Saturday is baby volleyball day! On the penultimate matchday of Phase 1 of the Women’s Volleyball World Cup, there were three tie-breaks, with the Brazilian team recovering from the loss, Thailand and Serbia with important wins and teams sent home. See the results of this Saturday (1):
Brazil 3 x 1 China (25-23, 25-17, 25-22 and 25-22)
The Brazilian team played hard and was tested a lot by the Chinese. The victory marked a moment of recovery for the team that lost Friday’s game against Japan. China, Brazil, Japan and Argentina respectively clinched their places for phase 2.
Puerto Rico 3 x 1 Kenya (25-15, 19-25, 25-18 and 25-20)
In the dispute for fourth place, Puerto Rico takes the last place in Group D and eliminates the team of Luizomar de Moura.
South Korea 3 x 1 Croatia (21/25, 29/27, 25/27 and 23/25)
What no one believed has happened. South Korea win their first match of the tournament. The Croatians have had poor results since the Tokyo 2020 quarter-finals.
Dominican Republic 2 x 3 Thailand (29-31, 25-16, 25-21, 22-25 and 11-15)
The Asian team was more efficient in attack, 75 to 69 and in volume of play. K. Ajcharaporn with 26 (24 attacks, 1 against and 1 ace) and Pimpichaya 25 (24 attacks and 1 against) were the top scorers from Thailand. Gonzalez 28 (22 attacks, 3 blocks and 3 aces) and Peña (19 attacks and 2 blocks)
Germany 2 x 3 Canada (25-12, 26-24, 23-25, 18-25 and 9-15)
Colombia 1 x 3 Czech Republic (22-25, 13-25, 25-19 and 18-25)
The Czechs get their first victory and the Colombian team takes the last place in Group D. Both are eliminated. Amanda with 20 points and Dayana with 10 were Colombia’s top scorers. Orvosova scored 17 and Mlejnkova scored 14 for the Czech team.
Bulgaria 3 x 0 Kazakhstan (25-18, 25-22 and 25-18)
Top scorers: Nikitina, 15 and Belova on the Kazakh side, 11; 14-year-old Vasileva and 11-year-old Dimitrova scored for the Bulgarian side.
United States 0 x 3 Serbia (20-25, 23-25 and 13-25)
The win left Serbia top of Group C. Boskovic with 25 and Stevanovic with 8 were the biggest Serbian definers. Coach Kiraly started the game with the reserves and made occasional changes during the game. Bajema with 6 and Drews with 5 were the top North American scorers.
poland vs turkey (25-22, 23-25, 22-25, 25-18 and 11-15)
The Turks suffer, but win in a comeback. The triumph left Guidetti’s side top of Group B. Stysiak was the top scorer with 31 points and his compatriot Rożański scored 21. For the Turkish side, Karakurt netted 22 and Erdem 14.
Sunday clashes (2):
Group A – Belgium vs Cameroon (8h)
Group D – Japan vs Argentina (9:15 a.m.)
Group A – Netherlands vs Italy (11am)
Stage 2 Worlds
We have two new groups in the second phase and teams in the same group do not play against each other, i.e. matches in phase 1 do not repeat. The games will take place in two locations: Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Łódź (Poland):
Group E: 4 best in group A (Italy, Netherlands, Belgium and Puerto Rico) against those in group D (China, Brazil, Japan and Argentina)
Group F: Top 4 of Group B (Turkey, Thailand, Dominican Republic and Poland) against those of Group C (Serbia, United States, Canada and Germany)
To stage 3, the top 4 in each group qualify for the playoffs (knockout) (eight teams in total). From then on, quarters, semis and finals.
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