2018 FIVB Women’s World Championships
Eight of the 12 matches on Wednesday were decided in straight sets.
The final day of Pool C will determine seeding as the top four teams have already been decided with Thailand and Azerbaijan mathematically eliminating South Korea and Trinidad and Tobago with Wednesday’s results. The United States will play Russia on Thursday with both teams coming in at 4-0 and with 12 points. Thailand and Azerbaijan will also meet on Thursday to decide the third and fourth seeds.
More spots in the second round were claimed as Germany sewed up its spot as the No. 3 team in Pool A, Turkey grabbed a seat out of Pool B and Brazil claimed the second spot out of Pool D.
Match of the Day: USA def. Thailand 3-2 (25-17, 25-16, 23-25, 21-25, 15-11)
The Americans survived a scare from Thailand with help from Michelle Bartsch-Hackley‘s 23 points and Foluke Akinradewo‘s 17-point efforts. Three other players managed double-digit point totals: Rachael Adams (14), Kelly Murphy (14) and Jordan Larson (10). Akinradewo put up a team-best seven blocks, while Bartsch-Hackley added five stuffs. Adams was the best server with three aces, while Akinradewo chipped in two.
Thailand got 23 points, all on kills, from Ajcharaporn Kongyot over the first four sets before exiting the match with an ankle injury. Missing Pimpichaya Kokram due to a right knee injury, the team got double-digit efforts from Pleumjit Thinkaow (14), Malika Kanthong (14) and Wilavan Apinyapong (13). Just four of the points by the quartet came on blocks and aces.
Team USA piled up 17 blocks and eight aces to overcome a 65-60 deficit in kills.
The Americans followed Murphy’s lead to an 8-6 lead in Set 5 and Kim Hill pounded a kill down the middle to seal the victory and keep the team perfect at 4-0.
Player of the Day
Azerbaijan’s Polina Rahimova cranked out 27 points with 25 kills, a block and an ace in the team’s sweep of Trinidad and Tobago. The effort not only led her team to victory but put her atop the tournament’s scoring list with 93 points (76 kills, 7 blocks, 10 aces).
Quote of the Day
“Big congratulations to Italy,” Turkish coach Giovanni Guidetti said after his team’s 3-0 loss. “I think if they were to play like this in 10 matches, we would be lucky to win once. Their level of volleyball was very high and they were better than us in all parts of the game. They gave us no chance. You have to respect your opponent when they are better than you.”
Stat Leaders – After October 3
- Best Scorer – Polina Rahimova, Azerbaijan – 93 points (76 kills, 7 blocks, 10 aces)
- Best Spiker – Miryam Fatime Sylla, Italy – 63.79% success
- Best Blocker – Irina Koroleva, Russia – 1.21 per set
- Best Server – Polina Rahimova, Azerbaijan – 0.77 per set
- Best Setter – Natalia Valentin, Puerto Rico – 14.25 per set
- Best Digger – Shara Venegas, Puerto Rico – 4.25 per set
- Best Receiver – Kelsey Robinson, USA – 55.56% efficiency
Pool by Pool Results and Recap Links – October 3
- Pool A – Netherlands def. Argentina 3-0; Germany def. Mexico 3-0; Japan def. Cameroon 3-0 (Recap)
- Pool B – Italy def. Turkey 3-0; Canada def. Cuba 3-1; China def. Bulgaria 3-1 (Recap)
- Pool C – Azerbaijan def. Trinidad & Tobago 3-0; Russia def. South Korea 3-0; United States def. Thailand 3-2 (Recap)
- Pool D – Dominican Republic def. Puerto Rico 3-0; Serbia def. Kazakhstan 3-0; Brazil def. Kenya 3-0 (Recap)
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