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Make or break as second round enters second day

Turkey will be looking to build on their solid performance against Serbia on Sunday as they take on hosts Japan
Tokyo, Japan, November 7, 2010 – The 2010 FIVB Women's World Championship second round continues on Sunday with the 16 contenders playing the second of their four matches in the quest for a coveted spot in the semifinals.

The top four teams from Pools A and D from the first round have joined together in Pool E, while the top four from Pools B and C are grouped in Pool F. The results from the first round are taken into the second round, so teams will only play sides they did not face in the opening stage.

Sunday sees hosts Japan, who were dealt their first loss of the tournament on Saturday, take on Turkey, who picked up a shock win over Serbia in Pool E. The other highlight in Tokyo will be Serbia's clash with China, who seem to be back on winning form following a disappointing first round.

The FIVB Women's World Championship involves 24 teams and runs from October 29 to November 14. After five cities hosted matches in the first round, only two cities provide venues for the second round, semifinals and finals. The top 16 teams from the four first-round (Oct 29 - Nov 3) pools have advanced to the second round (Nov 6 - Nov 10), and the top six teams from each of the upcoming two pools will advance to the semifinals (Nov 13) and finals (Nov 14).

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Pool E in Tokyo
Peru (17) v Korea (21) at 10.30
Both Peru and Korea lost their first second-round matches on Saturday to Russia and Poland respectively so will be looking to regain momentum. A spot in the semifinals is out of reach for the South American side but if results go Korea's way they could find themselves in the top four for the first time since 1994. The two sides last played each other in a FIVB competition at the 2007 World Cup where Korea picked up a straight-sets win.

Serbia (9) v China (3) at 12.45
Serbia coach Zoran Terzic said his side's loss against Turkey was the worst match they had played in recent times and he underlined that a drastic improvement was needed against China. The Asians, meanwhile, dealt hosts Japan their first loss of the competition and will be looking to build their momentum as they try to recover from a disappointing first round. The two countries know little about each other as this is the first time they have met in an FIVB tournament.

Poland (8) v Russia (7) at 15.00
Both sides came out of their opening second-round encounters unscathed, although Poland are likely to be more fatigued following their exhilarating 3-2 win over Korea. Defending champions Russia are on a stunning roll and are yet to lose a match. Poland, however, are in a scrap with Turkey, Korea and Serbia for a spot in the semifinals so will want to cause an upset here to keep their hopes alive.

Japan (5) v Turkey (22) at 18.00
Turkey will be high on confidence after dealing Serbia a shock reverse on Saturday. The win should have given them momentum as they enter their second match against hosts Japan. The home side will be disheartened that they could not beat rivals China on Saturday, but they still remain in strong contention for a spot in the next round despite their first defeat. Japan and Turkey have only met three times in the past, with the Asian side claiming all three wins.

Pool F in Nagoya
The Netherlands (10) v Thailand (12) at 11.00
Thailand had a tough time thwarting Brazil's attack in their opening second-round match in Nagoya on Saturday and it is unlikely to get any easier as they go up against the Netherlands, who themselves are on the prowl for a semifinal spot. The European side scored a 3-1 win over Cuba in their first Pool F match and have found a rhythm that is helping bring them victories. The two teams clashed recently at the 2010 World Grand Prix where the Dutch pulled off a straight-sets win. Add to that the fact that Thailand have never beaten the Netherlands and it is clear the Europeans start as favourites.

Czech Republic (38) v Germany (15) at 13.15
A loss against 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix winners USA means the Czech Republic need a win to keep alive any hopes of reaching the latter stages of the World Championship. Germany, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back following their loss to Italy in their first Pool F match. With only three games between the two sides, and Germany winning two of those, it is likely to be a close match.

Brazil (1) v Cuba (6) at 15.30
Brazil remain on target for their main objective of a semifinal place after they secured a straight-sets win over Thailand on Saturday. The South American side sit at the top of Pool F just ahead of USA and will be eager to keep it that way with victory over Cuba. The Caribbean side will be disappointed with their loss to the Netherlands, and know that an unexpected win over the world No.1 would turn the group on its head. The two sides have a mixed history against each other, with Cuba winning 22 matches and Brazil 17.

Italy (4) v USA (2) at 18.00
The United States will be hoping to keep the pressure on Brazil as they go up against Italy. The Americans are still unbeaten and will be feeling confident against the 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions winners after their inconsistent start. The Italians are in a difficult position in the middle of Pool F and are well aware that a win over the US is vital if they want to stay in contention for a semifinal spot despite a 3-1 success against Germany on Saturday.

Pool Standings
Pool E (Tokyo): Russia 8, Japan 7, Poland 6, Turkey 6, Korea 6, Serbia 6, China 5, Peru 4
Pool F (Nagoya): Brazil 8, USA 8, Netherlands 6, Germany 6, Italy 6, Cuba 5, Czech Republic 5, Thailand 4

Match Schedule – November 7
Pool E  - Tokyo    Pool F – Nagoya
10:30 PER v KOR    11:00 NED v THA
12:45 SRB v CHN    13:15 CZE v GER
15:00 POL v RUS    15:30 BRA v CUB
18:00 JPN v TUR    18:00 ITA v USA

Highest Scorer By Day
Day 1 (1st Rd): 28 points by Destinee Hooker (USA) in USA’s 3-1 win over Thailand in Matsumoto
Day 2 (1st Rd): 35 points by Manon Flier (NED) in Italy’s 3-2 win over the Netherlands in Hamamatsu
Day 3 (1st Rd): 27 points by Neslihan Darnel (TUR) in Turkey’s 3-2 win over the Dominican Republic in Osaka
Day 4 (1st Rd): 34 points by Aneta Havlickova (CZE) in Czech Republic’s 3-2 win over Italy in Hamamatsu
Day 5 (1st Rd): 29 points by Neslihan Darnel (TUR) in Korea’s 3-2 win over Turkey in Osaka
Day 6 (2nd Rd): 28 points by Malgorzata Glinka-Mogentale (POL) in Poland’s 3-2 win over Korea in Tokyo

Highest Set Score
34-32 (CRO v CUB in Pool C) played on October 29 (Day 1) in Matsumoto and (PER v CRC in Pool A) played on November 3 in Tokyo. * Women’s World Championship records

Highest Scoring Matches
235 (CZE v ITA in 1st Round) 3-2 (25-27, 27-29,    25-23, 25-22, 17-15) played on November 2 in Hamamatsu
220 (POL v JPN in 1st Round) 2-3 (28-26, 25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 12-15) played on October 29 in Tokyo
218 (NED v ITA in 1st Round) 2-3 (25-18, 21-25, 23-25, 28-26, 12-15) played on October 30 in Hamamatsu
212 (TUR v DOM in 1st Round) 3-2 (25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 23-25, 17-15) played on October 31 in Osaka
211 (CZE v BRA in 1st Round) 2-3 (25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 9-15) played on October 30 in Hamamatsu

Tournament Top Scorers
149 Neslihan Darnel (TUR)
124 Yeon-Koung Kim (KOR)
123 Saori Kimura (JPN)
110 Manon Flier (NED)
105 Kenia Carcaces Opón (CUB)

Birthdays on November 7
Yukiko Ebata (JPN) turns 21 and Chaïne Staelens (NED) turns 30

FIVB Tournaments Coming Soon
FIVB Club World Championships (December 14-21, 2010)  in Doha, Qatar
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships (June 17-26, 2011) Rome, Italy

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