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Group 1 leaders prevail with 3-1 scorelines on Day 8

 
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 12, 2015 – Group 1 leaders Brazil, China and USA were able to keep their win-records intact but went through some tough moments as they each dropped a set on Day 8 of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix.

Key Points

• Brazil are on a 5-0 winning streak and are on top of Pool D.
• China have six points, while Japan have four points; their next match will be a decider for Pool E leadership. 
• USA are off to a great start in this edition with five victories so far.
• Netherlands are still unbeaten in Group 2.
• Puerto Rico received five points in their two victories in Pool M.

In Group 1, Brazil lost its focus in the second set but regained it in the succeeding sets to gain a 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 25-14, 25-19) win over their guests Thailand, while Germany experienced a similar fortune as Brazil as they recorded a 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-21, 25-15) victory over Belgium in Pool D. In Pool E, China downed Italy 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-16, 25-19) to retain an undefeated record, while Japan swept Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-15) to get a 1-1 win-loss record in Saitama. Pool F action in Kaliningrad highlighted USA’s victory over Turkey 3-1 (25-12, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21), and Russia’s dominance in the tiebreaker against Serbia 3-2 (25-23, 17-25, 20-25, 26-24, 15-8).

In Group 2, Poland bounced back in Pool L with a 3-1 (25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 27-25) win over Canada, while the Netherlands escaped a tough 3-2 (25-21, 25-18, 20-25, 26-28, 15-12) match with hosts Argentina in Formosa. In Pool M, Puerto Rico won 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-17) in their first-ever encounter with Croatia, while Czech Republic prevailed 3-2 (25-23, 18-25, 25-17, 18-25, 15-11) against hosts Bulgaria in Samokov.

Meanwhile, in Group 3, Peru is one win away from returning to Group 2 after they took a straight-set (25-16, 25-17, 25-19) win over Colombia, while Kenya overcame a slow start to gain a 3-1 (18-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-14) win over hosts Australia.

Top scoring performances
• 33 – Karina Ocasio of Puerto Rico v Czech Republic (July 10)
• 31 – Melissa Vargas of Cuba v Colombia (July 5)
• 28 – Judith Pietersen of Netherlands v Argentina (July 11)
• 28 – Lonneke Sloetjes of Netherlands v Argentina (July 11)
• 28 – Sarina Koga of Japan v Italy (July 10)
• 28 – Zhu Ting of China v Russia (July 5)
• 28 - Dulce Carranza of Mexico v Algeria (July 4)
• 26 – Nataliya Goncharova of Russia v Serbia (July 11)
• 26 – Karina Ocasio of Puerto Rico v Bulgaria (July 5)
• 26 – Mercy Moim of Kenya v Algeria (July 5)
• 25 – Valentina Diouf of Italy v China (July 11)
• 25 – Nataliya Goncharova of Russia v China (July 5)
• 25 - Neriman Ozsoy of Turkey v USA (July 4)
• 24 – Polen Uslupehlivan of Turkey v Russia (July 11)
• 24 – Yuliya Stoyanova of Bulgaria v Czech Republic (July 11)
• 24 - Karina Ocasio of Puerto Rico v Poland (July 4)
• 24 - Tabitha Love of Canada v Bulgaria (July 4)
• 23 – Brankica Mihajlovic of Serbia v Turkey (July 10)
• 23 – Dulce Carranza of Mexico v Australia (July 5)
• 23 – Sarina Koga of Japan v Serbia (July 5)
• 23 - Karsta Lowe of USA v Turkey (July 4)
• 23 - Melissa Teresa Vargas Abreu of Cuba v Kazakhstan (July 3)
• 23 - Melissa Teresa Vargas Abreu of Cuba v Kazakhstan (June 28)
• 22 – Margareta Kozuch of Germany v Belgium (July 11)
• 22 – Tabitha Love of Canada v Argentina (July 10)
• 22 – Onuma Sittirak of Thailand v Germany (July 10)
• 22 – Krista Vansant of USA v Belgium (July 5)
• 22 – Marta Drpa of Serbia v Japan (July 5)
• 22 - Andrea Rangel of Mexico v Algeria (July 4)
• 22 - Eva Yaneva of Bulgaria v Canada (July 4)
• 22 – Judith Pietersen of Netherlands v Czech Republic (June 26)
• 22 – Angela Leyva of Peru v Kenya (June 26)
• 21 – Kimberly Hill of USA v Turkey (July 11)
• 21 - Zhu Ting of China v Germany (July 4)
• 21 - Safia Boukhima of Algeria v Mexico (July 4)
• 20 – Angela Leyva of Peru v Colombia (June 27)
• 20 – Andrea Rangel of Mexico v Kenya (June 27)
• 20 – Nataliya Goncharova of Russia v Germany (July 3)

