FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

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FIVB World Cup Day 3: Undefeated Poland-Argentina Go Head-to-Head

The fans have come to watch one of the deepest FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup tournament fields with first round action in Nagoya and Kagoshima

Nagoya, Japan, November 22, 2011 – The third competition day of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup provides intriguing battles that could play a major role on which teams earn 2012 Olympic Games qualifications berths during the 11-match tournament, 15-day tournament that runs through November 20 in various cities in Japan.

Day three in Nagoya begins with Iran (1-1, 3 points) challenging Serbia (0-2, 0 points) at 11.00, followed by Poland (2-0, 6 points) against Argentina (2-0, 5 points) at 15.00 and Japan (0-2, 1 point) hosting Cuba (1-1, 3 points) at 18.20. At Site B in Kagoshima, China (0-2, 0 points) and Egypt (0-2, 0 points) open Tuesday’s matches at 11.00, followed by Italy (1-1, 3 points) versus Brazil (2-0, 6 points) at 15.00 and United States (1-1, 3 points) against Russia (2-0, 6 points) at 18.20.

Kagoshima has been the site of many key early matches in the 2011 FIVB World Cup, and the Brazil-Italy contest is no exception. Brazil, ranked No. 1 in the world by the FIVB and two-time defending FIVB World Cup champions, improved to 2-0 with a four-set win over No. 4 United States on Monday. Italy, ranked third in the FIVB world ranking, came back from an opening-day loss to Russia with a sweep of Egypt on Monday to even their record.

“We’ll start studying them from now,” Brazil coach Bernardo Rezende said in regards to facing Italy moments after his team defeated USA on Monday. “There are no special expectations; they’re a great team and that’s it. [So there’s] respect, and they will serve hard and we’ll try to give them some pressure too.”

“In this moment from a technical/tactical point of view, I don’t mind,” Italy coach Mauro Berruto said. “This is a match I’ve been dreaming of for a long time; waiting for a long time — and my team as well. We just wish to show our best, to enjoy the match.”

Italy’s Michal Lasko has scored a team-high 36 points for second-most in the tournament, but 26 of those came against Russia on the first day. Ivan Zaytsev and Cristian Savani have added 24 points each in the tournament. Brazil have enjoyed balanced scoring in the first two matches with Leandro Vissotto Neves leading the way with 28 points and Murilo Endres adding 26 points.

The Brazil-Italy series has produced many memorable moments in the previous 48 matches. Brazil hold a 29-19 record over Italy, including a four-set win in the most recent match during the 2010 FIVB World Championship semifinal match in Rome. Overall, Brazil have won the last 10 meetings since the 2003 FIVB World League. During that span, Brazil have defeated Italy in the 2004 Olympic Games gold-medal match, the 2008 Olympic Games semifinal round and the 2004 FIVB World League gold-medal match.

Nagoya will feature two unbeaten teams playing each other for the chance to go 3-0 to end the first round. Poland and Argentina are two of the four undefeated teams in the FIVB World Cup through the second day with victories. Poland have defeated Cuba and Serbia to start the tournament, while Argentina have defeated Serbia and Japan.

Zbigniew Bartman is the main offensive weapon for Poland with 33 points, while Piotr Nowakski has added 27 points. Argentina’s Facundo Conte paces his squad with 33 points as teammate Federico Pereyra as scored 25 points in the first two matches.

Poland hold an 18-5 record against Argentina. The two teams last met during the 2011 FIVB World League bronze-medal match with Poland walking away with the 3-0 victory. Argentina won the first five matches in the series, but Poland have come out on the winning end in the last 18 contests.

Pool A at Nagoya

Iran versus Serbia
Iran and Serbia will face each other for the first time on Tuesday.

Iran had their FIVB World Cup record fall to 1-1, after they lost to Cuba one day after defeating host Japan. Meanwhile, Serbia have lost to Argentina and Poland to open the tournament. Leading the scoring for Iran is Alireza Nadi and his 25 points, while Serbia’s Ivan Milijkovic has totaled 26 points in the first two days.

