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.
It’s on to the 3rd round of the 2018 FIVB Women’s World Championship for 7th-ranked Italy (9-0, 27 points), top-ranked China (8-1, 24 points) and the 2nd-ranked United States (7-2, 19 points). The Italians bested the Americans, who squeaked in after the Chinese knocked off the Russians Thursday night.
While Brankica Mihajlovic (above) has played through some knee pain, Tijana Boskovic has sat out the team’s last 2 contests with an abdominal injury.
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.” – German captain Maren Fromm said in the final press conference of her 11-year career with the national team.
The Netherlands and Japan did what they needed to do to cement their spots in the World Championships Final Six and then some, each leapfrogging Serbia for the top two spots in Pool E.
The Americans and the Chinese will meet for the 4th time this summer. The Chinese have won 2 of those matches.
The Dutch women not only locked up a spot with a 3-0 sweep of Serbia, but won their group on Thursday.
Fans will remember that Serbia’s male team was likewise accused of throwing a match against Poland in the recently ended Men’s WCH in order to harm France’s chance at advancing in the competition.
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