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Brazil sweep Japan to land record 10th World Grand Prix title

 
Brazil are the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix champions.
 

Tokyo, Japan, August 24, 2014 – Reigning Olympic champions Brazil swept the previously unbeaten Japanese team 3-0 in a title showdown Sunday evening to win the trophy of the FIVB World Grand Prix for a record tenth time.

 

Going into the last match as the leaders on the standings with 12 points, Japan needed to win only two sets to secure their first World Grand Prix title. However, the defending champions prevailed in three sets 25-15, 25-18, 27-25. The Brazilian women have now won one more title in the World Grand Prix than the Brazilian men have won in the World League.

 

Following an opening upset 3-2 loss to Turkey on Wednesday, Brazil bounced back with four consecutive straight set wins to be crowned again in the premier annual FIVB women’s volleyball tournament. The United States, the second most successful team in the World Grand Prix, have won the championships five times.

 

The Japanese women, who have played in all 22 editions of the tournament along with China, could be satisfied with the silver, their first podium finish in the World Grand Prix. Before the loss against Brazil, Japan have won eight matches in a row connecting the preliminary rounds and the Finals and it was their longest winning streak in the World Grand Prix.

 

Earlier on Sunday, Russia came from two sets down to beat China 3-2 (21-25, 14-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-13) for the bronze. It was their first World Grand Prix medal since a silver in 2009.

 

Turkey beat World Grand Prix Finals debutants Belgium 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20) in the other match of the last round to finish fourth ahead of China with seven points from five games. China settled for the fifth place on six points while the winless Belgians were at the bottom.

 

2014 World Grand Prix Dream Team

1st Best Outside Spiker: Liu Xiaotong (China)

2nd Best Outside Spiker: Miyu Nagaoka (Japan)

1st Best Midder Blocker: Irina Fetisova (Russia)

2nd Best Midder Blocker: Fabiana Claudino (Brazil)

Best Libero : Yuko Sano (Japan)

Best Setter: Danielle Lins (Brazil)

Best Opposite Spiker: Sheilla Castro (Brazil)

Most Valuable Player: Yuko Sano (Japan)

 

Brazil defeat Japan 3-0 to win World Grand Prix

Defending champions Brazil clinched the gold medal in the FIVB World Grand Prix on Sunday after beating Japan 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 27-25) on the final day of the Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Sunday. Japan took the silver medal, their first ever medal in the World Grand Prix. Russia earlier earned the bronze medal. Sheilla Castro was the top scorer in the match with 16 points; Yuki Ishii led Japan with 10. Brazil had 10 blocking points to Japan’s three, and two service points to Japan’s four. Brazil finished with a 4-1 record for 13 points; Japan were 4-1 and ended with 12 points. Japan had never finished in the top three of the World Grand Prix before with their previous best finish fourth in 1994, 1997 and 2013. Brazil have now won the World Grand Prix 10 times, double that of the next most successful team, USA. More

 

It was a difficult tournament: Brazil coach Ze Roberto

 

Defending champions Brazil clinched the gold medal in the FIVB World Grand Prix on Sunday after beating Japan 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 27-25) on the final day of the Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo. Japan took the silver medal, their first ever medal in the World Grand Prix. Russia earlier earned the bronze medal. Brazil coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes said:”From the start of the Finals when we lost to Turkey it’s been difficult. After that loss, we recovered little by little and finally we were able to win our 10 World Grand Prix. I want to thank my team and my staff. Today, the tough part was that we were under pressure mentally because Japan had won all their games and we had to try and keep our concentration and break their concentration. Fortunately, in the first and second sets it worked very well, so we could play well, but in the third set Japan pressured us and we only just managed to win the set.” More

 

Russia claim bronze medal after five-set win over China

 

In a winner-takes-all match for the Bronze Medal on the last day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals in Tokyo on Sunday, Russia took the honours, beating China 3-2 (21-25, 14-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-13) at Ariake Coliseum Tatiana Kosheleva was the top scorer in the match with 28 points while Liu Xiaotong led China with 19. Russia (3-2) finished with seven points and China (2-3) finished with six. Tatiana Kosheleva was the scoring leader going into Sunday’s matches and she finished with a total of 109 points. Six Chinese players had service aces while Russia led in blocking 14-7. More

 

Improved reception was the key to our win: Marichev

 

In a winner-takes-all match for the Bronze Medal on the last day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals in Tokyo on Sunday, Russia took the honours, beating China 3-2 (21-25, 14-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-13) at Ariake Coliseum. Russia coach Yury Marichev said: In the first and second sets, China exploited our weak point, which was reception, and without reception, we can’t play. But in the third, fourth and fifth sets we improved our reception and we have tall, strong spikers and the improved reception allowed them to hit.More

 

Turkey beat Belgium 3-1 to finish fourth

 

Turkey beat Belgium 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20) on the final day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Sunday. Neriman Ozsoy was the top scorer in the match with 32 points while Lise Van Hecke led Belgium with 21 points. Turkey finished with a 2-3 record and seven points and finished fourth; Belgium were 0-5 for no points and finished sixth. Turkey played 22 sets in their five matches – three of those matches were five-setters. The only team to beat them 3-0 was Japan. Belgium had 10 service points to Turkey’s one. More

 

We did great things in the World Grand Prix: Barbolini

 

