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Historical Data Historical data on each team competition in the 2001 World Grand Champions Cup, including participation and final rankings from World Championships, Olympic Games, Word Cup, World League, World Grand Prix and World Grand Champions Cup

match schedule


Tue 13 Nov
13:00 KOR - USA
15:00 CHN - RUS 
19:00 JPN - BRA 

Wed 14 Nov

14:00 USA – CHN
16:00 BRA – RUS
19:00 JPN – KOR

Fri 16 Nov

14:00 RUS – USA
16:00 KOR – BRA
19:00 CHN – JPN

Sat 17 Nov

13:30 JPN – RUS
15:30 BRA – USA
18:30 KOR – CHN

Sun 18 Nov

13:00  RUS – KOR
15:00 CHN – BRA
18:00 USA – JPN



Tue 20 Nov

14:00 KOR – BRA
16:00 CUB – YUG
19:00 JPN – ARG

Wed 21 Nov

14:00 KOR – CUB
16:00 BRA – ARG
19:00 YUG – JPN

Fri 23 Nov

13:00 CUB – BRA
15:00 ARG – YUG
18:00 JPN – KOR

Sat 24 Nov

13:00 CUB – JPN
15:00 KOR – ARG
18:00  BRA – YUG

Sun 25 Nov

13:00  ARG – CUB
15:00 YUG – KOR
18:00 JPN – BRA

Dates and Venues

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Saitama and Fukuoka 

13 – 18 November

Dates and Venues


Nagoya and Tokyo

20 – 25 November, 2001










2001 World Grand Champions Cup


China stamps authority on first title for 15 years 

Russia second and Japan third

Tournament Wrap - Men and Women



DAY 4 - China wins first title in 15 years

China finished a dream run Saturday to claim its first major world volleyball title in 15 years by defeating Korea in three easy sets 25:13, 25:15, 25:12. With still one day of competition left, China, with a perfect record of four wins and on 8 points, cannot be caught by the other five teams in the single round robin competition. .... FULL STORY



The United States and Brazil tasted their first victories of the event as the U.S. won the first match of the day against Russia 3-1 while Brazil routed Korea 3-0. China continued its run defeating host nation Japan 3-0.... FULL STORY



China put itself into the drivers seat after its second straight victory, defeating the United States 3-1 on Wednesday.. The Asian champion is 2-0 and on top on the standings after it finished off defending champion Russia 3-1 on Tuesday... FULL STORY



Japan, China and Korea made Tuesday a Day of Asia as the trio pocketed as many stunning victories on the opening day of the 2001 World Grand Champions Cup. It was the wild card Korea that was the star team of the day, as it produced the biggest upset by crushing the title favorite United States 3-1 at the opening match....FULL STORY


DAY 0 - russia ready to defend title

Sydney Olympic silver medallist Russia and 2001 World Grand Prix champions, USA, lead the field for this years World Grand Champions Cup that features the four top continental champions: Asian Champion China, European Champion Russia, NORCECA Champion USA, South American Champion Brazil, plus Korea as wild card and Japan as host nation.. FULL STORY


China stamps authority on first title for 15 years - Russia second and Japan third

Fukuoka, Japan, 18 November, 2001 – China finished a dream run Sunday to stamp its authority on its first major world volleyball title in 15 years by defeating South American champion Brazil 25:21, 25:17, 21:25 25:23, to keep its perfect record of 5 wins and collect the US$300,000 first prize cheque.

Russia finished second, Japan third with Brazil, USA and Korea finishing fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

The young Chinese team, that only dropped 3 sets throughout the tournament, had already claimed the title after a 3-0 defeat of Korea on Saturday and went into the last day of competition knowing it had an unassailable lead over the other five teams in the single round robin competition.

Russia, Brazil and Japan went into Day 5, the final day competition of the World Grand Champions Cup women’s volleyball tournament in Fukuoka, Japan on 6 points, each having a 2:2 win/loss record. USA and Korea were on 5 points with a 1:3 win/loss.

With only second place and the US$150,000 prize at stake, European champion and Olympic silver medallist Russia demolished Korea 3-0 in Sunday’s match, leaving Brazil the task of having to defeat champions China 3-O to have a chance at the second position. It was too big a task even for the South American champion and Olympic bronze medallist that went down to China in four sets, and was relegated to fourth position.

This set up a classic encounter for the final match between host Japan and USA, a match which was being broadcast live throughout Japan on NTV. The plucky Japanese used the home-ground advantage and 8,200 partisan fans to its best producing another magnificent performance to defeat the NORCECA champion 25:20, 24:26, 25:23, 25:18.

The win gave the host nation third place, Japan’s highest finish since its bronze medal at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.

Enigmatic Russian coach Nikolai Karpol, who had been at his vocal best throughout the tournament, seemed almost happy at the after match press conference.

“Our team has had a hard time this year with five key members having operations in May and June. The five members, Belikova, Tiourina, Artamonova, Tichtchenco and Gamova, all have great experience, but physically they are not right yet.

"So even with this difficult situation, compounded by having only four days training with a new setter before the tournament, we still finished second. I am quite satisfied with the result,” he said.

“Each player did their best,” he added.

“China and the USA team are very good and they did a very good job at this tournament and Grand Prix, and I would like to congratulate them.”

“But I believe Cuba and Russia, based on world rankings, are still the best two teams in the world. China do not have much experience, but they are going to be a very strong team,” the Russian coach said.

Final placings: 1. China US$ 300,000 2. Russia US$ 150,000 3. Japan US$ 125,000 4. Brazil US$ 75,000 5. USA US$ 75,000 6. Korea US$ 50,000

Best Player awards:

Most Valuable Player: Yang Hao (CHN)

Best Scorer: Ekaterina Gamova (RUS)

Best Attacker: Elizaveta Tichtchenco (RUS)

 Best Blocker: Ekaterina Gamova (RUS)

Best Server: Miyuki Takahashi(JPN)

Best Digger: Stacy Sykora (USA)

Best Setter: Tatiana Gratcheva (RUS)

Best Receiver: Virna Dias (BRA)