Sarina Koga and the Japanese women had almost 9,000 spectators per match in the opening round of the 2018 Women’s Volleyball World Championship tournament.
7th-ranked Italy rallied all the way back for a 3-1 upset victory after dropping the opening set to top-ranked China. The Italians complete pool play with a perfect 5-0 mark, while the Chinese drop to 4-1 heading to the second round of FIVB World Championship action.
After a two-year run that included leading Canada to an all-time best finish at the 2017 World League, Stephane Antiga has resigned as the head coach of the VolleyMaples.
Maret Balkestein-Grothues led Netherlands to a 3-2 win over Japan on Sunday, giving them the Pool A lead.
Zhu Ting led China to another 3-0 win, while Bulgaria and Italy also picked up sweeps.
The first day was a day of firsts in Japan, including Trinidad & Tobago’s first-ever World Championship match.
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Xinyue Yuan (#1) led all players from all pools with 7 blocks on day 1 of the 2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championships.
Canada will only send a girls’ team to the tournament: the pair of Erika Vermette/Dana Roskic, who finished 5th at the 2018 U18 FIVB Beach Championships.
Bartosz Kurek led Poland into the Third Round with a 21 performance over Serbia that included 5 aces.
Dan McDonnell moved to the outside for the United States in their 3-0 sweep over Iran. The United States are a perfect 8-0 so far in the World Championships.
John Gordon Perrin is now the top-scorer of the World Championships. He led all players with 31 points against Iran on Saturday.
Aaron Russell put in a stellar performance against Bulgaria to clinch a spot in Round 3.
Canada is going into the WCH without Marisa Field
Aleksandar Atanasijevic tied a point-scoring record against France on Friday.
Micah Christenson set an efficient offense, and Matt Anderson led the scoring in a 3-0 win over Canada.
A group of talented newcomers will join the returning veterans for Marcello Abbondanza’s Canadian team.
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