (June 29 - Group 3 bronze medal match)
•    5 – Yuan Zhi (China) v Cuba (June 28)
•    5 – Valdir Sequeira (Portugal) v Netherlands (June 21)
•    5 – Luiz Felipe Fonteles (Brazil) v Poland (May 29)
•    5 – Dick Kooy (Netherlands) v Korea (May 31)
•    5 – Nicolas Marechal (France) v Germany (June 15)

Top Serving Performances by Team
•    14 – Finland v Belgium (June 22)
•    12 - Slovakia v China (June 29 - Group 3 bronze medal match)
•    12 – Netherlands v Portugal (June 21)
•    11 – USA v Bulgaria (June 20)
•    11 – Bulgaria v Serbia (June 8)
•    11 – France v Germany (June 15)
•    10 – Germany v Japan (May 24)
•    10 – Finland v Australia (June 15)

Highest Scorer by Round
•    Week 1: 28 – Christian Fromm of Germany v Japan; Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Germany (May 24)
•    Week 2: 28 – Nemanja Petric of Serbia v Russia (May 31)
•    Week 3: 32 – Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Spain (June 8); Thomas Edgar of Australia v Finland (June 7)
•    Week 4: 32 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Serbia (June 14)
•    Week 5: 31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (June 20)
•    Week 6: 37 – Yuan Zhi of China v Cuba (June 28)
•    Week 7: 30 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Brazil (July 3)
•    Week 8: 26 - Edgar Thomas of Australia v the Netherlands (July 11)
•    Week 9: 30 - Amir Ghafour of Iran v Russia (July 16)

Highest Set Score
•    Week 1: Germany v Japan, 27-29 (May 24)
•    Week 2: Brazil v Poland, 29-27 (May 29)
•    Week 3: Czech Republic v Korea, 31-33 (June 5); Turkey v Cuba, 31-33 (June 6); Belgium v Canada, 33-31 (June 8)
•    Week 4: USA v Serbia (June 13), China v Puerto Rico (June 15) 30-28
•    Week 5: Russia v Serbia (June 20) 37-35
•    Week 6: China v Slovakia (June 29) 39-37
•    Week 7: Finland v Belgium (July 5) 29-27
•    Week 8: Australia v the Netherlands (July 11) 27-25
•    Week 9: Russia v Iran (July 16) 37-35
   
Highest Scoring Matches
•    Week 1: Germany v Japan (May 24) (25-23, 25-21, 27-29, 23-25, 15-9) – 222 points
•    Week 2: Canada v Finland (June 1) (19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 15-11) – 207 points
•    Week 3: Czech Republic v Korea (June 5) (31-33, 25-19, 26-24, 26-28, 20-18) – 250 points
•    Week 4: Poland v Italy (June 13) (25-23, 24-26, 26-24, 25-27, 15-10) – 225 points
•    Week 5: Australia v Canada (June 20) (25-27, 20-25, 30-28, 25-17, 15-13) – 225 points
•    Week 6: Korea v Netherlands (June 28) (31-29, 16-25, 25-23, 30-32, 14-16) – 241 points
•    Week 7: Finland v Belgium (July 5) (23-25, 29-27, 22-25, 25-23, 15-8) – 222 points
•    Week 8: France v Australia (July 12) (25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 16-14) - 217 points
•    Week 9: Russia v Iran (July 16) (18-25, 25-18, 25-21, 35-37, 15-8) - 227 points

 




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