Trieste, Italy, October 1, 2014 – USA continued their winning streak at the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship in Italy on Wednesday. Their 3-1 win versus Turkey keeps USA with full points at the top of Pool F. World No.1 Brazil, the Dominican Republic and China remained unbeaten as well.
The Dominican Republic won their fourth tiebreak in as many tries at the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship, to defeat Belgium 3-2. In Trieste, Croatia shocked Japan with a 3-2 victory. Japan failed to take advantage of the Dominican Republic dropping two sets against Belgium, and have dropped a further point behind their Caribbean rivals in their quest for a top-three finish in Pool E. Meanwhile, Croatia have overtaken Belgium for fifth place.
Italy defeated a brave Azerbaijan 3-1 in Bari. The hosts have taken advantage of the Dominican Republic's dropping a point against Belgium; to further secure their second place in the standings, now with a two-point margin over the Caribbean team. China kept the upper hand over Germany 3-0 and retain their top position in the standings of Pool E, one point ahead of Italy.
The United States of America managed to keep Turkey under control 3-1, which keeps them with full points at the top of Pool F. The Americans are now virtually with one foot in Round III. World No.1 Brazil have swept Kazakhstan in straight sets to stay within two points of Pool F leaders USA and shake off any attempts by the other aspirants to a place within the top three. Kazakhstan remain on no points at the bottom of the table.
Russia quickly recovered from their blackout at the end of the third set to defeat Bulgaria 3-1 and avoid any further damage. The defending champions remain in third place in the Pool F standing, within the qualifying zone - although Serbia, who overpowered the Netherlands 3-0 earlier on Wednesday - are still just one point behind.
The second round of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship will continue on Thursday with the second day of Round II featuring the best 16 teams of the planet.
A total of 32 matches are played during the second phase of the tournament, running from October 1-5 in the Italian cities of Bari, Trieste, Verona and Modena, with the best three teams of Pool E and Pool F advancing to the third competition round.
POOL E (in Trieste & Bari): Italy, Dominican Republic, Croatia, Germany, China, Japan, Belgium, Azerbaijan
POOL F (in Modena & Verona): Brazil, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, USA, Russia, Netherlands, Kazakhstan
Dominican Republic-Belgium / 3-2 / VIEW
Croatia-Japan / 3-2 / VIEW
Italy-Azerbaijan / 3-1 / VIEW
Germany-China / 0-3 / VIEW
Serbia-Netherlands / 3-0 / VIEW
Brazil- Kazakhstan / 3-0 / VIEW
Bulgaria-Russia / 1-3 / VIEW
Top scorer by day
Polina Rahimova- 33 of Azerbaijan v Japan on 23-9-14
Brankica Mihajlovic- 31 of Serbia v Bulgaria on 24-9-14
Polina Rahimova- 32 of Azerbaijan v Puerto Rico on 25-9-14
Lise Van Hecke- 23 of Belgium v Azerbaijan on 27-9-14
Tatiana Kosheleva-31 of Russia v USA on 28-9-14
Bethania De La Cruz De Peña-30 of Dominican Republic v Belgium and
Lise Van Hecke-30 of Belgium v Dominican Republic on 1-10-14
Top scoring performances
33- Polina Rahimova of Azerbaijan v Japan on 23-9-14
32- Polina Rahimova of Azerbaijan v Puerto Rico on 25-9-14
31- Brankica Mihajlovic of Serbia v Bulgaria on 24-9-14
31- Tatiana Kosheleva of Russia v USA on 28-9-14
Top blocking performances
10- Kubra Akman of Turkey v Bulgaria on 25-9-14
9- Zhu Ting of China v Japan on 28-9-14
Top serving performances
6- Regla Gracia Gonzalez of Cuba v Azerbaijan on 29-9-14
5- Mizuho Ishida of Japan v Azerbaijan on 23-9-14
5- Margareta Kozuch of Germany v Croatia on 28-9-14
Top team blocking performances
24- Brazil v Turkey on 27-9-14
19- China v Japan on 28-9-14
Top team serving performances
13- Croatia v Tunisia on 27-9-14
12- Germany v Croatia on 28-9-14
Highest scoring sets
36-34 Thailand v Mexico (2nd set) on 25-9-14
34-32 USA v Russia (1st set) on 28-9-14
32-30 Netherlands v Mexico (1st set) on 28-9-14
Highest scoring matches
220- USA v Russia 3-1 (34-32, 25-19, 29-31, 26-24) on 28-9-14
218- Azerbaijan v Puerto Rico 3-2 (25-20, 24-26, 26-24, 16-25, 17-15) on 25-9-14
218- Croatia v Dominican Republic 2-3 (22-25, 13-25, 25-22, 26-24, 17-19) on 25-9-14
217- Dominican Republic v Germany 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 15-13) on 23-9-14