Women’s WCH Pool A Preview – The Dutch And Hosts Japan Are Favorites

  0 Liam Smith | September 28th, 2018 | International Volleyball, News


  • 29 September – 20 October
  • Schedule
  • Teams
  • Pool A – Japan, Netherlands, Argentina, Germany, Cameroon, Mexico
  • Yokohama Arena, Yokohama

Pool A Teams

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 MAX 0 0 MAX
1  Cameroon 0 0 0 0 0 MAX 0 0 MAX
1  Germany 0 0 0 0 0 MAX 0 0 MAX
1  Japan 0 0 0 0 0 MAX 0 0 MAX
1  Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 MAX 0 0 MAX
1  Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 MAX 0 0 MAX

Pool Preview

The Netherlands are the clear favorite in this pool and should be able to go 5-0 with effort to spare. Japan and Germany also should have no trouble qualifying. The last spot remaining for qualifying purposes will be hardly fought between Argentina, Cameroon, and Mexico, with Argentina getting the slight nod over its competition. All in all, this group lasts some of the luster of the other pools, and should be one of the competition’s less exciting games.

Story Lines To Watch

  • Setter Koyomi Tominaga and opposite hitter Miyu Nagaoka are both set to star in the mighty Italian A1 domestic league this season. Will they be able to show their home fans they are worthy of playing in the best league in the world?
  • Setter Laura Dijkema and opposites Celeste Plak and Lonneke Slöetjes are among the world’s best opposite hitters at their respective positions. Will their play be enough to make up for the absence of injured middle blocker Robin de Kruijf?
  • Argentina decided it was a good idea to kick off from its squad its best player and team captain just days prior to the competition. Just how much will they miss Yamila Nizetich?
  • Mauren Fromm has over 250 caps for the German team. Will a partnership with Italy bound Louisa Lippmann guarantee a second round berth?
  • Samantha Bricio, although only 23 years old, shined last year in the Italian league and is now set to star for Turkey’s Fenerbahce. However, is the lone star enough to Mexico get off the first round?
  • Cameroon is the current African Champion and one of only two African teams in the tournament. Will it be able to reproduce its continental success in this big of a stage?

Schedule (Times are UTC +9)

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
29 Sep 13:10 Mexico   Cameroon  
29 Sep 15:40 Germany   Netherlands  
29 Sep 19:20 Argentina   Japan  
30 Sep 13:40 Cameroon   Germany  
30 Sep 16:10 Argentina   Mexico  
30 Sep 19:20 Japan   Netherlands  
1 Oct 13:40 Germany   Argentina  
1 Oct 16:10 Netherlands   Cameroon  
1 Oct 19:20 Mexico   Japan  
3 Oct 13:40 Argentina   Netherlands  
3 Oct 16:10 Mexico   Germany  
3 Oct 19:20 Japan   Cameroon  
4 Oct 13:40 Netherlands   Mexico  
4 Oct 16:10 Cameroon   Argentina  
4 Oct 19:20 Germany   Japan  

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