Russia and Japan Will Battle it out for the Gold in WUGs (Women’s)

  0 Liam Smith | August 26th, 2017 | African Volleyball, Asian Volleyball, Brazilian Volleyball, European volleyball, International Volleyball, NORCECA volleyball, South American Volleyball, U.S. Men's National Team

2017 Taipei Summer Universiade (World University Games) – Women’s Tournament

The finalists are set in Taipei’s Universiade as Russia will face off against Japan for the gold medal. Sadly, for the home crowd of 5,000 people that went to the game, Taipei’s dream of reaching the finals were met short in the semifinals.

Team USA was also in uniform today, albeit in the tournament’s less glamorous 9th – 12th playoffs, and beat the Czech Republic after trailing 2-0 in the first two sets. Former Alabama and VolleyMob All-America third team and  AVCA All-American Honorable Mention Krystal Rivers continued her stellar trip to Taipei with 26 points in the effort.

Although Team USA made the trip to Universiade with a weak roster, unlike the men’s team, which is star-studded and loaded with players from big-time California schools (where classes start later in the year), its players have been showing a lot of heart and fighting spirit, winning multiple games at the tie break.


Russia beat Ukraine 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-21) behind Natalia Kortokova’s and Alina Pankova’s 13 points. Anastasia Chernukha also had 13 points, but in the losing effort.

Japan beat hosts Taipei 3-1 (25-27, 25-19, 25-15, 25-17) behind Arisa Inoue’s 22 points. Tzu-Ya had 12 points in the losing effort.

5th – 8th Play-offs

Thailand beat France 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 18-25, 25-19) behind Watchareeya Nuanjam’s 18 points. Juliete Fiddon had 22 points in the losing effort.

Finland beat Argentina 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-21) behind Piia Korhonen‘s 23 points. Mariangeles Cossar had 11 points in the losing effort.

9th – 12th Play-offs

Brazil beat Switzerland 3-0 (29-27, 25-11, 25-14) behind Mayhara Silva’s 11 points. Laura Kuenzler had 19 points in the losing effort.

Team USA defeated the Czech Republic 3-2 (20-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-11, 15-11) behind Krystal Rivers‘s 26 points. Martina Michalikova also had 26 points, but in the losing effort.

13th – 16th Play-offs

Latvia beat Colombia 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-15) behind Alise Pastare’s and Ieva Tetere’s ten points. Wendy Cordoba had 13 points in the losing effort.

Canada beat Mexico 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-17) behind Danielle Brisebois‘s and Alina Dormann’s 11 points. Claudia Rios had 12 points in the losing effort.



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