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.
7th-ranked Italy and top-ranked China qualified for 2018 FIVB Women’s World Championship 3rd round action with victories on Wednesday night inside Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium. The Italians remain undefeated at 8-0 with 24 points, while the Russians stand at 7-1 with 21 points.
The 2nd-ranked United States outlasted a tough 5th-ranked Russia squad to finish Pool C action with a 5-0 mark inside Kobe Green Arena Thursday. The loss drops the Russians to 4-1 at the FIVB World Championship.
The injury bug has bitten 16th-ranked Thailand once again, as spiker Kongyot Ajcharaporn exited Wednesday’s match against the United States with an ankle injury in the 4th set. The leading scorer for the Thai did not return to the match, which the 2nd-ranked Americans went on to win in 5 sets.
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.
2nd-ranked USA cruised by 34th-ranked Trinadad and Tobago in straight sets, while 5th-ranked Russia outlasted 16th-ranked Thailand in 5 sets to move to 2-0 in Pool C at the 2018 FIVB World Championships on Saturday. 24th-ranked Azerbaijan earned its first victory inside Kobe Green Arena, downing 10th-ranked South Korea in 4 sets to move to 1-1 in pool play.
The Dominican Republic, in spite of being in 8th position, have a pretty clear path to the Final 6.
This week Italy and the Dominican Republic fight for their spots to get into the group of 6 and move on to the finals hosted by China.