Pools Set for Final 6 of 2018 Women’s Volleyball World Championships

  0 Braden Keith | October 11th, 2018 | Asian Volleyball, European volleyball, International Volleyball, News, NORCECA volleyball, U.S. Women's Volleyball

2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championships

Pool draws for the Final 6 round of the 2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championships have been finalized. Via a live-streamed drawing on Thursday night in Japan, which went much more smoothly than did the men’s, teams were broken into 2 pools of 3 teams each.

The records are wiped-clean for the 3rd round, and the top 2 teams from each pool after a round-robin tournament will advance to the semi-finals. The pools will cross-play in those semi-finals, with winners of Pool G playing runners-up of Pool H, and winners of Pool H playing runners-up of Pool G.

The schedule was set later in the evening with the influence of television producers. Namely, the hosts Japan got prime-time spots for both of their matches, and on the day that they weren’t playing, neighboring China was put into the spotlight time slot.

Final 6 (Round 3) Pools:

Pool G

  • #7 Italy
  • #6 Japan
  • #3 Serbia
Date Tokyo Time New York Time
14 Oct 19:20 6:20 Japan Serbia
15 Oct 19:20 6:20 Italy Japan
16 Oct 16:10 3:10 Italy Serbia

Analysis: the host nation Japan got a tough draw here. Italy hasn’t been beaten at these World Championships, and Serbia hadn’t lost a match until their spot in the Final 6 was clinched. There are no easy draws at this stage of the tournament, but those two teams seem to be playing at a level slightly-above the rest at this point of the tournament.Italy are the wildcards here. They are loaded with weapons, and when they’re on fire, they’re on fire. But, we haven’t seen this group put it together for a whole tournament yet. They’re incredibly young, though, so every tournament has the potential to be the one where they put it together. With a Serbian injury to Tijana Boskovic, though, this pool gets very, very interesting.

Pool H

  • #8 Netherlands
  • #1 China
  • #2 United States

Analysis: The Chinese and the USA have played thrice this year. At the Nations League, the Americans won 3-0 in pool play and 3-1 in the semi-finals. When they played last week in the 2nd round of the World Championships, however, China was dominant, taking a 3-0 sweep, hitting over 50%, and using a 9-3 blocks advantage to hold the Americans to just 39% offense. The Dutch have struggled, but put it together at the end of the tournament with a 3-0 sweep against Serbia (who admittedly had naught to play for). The Dutch have shown a lot of depth at a lot of position, and head coach Jamie Morrison has been willing to use that depth.

Watch the Draw Below:

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