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Russia, Brazil, USA stretch leads as Japan lose

Peru fought gamely but defending champions Russia were too strong in their second round Pool E match in Tokyo on Saturday
Tokyo, Japan, November 6, 2010 – Defending champions Russia, Olympic champions Brazil and World Grand Prix champions USA maintained their unbeaten records at the FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2010. Each of the trio collected a sixth win from as many matches with respective victories over Peru, Thailand and the Czech Republic on Saturday â€“ the first day of the second round – while hosts Japan suffered their first defeat.

The FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2010 second round consists of eight teams of two pools (top four teams from each first round group) and four matches over five days for each team with results against fellow first round teams being taken into account in the second round. The top two teams from each pool enter the semifinals for 1-4 positions, the third and fourth teams in the second round will play the semifinals for positions 5-8 while fifth and sixth teams will play the semifinals for positions 9-12. The bottom two teams from each group exit the tournament.

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Pool E in Tokyo
World No.7 Russia kept up the pace in Pool E with a straight-sets (25-15, 25-15, 25-20) victory over Peru to advance their second round win-loss record to 4-0. The six-time champions had far too much height, power and speed for Peru, who battled gamely, to record their sixth win in as many matches against their South American opponents. Russia's top scorer in the tournament, Tatiana Kosheleva, was again to the fore with a match-high 20 points.
Meanwhile, Japan suffered a surprise – more in the manner and not the result – defeat at the hands of two-time champions China, going down 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 27-29, 25-12). The win was China's 37th against Japan in 43 matches and saves their World Championship campaign, giving the world No.3 a 1-3 win-loss second-round record and keeping them in touch with the top six. Japan's first defeat of the tournament sees the world No.5 drop to 3-1.
Earlier, Poland claimed a crucial result, beating Korea in dramatic style 3-2 (12-25, 25-17, 25-18, 22-25, 17-15) to throw the semifinal race in Pool E wide open as chief attacking weapons Malgorzata Glinka-Mogentale and Yeon-Koung Kim went head-to-head, scoring 28 for Poland and 27 for Korea respectively. Poland, who have now beaten Korea eight times in 11 encounters, sit equal with Turkey, Korea and Serbia knowing that with three games still remaining in the second round, they have every chance of reaching the top four semifinals. "It was a very difficult match for us, especially as we started out so badly," Glinka-Mogentale said. "But then we believed we could win and started to play well. This was an important match in the tournament, so I'm happy to have won it. The last time I remember a match so exciting was in 2005 against Russia in the semifinals of the European Championship. It was a very long game, but finally we won it and got the gold medal."
The first match of the day saw Turkey get their second round off to a brilliant start with a convincing win over an error-prone Serbia 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-20). World No. 22 Turkey shocked the 2006 World Championship bronze medallists Serbia, who had a day they would prefer to forget. The tournament top scorer, Darnel Neslihan, continued in the same vein for Turkey, registering 17 points while Serbia's best was Natasa Krsmanovic with eight, illustrating the struggles Serbia had. The win keeps alive Turkey's chances of recording their best-ever finish at the Women's World Championship. Turkey finished 12th in their one and only appearance in 2006.

Pool F in Nagoya
World No.1 Brazil continued where they left off in the first round with a resounding straight-set victory (25-19, 25-19, 25-16) over Thailand. Brazil upped their perfect record to 4-0 with the win while the 12th-ranked Thais sit bottom of the group with a 0-4 win-loss record after the Brazilians proved too strong in defence, repeatedly repelling attacks from their opponents and displaying deftly-placed tips throughout the contest. Sheilla was the star on offence for the winners, who have dropped only two sets in the entire tournament, finishing with 21 points including two blocks. "Our goal here is to make the final," Brazil coach Jose Guimaraes said. "But I don't think we are No.1, we are in a group of very good teams. We need to change the mentality of our fans who think that second place is the first place of the losers."
Meanwhile, world No.2 USA posted a convincing straight-sets victory (25-20, 25-20, 25-13) over the Czech Republic to join Brazil at the top of Pool F with four wins from four games and extend their winning run to 17 successive matches in all FIVB competitions. It is still a long way off the world record of 41 held by Brazil from 2008-2009 but their victory over the world No.38 was still a comprehensive performance with Destinee Hooker playing the starring role, soaring through the air, pounding spike after spike to record 19 points, including two consecutive aces to close the match.
In the first match of the day, the Netherlands defeated Cuba 3-1 (25-12, 22-25, 25-12, 25-20) to move into third place with a 2-2 win-loss record behind Brazil and USA. The 10th-ranked Dutch, with captain Manon Flier and Maret Grothues top-scoring with 17 points apiece, controlled the tempo for most of the match, as the sixth-ranked Cubans, who dropped to 1-3, seemed listless at times and had trouble receiving. It was only the third win in 16 matches for the Netherlands over Cuba, repeating their most recent win at the 2007 World Cup.
Italy, meanwhile, gave their campaign a breath of life by coming from behind to beat Germany 3-1 (22-25, 32-30, 25-8, 25-15). The World Grand Champions Cup champions are now on 2-2, equal with Germany and the Netherlands.

The FIVB Women’s World Championship started with 24 teams and is played from October 29 until November 14 encompassing five cities across first and second rounds, semifinals and finals. The top four teams in the four first round (Oct. 29 - Nov. 3) pools advanced to the second round (Nov. 6 - Nov. 10) before the top six teams in the each of the two pools will advance to the semifinals (Nov. 13) and finals (Nov. 14).

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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