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Hosting teams open pools with victories

 
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 16, 2015 - Hosting teams Italy, China and Germany recorded victories in the opening matches in pools G, H and I. All of the matches ended in straight sets - just a taster of what is coming on the last weekend before the Final Round of the 2015 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix. 

Key points
- Hosting teams begin the weekend with a victory
- All of the matches ended in straight sets
- China dominated both individual and team statistics among all pools
- Block was the teams strongest weapon on Friday
- Brazil, China and USA remain on top of the Group 1 thus far

The last weekend of the intercontinental round for Group 1 was opened by a series of straight sets matches.

In Pool G, Brazil dominated the match against Russia 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-17), while Italy defeated Belgium, making a come-back in the second set from 15-20 to 26-24 and wrapping up the game 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-14). 

Pool H presented the spectators with victories from volleyball powerhouses USA and China. The hosting team showed a great performance in block and despite a difficult and intense end to the match, closed it at 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 27-25). Japan fought hard against the USA, but the North Americans remained better by a few points, winning 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 26-24). 

In pool I in Stuttgart, Serbia won over Turkey 3-0 (25-20, 25-1, 25-19) giving their opponents no chance to respond in the game. Germany, supported by the local fans, found a way to overpower the Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-18). 

To see the match galleries, read the full match live commentary and post-match comments, visit the match pages:

Pool G:

Pool H:

Pool I:


Top scoring performances:
24 - Zhu Ting of China vs Thailand (pool H)
19 - Natalia Malykh of Russia vs Brazil (pool G)
17 - Yuan Xinyue of China vs Thailand (pool H)
17 - Cristina Barreto of Brazil vs Russia (pool G)
17 - Valentina Diouf of Italy vs Belgium (pool G)
15 - Tijana Bockovic of Serbia vs Turkey (pool I)
15 - Charlotte Leys of Belgium vs Italy (pool G)
15 - Kimberly Hill of USA vs Japan (pool H)
14 - Onuma Sittirak of Thailand vs China (pool H)
14 - Polen Uslupehlivan of Turkey vs Serbia (pool I)
13 - Milena Rasic of Serbia vs Turkey (pool I)
13 - Sarina Koga of Japan vs USA (pool H)
12 - Miyu Nagaoka of Japan vs USA (pool H)
12 - Christa Harmotto of USA vs Japan (pool H)
12 - Maren Brinker of Germany vs Dominican Republic (pool I)
11 - Margareta Kozuch of Germany vs Dominican Republic (pool I)
11 - Jovana Stevanovic of Serbia vs Turkey (pool I)
11 - Murphy Kelly of USA vs Japan (pool H)
11 - Malika Kanthong of Thailand vs China (pool H)
10 - Ishii Yuki of Japan vs USA pool (H)
10 - Wiebke Silge of Germany vs Dominican Republic (pool I)
10 - Valentina Arrighetti of Italy vs Belgium (pool G)

Top scoring performances by team:
77 - China vs Thailand (pool H)
76 - USA vs Japan (pool H)
76 - Italy vs Belgium (pool G)
75 - Serbia vs Turkey (pool I)
75 - Brazil vs Russia (pool G)
75 - Germany vs Dominican Republic (pool I)
69 - Japan vs USA (pool H)
57 - Thailand vs China (pool H)
55 - Turkey vs Serbia (pool I)
55 - Belgium vs Italy (pool G)
49 - Russia vs Brazil (pool G)
41 - Dominican Republic vs Germany (pool I)

Top blocking performances:
9 - Yuan Xinyue of China vs Thailand (pool H)
4 - Cristina Barreto of Brazil vs Russia (pool G)
3 - Nur Yurtdagulen of Turkey vs Serbia (pool I)
3 - Tijana Boskovic of Serbia vs Turkey (pool I)
3 - Valentina Arrighetti of Italy vs Belgium (pool G)
3 - Valentina Diouf of Italy vs Belgium (pool G)
3 - Christa Harmotto of USA vs Japan (pool H)
2 - Wilavan Apinyapong of Thailand vs China (pool H)
2 - Bianka Busa of Serbia vs Turkey (pool I)
2 - Milena Rasic of Serbia vs turkey (pool I)
2 - Molly Kreklow of USA vs Japan (pool H)
2 - Jordan Larson-Burbach of USA vs Japan (pool H)
2 - Miyu Nagaoka of Japan vs USA (pool H)
2 - Ishii Yuki of Japan vs USA (pool H)
2 - Charlotte Leys of Belgium vs Italy (pool G)
2 - Yana Shcherban of Russia vs Brazil (pool G)
2 - Ilka Van De Vijver of Belgium vs Italy (pool G)
2 - Cristina Chirichella of Italy vs Belgium (pool G)
2 - Maren Brinker of Germany vs Dominican Republic (pool I)
2 - Anja Brandt of Germany vs Dominican Republic (pool I)
2 - Erasma Martinez of Dominican Republic vs Germany (pool I)

Top blocking performances by team:
21 - China vs Thailand (pool H)
12 - Brazil vs Russia (pool G)
12 - Serbia vs Turkey (pool I)
11 - Italy vs Belgium (pool G)
9 - USA vs Japan (pool H)
9 - Germany vs Dominican Republic (pool I)
7 - Belgium vs Italy (pool G)
6 - Japan vs USA (pool H)
4 - Russia vs Brazil (pool G)
4 - Turkey vs Serbia (pool I)
2 - Thailand vs China (pool H)
2 - Dominican Republic vs Germany (pool I)

Top serving performances:
6 - Kimberly Hill of USA vs Japan (pool H)
4 - Zhu Ting of China vs Thailand (pool H)
3 - Jovana Stevanovic of Serbia vs Turkey (pool I)
3 - Silge Wiebke of Germany vs Dominican Republic (pool I)
2 - Valentina Arrighetti of Italy vs Belgium (pool G)
2 - Celine Van Gestel of Belgium vs Italy (pool G)
2 - Saori Kimura of Japan vs USA (pool H)
2 - Haruyo Shimamura of Japan (pool H)
2 - Ceneida Gonzalez of Dominican Republic vs Germany (pool I)
2 - Nur Yurtdagulen of turkey vs Serbia (pool I)
2 - Maja Savic of Serbia vs turkey (pool I)
2 - Tijana Boskovic of Serbia vs Turkey (pool I)

Top serving performances by team:
10 - Serbia vs Turkey (pool I)
9 - USA vs Japan (pool H)
7 - China vs Thailand (pool H)
5 - Italy vs Belgium (pool G)
5 - Germany vs Dominican Republic (pool I)
4 - Brazil vs Russia (pool G)
4 - Belgium vs Italy (pool G)
4 - Japan vs USA (pool H)
3 - Turkey vs Serbia (pool I)
2 - Thailand vs China (pool H)
2 - Dominican Republic vs Germany (pool I)

Highest set score:
China vs Thailand, 27-25 (pool H)
Italy vs Belgium, 26-24 (pool I)
USA vs Japan, 26-24 (pool H)


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