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.
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.
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.
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.