Pool D continued its trend of sweeps on the final day of preliminary round action at the FIVB Women’s World Championships with Serbia, the Dominican Republic and Brazil coming up victorious.
8th-ranked Netherlands finished strong in pool play with a sweep of 26th-ranked Mexico and will enter the second round with an undefeated 5-0 mark. 6th-ranked Japan came in second in Pool A, wrapping play at 4-1 following its 3-0 win over 13th-ranked Germany.
Eight of the 12 matches on Wednesday were decided in straight sets and five teams claimed spots in the FIVB Women’s World Championships second round.
2nd-ranked United States squeaked by 16th-ranked Thailand, which was down a starter and lost its top scorer amidst the 4th set, in 5 to remain undefeated in Pool C play Wednesday.
19th-ranked Canada earned its first victory of the 2018 FIVB World Championship Wednesday, besting 25th-ranked Cuba in 4 sets to keep its second round hopes alive. 7th-ranked Italy swept 12th-ranked Turkey, while top-ranked China gave its young players valuable experience in a 4-set win against 17th-ranked Bulgaria.
Brazil secured its spot in the second round, while Kazakhstan was eliminated in Pool D on Wednesday. Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Serbia all won in sweeps.
It was a day full of strong performances for match-favored teams, as 8th-ranked Netherlands, 13th-ranked Germany and 6th-ranked Japan recorded wins in straight sets inside Yokohama Arena on Wednesday night.
Four teams punched their tickets to the second round of the FIVB World Championships with Italy and China notching Pool B wins to move through and the USA and Russia also staying perfect in Pool C to secure their spots.
With Tuesday victories, 5th-ranked Russia and 2nd-ranked USA qualified for second round action at the 2018 FIVB World Championship. 16th-ranked Thailand also notched a win, overcoming a key injury to get past Trinadad and Tobago in 4 sets.
Top-ranked China continued its dominance in Pool B, 7th-ranked Italy continued its reign over 25th-ranked Cuba and 12th-ranked Turkey swept past a ‘sorry’ 17th-ranked Bulgarian squad inside Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center in Sapporo Tuesday.