2018 FIVB Women’s World Championships
7th-ranked Italy is atop Pool F standings with a perfect 8-0 mark, 24 points and a berth to the 3rd round of 2018 FIVB Women’s World Championship play after downing 5th-ranked Russia in 4 sets Wednesday.
Top-ranked China also punched its ticket to the 3rd round securing a sweep of the 2nd-ranked United States. The Chinese, who are 7-1 with 21 points, handed the Americans their first loss of the tournament with a dominant blocking performance and low-error volleyball.
Despite taking its first loss of the tournament Wednesday, 3rd-ranked Serbia is the only team from Pool E to qualify for 3rd round action thus far. The Serbs are 7-1 overall with 21 points.
Player of the Day: Paola Ogechi Egonu, Italy
- Statline: 25/50 hitting (50%), 2 blocks, 2 service aces
Paola Ogechi Egonu’s dominant performance against 5th-ranked Russia allowed 7th-ranked Italy to advance to the Final 6 at the 2018 FIVB Women’s World Championship and remain unblemished in the competition at 8-0.
Ogechi Egonu led the Italians with 29 points, contributing 5 or more in each set. She posted 25 kills and a .500 attack percentage, while adding 2 blocks and 2 service aces to her line.
Match of the Day: #1 China def. #2 United States 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-18)
The Chinese were strong up front, outdoing the Americans 9 to 3 on the block, and efficient overall with just 8 errors to advance to the 3rd round of 2018 FIVB Women’s World Championship action.
Top-ranked China handed 2nd-ranked United States its 1st loss of the tournament with a balanced offensive attack. Ting Zhu, Xiangyu Gong and Ni Yan all contributed double-figure point totals of 19, 14 and 11, respectively.
Quote of the Day:
Italian team captain Cristina Chirichella reiterated her team’s goal to do something special this year after her squad bested Russia in 4 sets to qualify for the 3rd round of FIVB Women’s World Championships.
After dropping the 1st set to the Russians, 25-22, Italy rattled off 3-straight victories to record the comeback.
“To lose the first set is part of the game,” Chirichella said. “We are here to be part of a great thing and we have the motivation to do a good job. It does not matter if we lose the first set. It is part of the game.”
Stat Leaders – After October 10:
- Scoring – Louisa Lippmann, Germany – 165 points
- Best Hitter – Tijana Boskovic, Serbia – 56.74%
- Best Blocker – Anna Danesi, Italy – 1.00 blocks/set
- Best Server – Samantha Bricio, Mexico – 0.65 aces/set
- Best Setter – Natalia Valentin, Puerto Rico – 7.56 assists/set
- Best Digger – Shara Venegas, Puerto Rico – 4.40 digs/set
- Best Receiver – Kelsey Robinson, United States – 52.78%
Pool-By-Pool Results and Recap Links – October 10
- Pool E – Dominican Recpublic def. Mexico 3-0, Brazil def. Netherlands 3-2, Germany def. Puerto Rico 3-1, Japan def. Serbia 3-1 (Recap)
- Pool F – Turkey def. Azerbaijan 3-1, Bulgaria def. Thailand 3-2, Italy def. Russia 3-1, China def. United States 3-0 (Recap)
Pool Standings After October 10:
October 11 Schedule:
Round 2 schedule in more time zones here.
All times listed below in local Tokyo time:
- Mexico vs. Puerto Rico – 10:40
- Germany vs. Dominican Republic – 13:25
- Netherlands vs. Serbia – 16:10
- Japan vs. Brazil – 19:20
- Bulgaria vs. Azerbaijan – 10:40
- Turkey vs. Thailand – 13:25
- Italy vs. United States – 16:10
- China vs. Russia – 19:20