Japan versus Cuba
Cuba rallied from an opening day loss to Poland to top Iran in straight sets on Monday. Japan have now lost both their matches, but were so close to victory against Argentina on Monday evening but losing 15-13 in the fifth set.

Fernando Hernandez has scored a tournament-leading 41 points for Cuba over the first two days. Japan’s Kunihiro Shimizu ranks fourth in the tournament in scoring with 34 points.

Cuba hold the upper hand in the all-time series against Japan with a 21-4 record. In the most recent meeting, Cuba topped Japan in three sets during the 2009 FIVB Grand Champions Cup, also held at Nagoya. The NORCECA squad has won the last 13 meetings since 1997.

Pool B at Kagoshima

China versus Egypt
Both Egypt and China will be looking for their first wins of the 2011 FIVB World Cup in a contest both teams feel are must-wins for the improvement of the squad. Egypt have opened the tournament with losses to No. 1 Brazil and No. 3 Italy to start the tournament, while China have dropped contests to No. 4 USA and No. 2 Russia. China and Egypt have played 13 times, and China has won 11 of those contests. Earlier this year, China defeated Egypt twice (3-0, 3-2) in the FIVB World League qualification tournament on July 31. While Egypt’s last official win in the series was during the 2008 FIVB World League, they did capture a 3-0 win in a friendly match held this past September in Dubai.

“We respect them very much, and China is a very important match for us,” Egypt coach Sherif El-Shemerly said. “We are hoping to win three or four matches here and one of those matches is China. I hope the team will play good; I think we played them three times this year… they won in China 3-0 and 3-2 in July, and we won in a friendly in Dubai in September 3-0. I think it will be a good match, and I hope to win. I hope the team plays better than in the first two matches.”

“It doesn’t matter who we face tomorrow, we still need to prepare well,” China captain Cui Jianjun said.

Egypt’s Ahmed Abdelhay has totaled 27 points in the tournament’s first two days. Hongmin Bian and Ping Chen have tallied 16 points in leading a balanced China scoring attack.

USA versus Russia
Russia will look to stay undefeated in the FIVB World Cup, while USA will look to get back in the win column following a four-set loss to Brazil on Monday. Russia’s Maxim Mikhaylov has scored 36 points for second-most in the first two matches of the tournament, while Matthew Anderson leads the USA in scoring through two days with 33 points.

Russia have won the last three meetings, the latest match in the series being a four-set victory in the 2011 FIVB World League Final Round at Gdansk, Poland. Russia are now 29-13 against the Americans. USA defeated Russia in the 2008 Olympic Games, and since then have posted just one win (2010 FIVB World League) in seven matches.

“The answer for us is to handle our side of net, watch video and present some things that we need to do better to our players,” USA coach Alan Knipe said in regards to preparation for the Russia match. “I have faith in their resiliency to come back and play better.”

Day 3 | November 22, 2011

No Phase Date Local
Teams Live Score
City Description Press
Stats Photos
13 A 22/11 11:00 * 02:00 * IRI-SRB View Nagoya View
16 B 22/11 11:00 * 02:00 * CHN-EGY View Kagoshima View
14 A 22/11 15:00 * 06:00 * POL-ARG View Nagoya View
17 B 22/11 15:00 * 06:00 * ITA-BRA View Kagoshima View
15 A 22/11 18:20 * 09:20 * JPN-CUB View Nagoya View
18 B 22/11 18:20 * 09:20 * USA-RUS View Kagoshima View

* The first whistle for each match will sound 10 minutes after the start time listed

