2018 FIVB WOMEN’S Volleyball WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Italy and China have joined Serbia as having clinched their spots in the Final 6 of the 2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championship tournament. Along with Serbia, who qualified on Tuesday and proceeded to lose their first sets, and match, of the tournament on Wednesday, with Tijana Boskovic on the bench for most of the day, that makes half of the Final 6 field set.
The remaining teams fighting for 2 spots in Pool E are Japan, Netherlands, and Brazil; while there are 2 teams fighting for 1 spot in Pool F: the US and Russia. The US, in spite of suffering their first loss of the entire tournament on Wednesday, is still on the brink of not advancing, depending on the outcome of Thursdays matches.
Teams In to the Final 6:
- #3 Serbia
- #7 Italy
- #1 China
Teams Whose Fates Are Undecided:
- #2 United States
- #4 Brazil
- #5 Russia
- #6 Japan
- #8 Netherlands
Teams Eliminated From Contention:
- #9 Dominican Republic
- #12 Turkey
- #13 Germany
- #13 Puerto Rico
- #16 Thailand
- #17 Bulgaria
- #24 Azerbaijan
- #26 Mexico
Based on FIVB World Rankings.
While the way the schedule was set up left some uninspiring matches early in round 2, it has created lots of drama at the end.
In Pool E, Japan’s big win over Serbia was a huge boost to their chances.
Serbia and the Netherlands play first, so Japan and Brazil will know exactly what they need to do to advance.
To advance, Japan needs:
- 1 set win over Brazil
To advance, the Netherlands needs:
- 1 set win over Serbia (which feels more likely now that Serbia has clinched their spot in the Final 6)
- 1 more set win than Japan (because it’s unlikely that the Netherlands will catch Brazil or Japan in points ratio), OR
- A Japanese win
To advance, Brazil needs:
- A 3-0 sweep over Japan
(Brazil has a nearly-insurmountable lead in points ratio over Netherlands, but not over Japan)
In Pool F, the US has to play an already-qualified Italy, and Russia has to play an already-qualified China, to advance. The US and Italy play first, so Russia may know if they’re eliminated before their match begins. The Americans still control their own destinies.
To Advance, the United State needs:
- A win of any score; OR
- A Russia loss of any score
To Advance, Russia needs:
- An American loss of any score; AND
- A Russia win of any score