Russia Repeats as WUGs Champions (Women’s) in Taipei

  0 Liam Smith | August 28th, 2017 | African Volleyball, Asian Volleyball, Brazilian Volleyball, European volleyball, International Volleyball, NORCECA volleyball, South American Volleyball, U.S. Women's Volleyball

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

FISU Recap – Defending champions Russia beat a tenacious Japanese team 3-1  (25-18, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22) on Monday to once again claim Universiade’s women’s volleyball gold. Natalia Krotkova led the way with 22 points for Russia, and was helped by Alina Pankova, with 16, and captain Natalia Malykh, with 10.  Arisa Inoue had 21 points in the losing effort.

Pankova said after the match that Japan had played strong defensively. This had forced her team to increase the intensity of its serves in the first set, leaving her players somewhat tired in the second, she said. After some jitters as Japan began closing the gap on the scoreboard, Russia steadied itself, relying on its height advantage and playing more patiently to cruise to victory.

In the bronze medal match, Chinese Taipei took the first set but lost the next two. The score was tight for much of the fourth set, with it even at 16-16, only for Ukraine to pull away and win 14-25, 25-13, 25-14, 25-21. Anastasia Chernukha had 17 points for the winners. Li-Yun Chang had 11 points in the losing effort.

Team USA finished the competition in 10th place.

Final Brackets and Classification

Final eight


5th place 5th–8th place semifinals Quaterfinals Semifinals Final
  Chinese Taipei 3
  Argentina 0
  Argentina 0   Chinese Taipei 1
  Finland 3   Japan 3
  Finland 1
  Japan 3
  Finland 3   Japan 1
  Thailand 1   Russia 3
  Russia 3
  Thailand 0
7th place   Thailand 3   Russia 3 Third place
  France 1   Ukraine 0
  Argentina 2   France 2   Chinese Taipei 1
  France 3   Ukraine 3   Ukraine 3

9th–16th places

13th place 13th–16th place semifinals 9th–16th place quarterfinals 9th–12th place semifinals 9th place
  Czech Republic 3
  Canada 1
  Canada 3   Czech Republic 2
  Mexico 0   United States 3
  Mexico 2
  United States 3
  Canada 3   United States 1
  Latvia 0   Brazil 3
  Brazil 3
  Latvia 0
15th place   Latvia 3   Brazil 3 11th place
  Colombia 0    Switzerland 0
  Mexico 3   Colombia 0   Czech Republic 0
  Colombia 1    Switzerland 3    Switzerland 3

Final Standings

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