WATCH LIVE: USA vs. Brazil for Grand Champions Cup Silver

  0 Braden Keith | September 09th, 2017 | Brazilian Volleyball, International Volleyball, News, NORCECA volleyball, South American Volleyball, U.S. Women's Volleyball, Video


While the scheduled at the single-elimination, round-robin World Grand Champions Cup is predetermined, it just so happens that a single match on Sunday, the last day of the tournament, will likely decide which teams earns a bronze medal and which team earns silver.

The United States and Brazil will play in the middle match of the final day of competition in Nagoya. While China, thanks to a perfect 4-0, 11-point start to the tournament, has already locked up gold, 2nd through 5th place positions in the elite invite-only tournament are still very much up in the air.

That includes the silver medal. The winner of the USA vs. Brazil match on Sunday will be guaranteed the silver medal, regardless of the final set or point outcome.

The loser will likely end up with the bronze medal, though it’s not a guarantee. If Brazil loses and Japan were to upset China, then the bronze medal would belong to China, regardless of the scores. If the United States loses 3-0 or 3-1, then they could be knocked out of bronze medal position by a Japan win over China. If the US loses 3-2, then Japan would have to win 3-0 or 3-1 to take away the bronze medal. In the latter scenario, Japan could technically catch the US with a 3-2 win, but that would require them to make up a lot of ground on the points ratio against China – a team that hasn’t lost, playing their last match of the summer in front of a home crowd. In other words: not likely.

The United States vs. Brazil match will start at 14:40 local time on Sunday, which is 2:40 AM New York time, 3:40 AM Rio time, or 5:40 AM GMT.

Editor’s note: Video not made available in the United States. If you are not in the United States, but an error in YouTube’s geolocation service is still blocking your access, you can use a program like TunnelBear to redirect to the proper country.

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Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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