Women’s WCH Pool D Preview – Brazil And Serbia Are Favorites

  0 Liam Smith | September 29th, 2018 | International Volleyball, News


  • 29 September – 20 October
  • Schedule
  • Teams
  • Pool D – Brazil, Serbia, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Kazakhstan, Kenya
  • Hamamatsu Arena, Hamamatsu

Pool D Teams

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Brazil 0 0 0 0 0 MAX 0 0 MAX
1  Dominican Republic 0 0 0 0 0 MAX 0 0 MAX
1  Kazakhstan 0 0 0 0 0 MAX 0 0 MAX
1  Kenya 0 0 0 0 0 MAX 0 0 MAX
1  Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0 0 MAX 0 0 MAX
1  Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 MAX 0 0 MAX

Pool Preview

This group will be a piece of cake for Brazil and Serbia, as both teams should run through its competition, although the current Olympic silver medalists and European Champions should have the edge and finish in first place. Of the remaining teams, the Dominican Republic should grab the third seed, while Puerto Rico, which really lucked out in the pool drawings, will probably beat out Kazakhstan and Kenya to close off the pool.

Story Lines To Watch

  • Brazil has won 2 Olympic, 2 Grand Champions Cup, and 12 Grand Prix gold medals, but it has never won an WCH title. Does the streak end this year?
  • Serbia is one of the hardest hitting teams in the world and plays the volleyball of the future. It is taking to the WCH most of its 2016 Olympic silver medal roster, so fans can expect something great to happen.
  • The Dominican Republic is a fun, athletic team to follow. Although that doesn’t always translate into wins, seeing one of the best liberos in the world in Brenda Castillo and athletic freaks such as Brayelin Martinez is always an spectacle in itself.
  • Once the strongest team in the African continent, the Kenyan team has stalled recently. There has been complaints within the team about the country’s volleyball federation lack of funding of the sport just a few days prior to its trip to Japan. Will it affect the players?
  • Puerto Rico announced Jose Mieles as its new head coach just weeks prior to the tournament. Did he have time to organize its squad, or will the team be a big mess?
  • Kazakhstan has started to be relevant in Asian play. Will it translate to the big stages?

Schedule (Times are UTC +9)

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
29 Sep 13:40 Puerto Rico   Brazil  
29 Sep 16:10 Dominican Republic   Serbia  
29 Sep 19:20 Kazakhstan   Kenya  
30 Sep 13:40 Brazil   Dominican Republic  
30 Sep 16:10 Kazakhstan   Puerto Rico  
30 Sep 19:20 Kenya   Serbia  
1 Oct 13:40 Dominican Republic   Kazakhstan  
1 Oct 16:10 Puerto Rico   Kenya  
1 Oct 19:20 Serbia   Brazil  
3 Oct 13:40 Puerto Rico   Dominican Republic  
3 Oct 16:10 Kazakhstan   Serbia  
3 Oct 19:20 Kenya   Brazil  
4 Oct 13:40 Serbia   Puerto Rico  
4 Oct 16:10 Dominican Republic   Kenya  
4 Oct 19:20 Brazil   Kazakhstan  

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