Top scoring performances by team
• 114 – Italy v Japan (July 10)
• 111 – Netherlands v Argentina (July 11)
• 108 – Bulgaria v Croatia (July 10)
• 108 – Czech Republic v Puerto Rico (July 10)
• 108 – Puerto Rico v Bulgaria (July 5)
• 108 – Kenya v Algeria (July 5)
• 108 - Mexico v Algeria (July 4)
• 106 – Bulgaria v Puerto Rico (July 5)
• 106 – Algeria v Australia (July 3)
• 106 – Kenya v Mexico (June 27)
• 105 – Serbia v Russia (July 11)
• 104 – Argentina v Netherlands (July 11)
• 103 – Russia v Serbia (July 11)
• 103 – Canada v Argentina (July 10)
• 103 – Japan v Italy (July 10)
• 103 - Cuba v Kazakhstan (June 28)
• 103 – Thailand v Serbia (July 3)
• 102 – Croatia v Bulgaria (July 10)
• 101 – Czech Republic v Bulgaria (July 11)
• 101 – Bulgaria v Czech Republic (July 11)
• 100 – Puerto Rico v Czech Republic (July 10)
• 100 – Australia v Algeria (July 3)
• 100 – USA v Italy (July 3)
• 100 – Serbia v Thailand (July 3)
• 99 - Kazakhstan v Cuba (June 28)
• 94 – Peru v Colombia (June 27)
• 92 – Mexico v Kenya (June 27)

Top blocking performances
• 10 – Zuzanna Efimienko of Poland v Canada (July 5)
• 9 – Agnieszka Kakolewska of Poland v Bulgaria (July 3)
• 9 - Daymara Lescay Cajigal of Cuba v Kazakhstan (June 28)
• 7 – Sophie Godfrey of Australia v Kenya (July 11)
• 7 – Jaimie Thiebeault of Canada v Argentina (July 10)
• 7 - Ruth Jepngetich of Kenya v Algeria (July 5)
• 7 - Ruth Jepngetich of Kenya v Australia (July 4)
• 7 – Katarina Osadchuk of Australia v Algeria (July 3)
• 7 – Ivonne Daniela Montano of Colombia v Peru (June 27)
• 6 – Yvon Belien of Netherlands v Argentina (July 11)
• 6 – Milena Rasic of Serbia v Russia (July 11)
• 6 – Milena Rasic of Serbia v Turkey (July 10)
• 6 – Cristina Chirichella of Italy v Japan (July 10)
• 6 – Alena Rojas of Cuba v Colombia (July 5)
• 6 - Zuzzanna Efimienko of Poland v Puerto Rico (July 4)
• 6 - Sharice Marcelle of Canada v Bulgaria
• 6 - Mira Todorova of Bulgaria v Canada (July 4)
• 6 - Ana Carolina Da Silva of Brazil v Serbia (July 4)
• 5 – Yael Castiglione of Argentina v Netherlands (July 11)
• 5 – Clarivet Yilescas of Peru v Colombia (July 11)
• 5 – Everlyn Makuto of Kenya v Australia (July 11)
• 5 – Laura Heyman of Belgium v Germany (July 11)
• 5 – Joyce Silva of Brazil v Thailand (July 11)
• 5 – Gabriela Koeva of Bulgaria v Czech Republic (July 11)
• 5 – Tamara Susic of Croatia v Puerto Rico (July 11)
• 5 – Karina Ocasio of Puerto Rico v Croatia (July 11)
• 5 – Lucille Charuk of Canada v Argentina (July 10)
• 5 – Dana Cranston of Canada v Argentina (July 10)
• 5 – Michaela Mlejnkova of Czech Republic v Puerto Rico (July 10)
• 5 – Sophie Godfrey of Australia v Mexico (July 5)
• 5 – Yuan Xinyue of China v Russia (July 5)
• 5 – Juciely Cristina Barreto of Brazil v Thailand (July 5)
• 5 – Marie Scholzel of Germany v Dominican Republic (July 5)
• 5 – Samanta Fabris of Croatia v Mexico (July 3)
• 5 – Ruth Jepngetich of Kenya v Mexico (July 3)
• 5 – Ana Carolina da Silva of Brazil v Japan (July 3)
• 5 – Mina Popovic of Serbia v Thailand (July 3)
• 5 - Cindy Maria Ramirez of Colombia v Kenya (June 28)
• 5 – Sana Anarkulova of Kazakhstan v Australia (June 27)

