2018 FIVB Women’s World Championships
The final 6 teams are set! 8th-ranked Netherlands (8-1, 24 points), 6th-ranked Japan (7-2, 22 points) and 3rd-ranked Serbia (7-2, 21 points) emerged from Pool E, while 7th-ranked Italy (9-0, 27 points), top-ranked China (8-1, 24 points) and 2nd-ranked United States (7-2, 19 points) advanced out of Pool F.
The draw for the 3rd round of the FIVB Women’s World Championship features Italy, Japan and Serbia in Pool G and Netherlands, China and the United States in Pool H. Matches are set to begin on Oct. 14 in Noppon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan.
The Americans are the defending champions, while the Chinese claimed the Olympic championship.
Player of the Day: Paola Ogechi Egonu
- Statline: 25/50 (50%), 5 blocks, 3 service aces
Paola Ogechi Egonu continues to be a major contributor for the 7th-ranked Italians, who enter the 3rd round with a field-leading 9-0 mark and 27 points. She followed her 29-point effort against 5th-ranked Russia yesterday with an even better showing Thursday against the 2nd-ranked Americans.
Egonu registered 33 points on 25 kills, 5 blocks and 3 service aces to lead Italy to victory. She posted a .500 attack percentage (25/50) in the 4-set upset.
Match of the Day: #4 Brazil def. #6 Japan 3-2 (23-25, 16-25, 28-26, 25-21, 15-11)
With qualification on the line for both countries, this had to be the match of the day. The 4th-ranked Brazilians needed a sweep of 6th-ranked Japan to advance to the final 6, while the Japanese needed to win at least a set.
The Japanese rattled off 8 of the final 9 points to secure the opening set 25-23 and dash the Brazilians hopes of seeing 3rd round action. They added a strong 25-16 victory in the 2nd set.
Though down, Brazil was not ready to be counted out as the team came out on top of the extended 3rd set 28-26. The Brazilians went on to win the 4th and 5th by scores of 25-21 and 15-11, respectively, to earn the comeback victory.
Quote of the Day:
After an 11-year career with the German National Team, Maren Fromm retired on Thursday. The 32-year-old, who has been a member of the national team since 2007, was named German Player of the Year twice (2015, 2016) and is a 2-time European Championship silver medalist (2011, 2013).
Fromm had the following to say after the Germans fell to the Dominican Republic to close out FIVB Women’s World Championship play.
“I’m a bit emotional,” Fromm said. “It was my last game. This farewell showed what our team is about. My heart is bleeding because I have to leave, but the team will grow without me. It will be better not to have me as a mother always around.”
Stat Leaders – After October 11:
- Scoring – Paola Ogechi Egonu, Italy – 186 points
- Best Hitter – Tijana Boskovic, Serbia – 56.74%
- Best Blocker – Anna Danesi, Italy – 0.90 blocks/set
- Best Server – Polina Rahimova, Azerbaijan – 0.67 aces/set
- Best Setter – Natalia Valentin, Puerto Rico – 6.86 assists/set
- Best Digger – Shara Venegas, Puerto Rico – 4.30 digs/set
- Best Receiver – Mako Kobata, Japan – 46.36%
Pool-By-Pool Results and Recap Links – October 11
- Pool E: Netherlands def. Serbia 3-0, Brazil def. Japan 3-2, Puerto Rico def. Mexico 3-1, Dominican Republic def. Germany 3-0 (Recap)
- Pool F: Italy def. United States 3-1, China def. Russia 3-1, Turkey def. Thailand 3-1, Bulgaria def. Azerbaijan 3-0 (Recap)
Final Pool Standings:
October 14 Schedule:
Round 3 schedule in more time zones here.
All times listed below in Tokyo time:
- Japan vs. Serbia – 19:20
- China vs. United States – 16:10