World Cup Standing

Rk Code Team Points Matches Results Details Sets Points
Played Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1 BRA Brazil 6 2 2 1 1 6 1 6.000 166 127 1.307
2 RUS Russia 6 2 2 1 1 6 1 6.000 172 146 1.178
3 POL Poland 6 2 2 1 1 6 1 6.000 176 150 1.173
4 ARG Argentina 5 2 2 1 1 6 2 3.000 172 150 1.147
5 ITA Italy 3 2 1 1 1 1 4 3 1.333 165 154 1.071
6 USA USA 3 2 1 1 1 1 4 3 1.333 151 149 1.013
7 CUB Cuba 3 2 1 1 1 1 3 3 1.000 135 131 1.031
8 IRI Iran 3 2 1 1 1 1 3 4 0.750 148 158 0.937
9 JPN Japan 1 2 2 1 1 3 6 0.500 182 189 0.963
10 SRB Serbia 2 2 1 1 1 6 0.167 141 176 0.801
11 CHN China 2 2 2 6 114 150 0.760
12 EGY Egypt 2 2 2 6 108 150 0.720

FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup Highlights
Tournament Leading Scorers
1 Fernando Hernandez Ramos (CUB) 41 points
2 Michal Lasko (ITA) 36 points
2 Maxim Mikhaylov (RUS) 36 points
4 Kunihiro Shimizu (JPN) 34 points
5 Zbigniew Bartman (POL) 33 points

Top Scoring Performances
26 – Michal Lasko (ITA) v RUS, Nov. 20
21 – Fernando Hernandez Ramos (CUB) v POL on Nov. 20
21 – Zbigniew Bartman (POL) v SRB on Nov. 21
21 – Tatsuya Fukuzaka (JPN) v ARG on Nov. 21
20 – Fernando Hernandez Ramos (CUB) v IRI on Nov. 21

Top Scorers by Day
November 20: 26 – Michal Lasko (Italy) versus Russia
November 21: 21 – Zbigniew Bartman (Poland) versus Serbia; Tatsuya Fukuzaka (Japan) versus Argentina

Top Blocking Performances
7 – Alexander Volkov (RUS) v ITA on Nov. 20
6 – Piotr Nowakowski (POL) v SRB on Nov. 21
5 – Marcin Mozdzonek (RUS) v SRB on Nov. 21
5 – Pablo Crer (ARG) v SRB on Nov. 20
5 – Lucas Saatkamp (BRA) v USA on Nov. 21
5 – Sebastian Sole (ARG) v JPN on Nov. 21
5 – Pablo Crer (ARG) v JPN on Nov. 21 

Top Service Ace Performances
4 – Maxim Mikyahlov (RUS) v CHN on Nov. 21
3 – Matthew Anderson (USA) v CHN on Nov. 20
3 – Lucas Saatkamp (BRA) v EGY on Nov. 20
3 – Clayton Stanley (USA) v BRA on Nov. 21
3 – Marcin Mozdzonek (POL) v SRB on Nov. 21

Highest Set Score: 30-28 – POL v SRB (Set 4) on Nov. 21

Highest Scoring Matches
196 – Argentina beat Japan 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 11-25, 25-15, 15-12 on Nov. 21
191 – Poland beat Serbia 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 30-28) on Nov. 21
187 – Russia beat Italy 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 on Nov. 20

For more information contact:
FIVB Press Director Richard Baker or +81 (0)80 2584 4604

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Facundo Conte a star in his own right

20.11.2011 05:50:33
Happy to start with three points, USA coach Knipe says

20.11.2011 05:32:09
United States' Anderson aces China to open FIVB World Cup

20.11.2011 04:47:28
Weber says Argentina played 'perfect game'

20.11.2011 04:23:24
Argentina rout Serbia in first-round opener

20.11.2011 01:40:07
Legendary Julio Velasco leads up-and-coming Iranian force

19.11.2011 15:01:14
Depth in Kagoshima creates World Cup first round challenges

19.11.2011 12:51:55
FIVB World Cup to bring joy and hope to Japanese people

17.11.2011 15:51:49
Anastasi says podium is minimum goal for Poland

17.11.2011 09:11:01
Nagoya ready for start of FIVB World Cup

15.11.2011 16:00:54
Italy ready for Men's World Cup showdown says Berruto

15.11.2011 05:23:22
Men's volleyball stars prepare for Nagoya start in Men's World Cup

15.11.2011 04:28:10
Kagoshima set to host talented Men's World Cup teams with Olympic dreams at stake

