The pool of death. Talk about bad luck. Whenever you have a pool that has in it China, Italy, and Turkey, it surely means that one of the teams will get the short end of the stick. Although all three of them will have no trouble making it to the second round, the fact that they will carry with them their Round 1 records mean that they are in trouble. Anything can happen in this pool, as it will by far be the most exciting in the competition. The bad news for Canada, Bulgaria, and Cuba is that they will have to fight like crazy just to be bottom-feeders.
Story Lines To Watch
China finished 9th in this year’s VNL, clearly showing its lack of interest in the competition. Just how fast can the team turn up the heat at this year’s WCH?
Turkey has played its whole season without team staplesGozde Kirdar, Neriman Ozsoy, and Naz Aydemir. However, the team’s performance has not lacked in any aspects of the game, as the team medaled at the NVL and Montreux Masters. A WCH medal would be a cherry on the cake of what has been so far a wonderful year for the Turkish team.
Canada had one of the worst lucks in this year’s WCH Draw. In any other group, it would be an easy 4th seed choice for round 2. But when you have to go against China, Italy, and Turkey, things tend to get harder. Can it overcome its bad luck and guarantee wins against Bulgaria and Cuba?
Can the very young Cuban team play to just 10% of its past glory? Regardless, fans just sit tight and let nostalgia kick in.
Can Bulgaria make up for the absence ofElitsa Vasileva? Probably not as her shoes are just too big to fill.