Turkey beat Belgium 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20) on the final day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Sunday. Turkey finished fourth in the tournament and Belgium sixth. Turkey coach Massimo Barbolini said:”Congratulations to Gert, not only for this tournament but for all the work he’s been doing with Belgium. I think they are one of the more interesting teams at the moment. And congratulations again to my team, not only for the victory today but for the wonderful World Grand Prix that we have played. We finished on the same points as Russia and I think we did very great things. Apart from China, we beat the best teams in the world – Brazil, Italy, Russia, Serbia, Japan, USA – so we must be really happy with that. For me, it’s been a great experience and I want to thank Japan; every time, it’s a great pleasure to come here.” More

Performance Leaders

Top Scoring Performances
41 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Russia (August 10)
41 – Lise Van Hecke of Belgium v The Netherlands (August 16)
37 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Japan (August 16)
3
6Ozsoy Neriman of Turkey v China (August 23)

32Ozsoy Neriman of Turkey v Belgium (August 24)

30 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Serbia (August 17)

29Sonsirma Gozde of Turkey v Russia (August 22)

29 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v China (August 15)
29 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Thailand (August 1)

 

Top Blocking Performances
10 – Kubra Akman of Turkey v Germany (August 15)
9 – Foluke Akinradewo of USA v Thailand (August 16)
9 – Veronika Trnkova of Czech Republic v Australia (July 26)
8 – Thaisa Menezes of Brazil v Korea (August 8)
8 – Kataraina Osadchuk of Australia v Kenya (August 3)
8 – Maja Poljak of Croatia v Czech Republic (August 16)

Top Blocking Performances by Team
21 – China v Serbia (August 16)
21 – Turkey v Germany (August 15)
21 – Serbia v Thailand (August 2)
20 – Cuba v Peru (August 9)
20 – China v Thailand (August 8)
19 – USA v Thailand (August 16)
19 – USA v Japan (August 3)
19 – Russia v Japan (August 2)
19 – Czech Republic v Kazakhstan (July 27)

Top Serving Performances
6Yuan Xinyue (China) v Turkey (August 23)

6 – Claudia Lizbeth Resendiz Lopez (Mexico) v Algeria (August 3)
6 – Kim Yeon-Koung (Korea) v Serbia (August 17)
5 – Elitsa Vasileva (Bulgaria) v Kazakhstan (August 16)
5 – Lora Kitipova (Bulgaria) v Kazakhstan (August 16)
5 – Kim Yeon-Koung (Korea) v Germany (August 2)
5 – Kim Yeon-Koung (Korea) v Thailand (August 1)
5 – Joanna Wolosz (Poland) v Canada (July 26)
4 –
Toksoy Guidetti Bahar (Turkey) v Brazil (August 20)

4 – Frauke Dirickx (Belgium) v The Netherlands (August 16)

4 – Ismailoglu Meliha (Turkey) v Russia (August 16)
4 – Zeng Chunlei (China) v Italy (August 10)
4 – Alexandra Munoz (Peru) v Cuba (August 9)
4 – Mareen Apitz (Gerany) v Serbia (August 8)
4 – Rachel Rourke (Australia) v Croatia (August 2)
4 – Judith Pietersen (Netherlands) v Argentina (August 1)
4 – Kelly Murphy (USA) v Russia (August 1)
4 – Teresa Vanzurova (Czech Republic) v Croatia (July 25)
4 – Andrea Urrutia (Peru) v Canada (July 25)

 

Top Serving Performances by Team
15 – Belgium v The Netherlands (August 16)

14 – Bulgaria v Kazakhstan (August 16)

12China v Russia (August 24)

12 – Turkey v Brazil (August 20)

12 – Korea v Serbia (August 17)

12 – Peru v Canada (July 25)


Highest Scorer by Round
Week 1: 27 – Katarzyna Zaroslinkska of Poland v Peru (July 27)
Week 2: 29 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Thailand (August 1)
Week 3: 41 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Russia (August 10)
Week 4: 41 – Lise Van Hecke of Belgium v The Netherlands (August 16)
Week
5: 36Ozsoy Neriman of Turkey v China (August 23)

Highest Set Score
Week 1: Croatia v Czech Republic, 30-32 (July 25)
Week 2: Turkey v Japan, 29-27 (August 1); Belgium v Netherlands, 29-27 (August 2); USA v Turkey, 29-27 (August 2); Mexico v Algeria, 29-27 (August 3)
Week 3: Germany v Serbia, 30-28 (August 8); Cuba v Peru, 30-28 (August 9); Cuba v Argentina, 30-28 (August 10)
Week 4: Germany v Turkey, 36-34 (August 15)
Week
5: China v Belgium, 25-27 (August 20)

         Turkey v Russia, 27-25 (August 22)

Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Bulgaria v Kenya (July 26) (25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 24-26, 15-12) – 220 points
Week 2: Turkey v USA (August 2) (25-21, 27-29, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12) – 220 points; Canada v Argentina (August 2) (23-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22, 15-13) – 220 points
Week 3: Peru v Cuba (August 9) (27-25, 28-30, 25-23, 22-25, 15-13) – 233 points
Week 4: Serbia v China (August 16) (26-26, 28-26, 21-25, 25-20, 17-15) – 227 points
Week
5: Turkey v China (August 23) (22-25, 25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 19-21) – 225 points

2014 World Grand Prix Finals page

2014 World Grand Prix Finals Live Score

2014 World Grand Prix Finals Schedule

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FIVB World Grand Prix Media Guide

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