Japan, Brazil set up title showdown in World Grand Prix
Tokyo, Japan, August 23, 2014 – The host Japan and nine-time title winners Brazil collected respective victories at Ariake Collesium here on Saturday to set up a title showdown in the final round of the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix Finals on Sunday.
With a 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 25-15) victory over World Grand Prix Finals debutants Belgium, their fourth win in a row in the six-team round robin play, Japan has secured a top two finish with 12 points from four matches. The Japanese women, whose previous best finish in the World Grand Prix were fourth in 1994, 1997 and 2013, need only to win two sets against Brazil on Sunday to be crowned for the fist time in the annual women’s volleyball tournament.
Japan have now won eight matches in a row connecting the preliminary rounds and the Finals and it was the longest winning streak of them in the World Grand Prix.
Defending champions Brazil kept alive their chance of winning a record tenth World Grand Prix title by sweeping Russia 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-20). Following an opening full set loss to Turkey, Brazil have collected three consecutive 3-0 wins for a second place on the standings with 10 points. The last round clash between Japan and Brazil, which is scheduled for Sunday evening, will decide the winners of the 2014 FIVB Grand Prix.
2003 World Grand Prix winners China snapped their two-game losing streak with a hard-fought 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 22-25, 25-23, 21-19) victory over Turkey and improved to a 2-2 win-loss record. Playing to full sets for the third time in the last four matches, Turkey had to swallow their third loss in a row although Ozsoy Neriman notched game high 36 points.
China will clash Russia in the last round of the round robin tournament on Sunday with Belgium to play Turkey for their first win in the Finals.
China come back to win five-set thriller against Turkey
China beat Turkey 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 22-25, 25-23, 21-19) on the fourth day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Saturday. Neriman Ozsoy was the top scorer in the match with 36 points while Liu Xiaotong led China with 26. Yuan Xinyue scored all six of China's service points. China improved their win-loss record to 2-2 while Turkey dropped to 1-3. It was Turkey’s third five-set match out of four in the Final and it’s the first time Turkey have lost three consecutive World Grand Prix matches since 2008. More
It was an amazing match: China coach Lang Ping
China beat Turkey 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 22-25, 25-23, 21-19) on the fourth day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Saturday. Both coaches were impressed with the match. China coach Lang Ping said:” It was a very good experience for our team, especially the young players. We were able to play a high-level match and show a high level of volleyball to the audience. It was amazing. I want to use this experience for the future, especially for the younger players.” More
Brazil raise record to 3-1 with victory over Russia
Brazil defeated Russia 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-21) on the fourth day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Saturday. Brazil improved to 3-1 while Russia slipped to 2-2. Fabiana Claudino was the top scorer for Brazil with 17 points while Tatiana Kosheleva led Russia with 18 points. Brazil outscored Russia in blocking points 16-8, with Thaisa Menezes getting six. Brazil have won eight of their last nine Finals matches in straight sets. More
I'm happy we can still win the tournament: Ze Roberto
Brazil defeated Russia 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-21) on the fourth day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Saturday. Brazil coach Ze Roberto was please to stay in with a chance of winning the tournament. Ze Roberto said:” Overall it was an excellent game and I’m satisfied with the result and the fact that we’re still in with a chance of the gold medal. If we hadn’t won 3-0 or 3-1, we wouldn’t have been able to do it. So, overall I’m happy with the result of the match.” More
Japan beat Belgium in three sets; gunning for gold
Japan beat Belgium 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 25-15) on the fourth day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Saturday. Yukiko Ebata led Japan with 11 points, followed by Saori Kimura and Risa Shinnabe with 10 each. Belgium were led by Lise Van Hecke with 15 points. Japan had five service points to Belgium’s one. Japan have appeared in all 22 editions of the World Grand Prix but have never finished in the top three. But they are guaranteed silver or gold in this tournament. Their previous best finish was fourth place in 1994, 1997 and 2013. More
Top Scoring Performances
30 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Serbia (August 17)
29 – Sonsirma Gozde of Turkey v Russia (August 22)
29 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v China (August 15)
Top Blocking Performances
Top Blocking Performances by Team
Top Serving Performances
6 – Claudia Lizbeth Resendiz Lopez (Mexico) v Algeria (August 3)
4 – Frauke Dirickx (Belgium) v The Netherlands (August 16)
4 – Ismailoglu Meliha (Turkey) v Russia (August 16)
Top Serving Performances by Team
14 – Bulgaria v Kazakhstan (August 16)
12 – Turkey v Brazil (August 20)
12 – Korea v Serbia (August 17)
12 – Peru v Canada (July 25)
Highest Set Score
Turkey v Russia, 27-25 (August 22)
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