11.11.2011 13:21:49
Argentina men countdown to World Cup

25.10.2011 16:10:46
World Cup Media Guide launched online

14.10.2011 15:58:54
Full World Cup schedule announced by FIVB

12.10.2011 12:41:01
World Cup preliminary squads unveiled

05.10.2011 12:27:19
Match pairings released for World Cup

05.10.2011 06:53:06
World Cup wild cards announced

30.09.2011 16:18:02
Ten of 12 Men’s World Cup teams confirmed

30.09.2011 09:25:28
Iran claim Asian title to earn World Cup ticket

30.09.2011 05:27:21
Egypt book World Cup berth with African Championship triumph

29.09.2011 10:59:32
China and Iran set to clash in gold medal match of Asian Men’s Championship

29.09.2011 00:03:21
Egypt and Cameroon set to clash in Men’s African Nations Championship final

28.09.2011 09:18:34
Iran delight home fans as they book semifinal place in Asian champs

27.09.2011 10:42:28
Iran, Australia lead Asian Men’s Championship quarterfinals

26.09.2011 09:29:30
Iran, Australia continue to dominate Asian Men’s Championship

25.09.2011 20:34:56
Brazil book place in World Cup with South American Championship win

24.09.2011 01:12:13
Iran, Japan, China and Australia top pools in Asian Men’s Championship

23.09.2011 15:15:29
Chile pick up first victory as Argentina and Brazil remain unbeaten

23.09.2011 15:02:40
Serbia greeted by thousands as they celebrate Euro success

23.09.2011 05:06:44
Five teams unbeaten in Asian Men’s Championship

22.09.2011 16:53:11
Giba reflects on 16 years of South American Championships

22.09.2011 16:15:26
Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship kicks off in Iran

22.09.2011 15:07:38
Favourites Tunisia and Cameroon set to clash on opening day of African Nations champs

22.09.2011 05:33:34
Venezuela pick up first win at South American Championship

21.09.2011 14:20:49
Paraguay begin South American Championship campaign with win

21.09.2011 07:07:23
Iran coach says home advantage does not guarantee Asian Championship glory

21.09.2011 06:41:45
Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championships through the years

20.09.2011 07:20:52
Argentina, Brazil and Colombia start South American Championship with victory

18.09.2011 23:49:57
Serbia crowned European men’s champions

16.09.2011 09:54:52
Poland gain revenge over Slovakia as semifinal berths decided

15.09.2011 10:03:02
Finland survive Slovenia scare while Poles break Czech hearts in EuroVolley 2011

14.09.2011 17:47:06
Iranian minister visits national team

13.09.2011 12:10:17
Preliminary round ends at 2011 EuroVolley

11.09.2011 04:10:22
World Cup place at stake in Asian Senior Men's Volleyball Championship

08.09.2011 11:25:04
Austria and Czech Republic countdown to EuroVolley

04.09.2011 14:38:28
Leon carries Cuba to Men’s NORCECA Championship and World Cup berth

03.09.2011 08:23:15
Cuba and USA to play for the gold at Men’s NORCECA

02.09.2011 17:41:21
Brazil bring in reinforcements for South American champs

02.09.2011 04:59:14
Cuba and Puerto Rico into semis of Men’s NORCECA Championship

01.09.2011 09:56:53
Canada and USA book semifinal berths at Men's NORCECA Championship

31.08.2011 09:49:16
NORCECA Men's Championship heats up

30.08.2011 09:47:58
Men's NORCECA Championship begins in style in Puerto Rico

29.08.2011 17:34:31
Brazil seal wins over Germany and Japan in South American champs prep

18.08.2011 17:03:30
Dante and Gustavo eager to get back on court

15.07.2011 15:07:08
FIVB President hopes for "new future" in Japan

22.06.2011 13:38:40
Morocco to host 2011 Men’s African Nations Championship

24.05.2011 11:48:47
FIVB confirms World Cup in Japan

16.02.2011 18:45:22
AVC finalises 2011 volleyball calendar