Japan’s Women’s Coach Kumi Nakada Optimistic About Team’s Chances At The Olympics After Respectable WCH Run
The Japanese women’s volleyball team was once the sport’s strongest powerhouse
After having just flown back from Tokyo on a long Sunday (arriving at home before you left for the day…
The recently ended Women’s WCH presented fans with masterful performances from the world’s best players.
What was already a history making showing for Serbia, got that much sweeter to the tune of a five-set comeback win over Italy and the nation’s first ever FIVB Women’s World Championships title. Serbia had never finished higher than third, meanwhile Italy claims its second ever medal following a gold in 2002.
Serbia was back to full strength on Friday and rode a 29-point effort by star opposite Tijana Boskovic to a four-set win over the Netherlands to earn a spot in the Saturday’s championship match.
The two European modern powerhouses met earlier in the tournament’s 2nd round, with the Dutch coming out on top. However, Serbia was already qualified for the competition’s next round, so it rested some of its starters, such as Tijana Boskovic, the tournament’s best spiker
Serbia’s Tijana Boskovic turned in 29 points (27 kills, 2 blocks), while Italy’s Paola Egonu notched 28 as the Serbians issued Italy its first loss of the World Championships heading into the semifinals.
Serbia snapped its two-match losing skid on Sunday with a sweep of Japan to open Pool G play in the Final Six at the FIVB Women’s World Championships.
Tijana Boskovic missed her team’s last 2 matches, both losses, but participated in training on Saturday and is ready to go for the Final 6.
The star of the show thus far in the World Championships has been Italy’s Paola Egonu. The 19-year old has notched 182 total points (150 kills, 17 blocks, 15 aces) and also ranks among the top 10 in aces and kills.