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World Grand Prix Council confirms Group 2 and 3 schedule

 
The Czech Republic have been promoted to Group 2 of next year's FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix and will begin their campaign on July 3-5
 

Cagliari, Italy, October 31, 2014 – The dates and structure for the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2015 Groups 2 and 3 were decided at a World Grand Prix Council meeting for Groups 2 and 3 in Cagliari, Italy on Friday.

Next year's tournament will run from June 26 to August 2, including the Group 1 Finals, which will be held from July 22 to July 26 in Omaha, USA.

Group 2 matches for the 2015 edition of the tournament will begin on the weekend of July 3 – 5 with the second round held a week later from July 10–12. The Finals will then take place in Poland from July 31 to August 2.

Bulgaria, Croatia and Czech Republic have all been promoted from Group 3 to Group 2 and will join Argentina, Canada, the Netherlands, Poland and Puerto Rico.

Teams from Group 3 will begin a week earlier from June 26–28 with the second round held from July 3–5. The Finals will take place in Australia from July 10–12.

Cuba finished eighth in the 2014 World Grand Prix Group 2 ranking and were relegated to Group 3 as were Peru, who finished seventh. They join Algeria, Australia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico and newcomers Colombia.

Both groups will feature eight teams competing across two weeks of action in four pools. The pools will be contested in a round robin system with one host country per tournament totalling 24 matches per group.

The hosts and the three highest teams from each group will qualify for their respective finals.

The FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix was expanded to 28 countries for the first time in 2013 in an effort to spread the game into new territories.

Brazil won their 10th FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix title in 2014 with Japan winning their first ever medal in the tournament picking up silver. Russia completed the podium by winning bronze, their 12th medal in the premier annual women’s volleyball tournament.

Teams for Group 2

Argentina (14)

The Netherlands (17)

Puerto Rico (15)

Bulgaria (21)

Canada (16)

Poland (28)

Croatia (17)

Czech Republic (31)

() denotes World Ranking

Group 2 Pools - Host Country in bold

Week 1

July 3-5

Pool J

Pool K

Argentina

Puerto Rico

Croatia

Canada

The Netherlands

Bulgaria

Czech Republic

Poland


Week 2

July 10-12

Pool L

Pool M

Argentina

Puerto Rico

Canada

Croatia

The Netherlands

Bulgaria

Poland

Czech Republic


Finals in Poland

July 31 - August 2







Teams for Group 3

Kazakhstan (19)

Cuba (26)

Kenya (19)

Mexico (27)

Peru (23)

Colombia (30)

Algeria (25)

Australia (46)

() denotes World Ranking

Group 3 Pools - Host Country in bold

Week 1

June 26-28

Pool N

Pool O

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Algeria

Peru

Cuba

Mexico

Australia

Colombia


Week 2

July 3-5

Pool P

Pool Q

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Peru

Algeria *TBC

Cuba

Mexico

Colombia

Australia


Finals in Australia

July 10-12












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