Top blocking performances by team
• 25 – Canada v Argentina (July 10)
• 21 – Italy v Japan (July 10)
• 21 – Poland v Bulgaria (July 3)
• 20 – Brazil v Thailand (July 11)
• 20 – Kenya v Algeria (July 5)
• 19 – Argentina v Netherlands (July 11)
• 19 – Czech Republic v Puerto Rico (July 10)
• 19 – Puerto Rico v Bulgaria (July 5)
• 18 – Serbia v Turkey (July 10)
• 18 - Canada v Bulgaria (July 4)
• 17 – Netherlands v Argentina (July 11)
• 17 – Croatia v Bulgaria (July 10)
• 17 – Poland v Canada (July 5)
• 17 - Mexico v Algeria (July 4)
• 16 – Czech Republic v Bulgaria (July 11)
• 16 – Argentina v Canada (July 10)
• 16 – Germany v Dominican Republic (July 5)
• 16 - Russia v Dominican Republic (July 4)
• 16 – Algeria v Australia (July 3)
• 16 – Brazil v Japan (July 3)
• 16 – Colombia v Peru (June 27)
• 15 – Brazil v Belgium (July 10)
• 15 – Turkey v Serbia (July 10)
• 15 – China v Russia (July 5)
• 15 - Puerto Rico v Poland (July 4)
• 15 – Serbia v Thailand (July 3)
• 15 – Peru v Colombia (June 27)
• 14 – Kenya v Australia (July 11)
• 14 – Russia v Serbia (July 11)
• 14 - Bulgaria v Czech Republic (July 11)
• 14 - Bulgaria v Canada (July 4)
• 14 - Kenya v Australia (July 4)
• 14 – Russia v Germany (July 3)
• 14 – Italy v USA (July 3)
• 13 – USA v Italy (July 3)
• 13 - Cuba v Kazakhstan (June 28)
• 13 – Mexico v Kenya (June 27)
• 13 – Kazakhstan v Australia (June 27)

Top serving performances
• 7 – Jennifer Alvarez of Cuba v Kazakhstan (July 3)
• 5 – Kimberly Hill of USA v Turkey (July 11)
• 5 – Caterina Bosetti of Italy v China (July 11)
• 5 – Jennifer Lundquist of Canada v Argentina (July 10)
• 5 – Stephanie Enright of Puerto Rico v Bulgaria (July 5)
• 5 – Michaela Mjlenkova of Czech Republic v Argentina (July 5)
• 5 - Carla Rueda of Peru v Cuba (July 4)
• 5 – Melissa Vargas of Cuba v Kazakhstan (July 3)
• 5 – Angela Leyva of Peru v Kenya (June 26)

Top serving performances by team
• 11 – Canada v Argentina (July 10)
• 11 – Algeria v Kenya (July 5)
• 10 – Argentina v Canada (July 10)
• 10 – Croatia v Bulgaria (July 10)
• 10 – China v Dominican Republic (July 10)
• 10 – Colombia v Cuba (July 5)
• 10 – Czech Republic v Argentina (July 5)
• 10 – Cuba v Kazakhstan (July 3)
• 10 - Kazakhstan v Cuba (June 28)
• 9 – Bulgaria v Croatia (July 10)
• 9 – Puerto Rico v Bulgaria (July 5)
• 9 – Poland v Canada (July 5)
• 9 - Cuba v Kazakhstan (June 28)
• 9 – Cuba v Algeria (June 27)
• 9 – Cuba v Australia (June 26)
• 9 – Kenya v Mexico (June 27)

Highest scorer by round
• Day 1: 22 – Angela Leyva of Peru v Kenya (June 26)
• Day 2: 20 – Andrea Rangel of Mexico v Kenya (June 27);  Angela Leyva of Peru v Colombia (June 27)
• Day 3: 23 - Melissa Teresa Vargas Abreu of Cuba v Kazakhstan (June 28)
• Day 4: 23 – Melissa Teresa Vargas Abreu of Cuba v Kazakhstan (July 3)
• Day 5: 28 - Dulce Carranza of Mexico v Algeria (July 4)
• Day 6: 31 – Melissa Vargas of Cuba v Colombia (July 5)
• Day 7: 33 – Karina Ocasio of Puerto Rico v Czech Republic (July 10)
• Day 8: 27 – Judith Pietersen and Lonneke Sloetjes of Netherlands v Argentina (July 11)

Highest set score
• Day 1: Kazakhstan v Algeria, 25-23; Peru v Kenya, 25-23 (June 26)
• Day 2: Peru v Colombia, 25-22 (June 27)
• Day 3: Kazakhstan v Cuba, 26-24 (June 28)
• Day 4: Brazil v Japan, 27-25 (July 3)
• Day 5: Peru v Cuba, 25-23 (July 4)
• Day 6: Japan v Serbia, 28-26; Poland v Canada, 28-26 (July 5)
• Day 7: Canada v Argentina, 31-29 (July 10)
• Day 8: Argentina v Netherlands, 28-26 (July 11)

Highest scoring matches
• Day 1: Kazakhstan v Algeria (June 26) (25-22, 25-17, 25-20) – 135 
• Day 2: Mexico v Kenya (June 27) (16-25, 25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 9-15) – 198 
• Day 3: Kazakhstan v Cuba (June 28) (25-16, 12-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-13) – 212 
• Day 4: Algeria v Australia (July 3) (25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 20-25, 15-10) – 207 
• Day 5: Mexico v Algeria (July 4) (25-20, 22-25, 25-14, 21-25, 15-13) – 205
• Day 6: Puerto Rico v Bulgaria (July 5) (19-25, 25-27, 25-20, 25-18, 14-16) – 214
• Day 7: Japan v Italy (July 10) (15-25, 25-23, 27-25, 24-26, 12-15) – 217
• Day 8: Argentina v Netherlands (July 11) (21-25, 18-25, 25-20, 28-26, 15-12) - 215

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