Brazil and China finish top two to join World Grand Prix Finals
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 19, 2014 - Following their top two finish in the 2013 Intercontinental Round, Brazil and China repeated the feat this season to qualify for the Group 1 Finals of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix in Tokyo, Japan.
Lang Ping is enjoying her second consecutive World Grand Prix Finals coaching appearance|
Brazil can look ahead with confidence after sweeping the preliminary round, dropping only three sets in their attempt to secure a tenth title in the World Grand Prix. Brazil defeated USA in a five-setter on Friday, where they conceded two sets. Brazil also defeated the Dominican Republic and Thailand to complete the sweep.
China had two losses last weekend against Japan and Serbia, but the Asian powerhouse still landed in second place as they collected enough points to put them ahead of finalists Turkey and Russia.
Meanwhile, Belgium will enter the Final Six as the winners of Group 2. The Belgians defeated Poland in straight sets in the Group 2 semifinal, and went on to win the final after a 3-2 victory against group leaders and former World Grand Prix champions the Netherlands.
In Group 3, Bulgaria earned promotion to Group 2 next season after winning the final against the Czech Republic in straight sets.
· Brazil improved their record to 18 consecutive World Grand Prix matches and a set balance of 54-3.
· China finished runners-up to Brazil in last year’s World Grand Prix.
· Turkey’s 3-1 victory over Italy is their first in the World Grand Prix after two previous defeats.
· Russia gave away only 11 points off errors in their straight sets win against Germany on Sunday.
· Japan defeated China for the second time in 22 World Grand Prix encounters.
· Belgium’s Lise Van Hecke had a total of 246 points in this season’s World Grand Prix – the most of all players in the group stage.
· The Netherlands’ defeat against Belgium was only their second in 11 World Grand Prix matches this season.
· Bulgaria are participating in only their second World Grand Prix season after finishing ninth last year.
· The Czech Republic recorded a 7-1 win-loss record in their second season in the World Grand Prix.
Click here for the full statistical review.
- Agatha and Barbara top rankings after Netherlands heroics
- Brazil dominates podium in The Hague
- FIVB World Tour resumes in Switzerland at Swatch FIVB Gstaad Major
- Brazil, China and USA complete weekend sweep in Group 1
- 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour season update following
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships the Netherlands 2015
- Australians get second win in Group 1, Finns and Argentines grab 3-1 wins in Group 2
- Egypt win World League Group 3 Finals to advance in Group 2 next year
- Brazilian World Champions Show Improvement
- FIVB President applauds the Netherlands as beach volleyball embarks on new era
- Silver medal finish boasts Fernanda & Lima’s FIVB World Tour rankings
- FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, Day 5: Brazil, China, USA all two-from-two in Group 1 to start 2015 tournament
- FIVB Volleyball World League Day 25 - USA secure top spot in Pool B, France finish Pool play with a perfect 12 wins
- Montenegro and Egypt to play for the gold in Group 3 Finals
- FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Day Nine - As It Happened
- USA’s Brunner/Lucena Trying to Capture Magic from Season’s Past
- World Grand Prix in full swing with start of Groups 1 and 2
- World League highlights three superb five-setters on Day 24
- FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2015 Day Eight - As It Happened
- Brazilian Semifinal Victories Net Olympic Berth
- 50/50 chances for semifinal Holtwick/Semmler versus Lima/Fernanda
- Heartbreak for brave Bawden and Clancy at World Championships
- Australia competing to stay among volleyball's best
- World League Group 3 finalists have their say
- Smejkal: "Second place in pool D is our goal"
- Turkey hosts USA, Belgium, Italy in World Grand Prix
- Vercesi: "Securing a spot at the Finals remains our main objective"
- Getting Social: FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2015 Day 7
- FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2015 Day Seven - As It Happened
- Brazil captures both quarterfinals Thursday in amazing Apeldoorn
- Day 23 sees Brazil and France extend their lead after both record straight sets victories
- Lucena and Brunner lead semifinals charges as Amsterdam closes for business
- Peru, Colombia, Cuba and Kazakhstan prepare for Pool P encounters in Trujillo
- U20 Drawing of Lots ceremony held in Puerto Rico
- Antiga: "We are now playing for a ticket to the Finals in Rio"
- Alluring Apeldoorn anxiously awaits awesome aria of Quarterfinals tonight
- Australia take on Serbia and Turkey play USA, live on YouTube
- Juliana and Maria Antonelli win Brazilian battle to advance
- Poland and USA prepare for Pool B climax
- Sanderson ready for emotional homecoming
- Qataris move on to quarter-finals
- World Grand Prix Pool A coaches expect challenging weekend
- Americans, Dutch, Germans & Russian Post Elimination Wins
- FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Day Six - As It Happened
- Getting Social: FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2015 Day 6
- Awesome Apeldoorn angst approaching Thursday’s Round of 16, quarterfinals
- Qataris upset the form book to advance in Amsterdam
- FIVB President congratulates Amsterdam on spectacular event
- World champs live stream opens
- Predictable Women Winners Wednesday
- Amiable Apeldoorn absolutely awesome area for elimination rounds