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Japan complete line-up for World Grand Prix Final Six

 
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 18, 2015 - Japan win the last spot in the Final Six of the 2015 World Grand Prix. Brazil and China finish their pools without a loss and Canarhinos remain a leader of the Group 1 at the end of the Intercontinental Round.

Key Points 
- Japan secure the last spot in the Final Six
- Brazil and China are the only teams with a loss 
- Canarinhos finished the pool G without losing a set
- Germany win with Serbia, but miss the Final Six by a set ratio
- Dominican Republic remain the only team without a win in Group 1

On the last day of the Intercontinental Round the last team, Japan, joined the line-up of the Final Six in Omaha, USA. Apart from Japanese best six teams are: Brazil, China, USA, Italy and Russia. 

Pool G began with a victory of team Belgium against Russia. Belgians closed the game in straight sets 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 28-26), finishing on the 10th place in Group 1. Brazil also tap the match with Italy 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-17) and strengthen the position of a leader in Group 1. 

China have also finished the weekend without a loss, but it took a tie breaker 3-2 (22-25, 25-13, 25-22, 19-25, 15-12) to defeat world champions USA. Earlier in a day Japan swept Thailand to record a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-15) and eliminate Germany from fight for the Final Six.

It was then down to Serbia to take the ticket to Omaha off the Japan hands, but Germany stood in their way and won 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-22), finishing 7th in the Group 1 final classification. Turkey overplayed Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-20), leaving their opponent without a win in this edition of the World Grand Prix. 

To see the match gallery, read the full match live commentary and post-match comments, visit the match page.

Pool G

Pool H

Pool I   


Top scoring performances:
23 - Zhu Ting of China vs USA (pool H)
19 - Erasma Moreno of Dominican Republic vs Turkey (pool I)
19 - Zeng Chunlei of China vs USA (pool H)
19 - Bianka Busa of Serbia vs Germany (pool I)
18 - Juciely Barreto of Brazil vs Italy (pool G)
18 - Marta Drpa of Germany vs Serbia (pool I)
18 - Maren Brinker of Germany vs Serbia (pool I)
17 - Jordan Larson of USA vs China (pool H)
17 - Kelsey Robinson of USA vs China (pool H)
16 - Silge Wiebke of Germany vs Serbia (pool I)
15 - Foluke Akinradewo of USA vs China (pool H)
15 - Hui Ruoqi of China vs USA (pool H)
15 - Saori Kimura of Japan vs Thailand (pool H)
15 - Miyu Nagaoka of Japan vs Thailand (pool H)
14 - Els Vandesteene of Belgium vs Russia (pool G)
13 - Polen Uslupehlivan of Turkey vs Dominican Republic (pool I)
13 - Gabriela Guimaraes of Brazil vs Italy (pool G)
12 - Charlotte Leys of Belgium vs Russia (pool G)
12 - Irina Fetisova of Belgium vs Russia (pool G)
12 - Yuan Xinyue of China vs USA (pool H)
12 - Wilavan Apinyapong of Thailand vs Japan (pool H)
11 - Laura Heyrman of Belgium vs Russia (pool G)
11 - Kubra Akman of Turkey vs Dominican Republic (pool I)
11 - Karsta Lowe of USA vs China (pool H)
11 - Saskia Hippe of Germany vs Serbia (pool I)
10 - Alexandra Pasynkova of Russia vs Belgium (pool G)
10 - Anja Brandt of Germany vs Serbia (pool I)

Top scoring performances by team:
106 - China vs USA (pool H)
98 - Germany vs Serbia (pool I)
97 - USA vs China (pool H)
87 - Serbia vs Germany (pool I)
78 - Belgium vs Russia (pool G)
76 - Brazil vs Italy (pool G)
75 - Turkey vs Dominican Republic (pool I)
75 - Japan vs Thailand (pool H)
68 - Russia vs Belgium (pool G)
58 - Itlay vs Brazil (pool G)
57 - Dominican Republic vs Turkey (pool I)
55 - Thailand vs Japan (pool H)

Top blocking performances:
10 - Juciely Barreto of Brazil vs Italy (pool G)
6 - Hui Ruoqi of China vs USA (pool H)
5 - Nur Yurtdagulen of Turkey vs Dominican Republic (pool I)
5 - Laura Heyrman of Belgium vs Russia (pool G)
4 - Irina Fetisova of Russia vs Belgium (pool G)
4 - Yan Ni of China vs USA (pool H)
4 - Yuan Xinyue of China vs USA (pool H)
4 - Jordan Larson of USA vs China (pool H)
4 - Bianka Busa of Serbia vs Germany (pool I)
4 - Carolina Da Silva of Brazil vs Italy (pool G)
3 - Marifranchi Rodriguez of Dominican Republic vs Turkey (pool I)
3 - Haruyo Shimamura of Japan vs Thailand (pool H)
3 - Riho Otake of Japan vs Thailand (pool H)
3 - Valentina Arrighetti of Italy vs Brazil (pool G)
3 - Lucia Bosetti of Italy vs Brazil (pool G)
3 - Anja Brandt of Germany vs Serbia (pool I)
3 - Silge Wiebke of Germany vs Serbia (pool I)

Top blocking performances by team:
18 - China vs USA (pool H)
18 - Brazil vs Italy (pool G)
14 - USA vs China (pool H)
12 - Japan vs Thailand (pool H)
11 - Turkey vs Dominican Republic (pool I)
9 - Italy vs Brazil (pool G)
9 - Serbia vs Germany (pool I)
9 - Germany vs Serbia (pool I)
8 - Russia vs Belgium (pool G)
6 - Belgium vs Russia (pool G)
6 - Thailand vs Japan (pool H)
5 - Dominican Republic vs Turkey (pool I)

Top serving performances:
4 - Kubra Akman of Turkey vs Dominican Republic (pool I)
3 - Sarah Cools of Belgium vs Russia (pool G)
3 - Charlotte Leys of Belgium vs Russia (pool G)
3 - Marifranchi Rodriguez of Dominican Republic vs Turkey (pool I)
3 - Jordan Larson of USA vs China (pool H)
2 - Kelsey Robinson of USA vs China (pool H)
2 - Zhu Ting of China vs USA (pool H)
2 - Saori Kimura of Japan vs Thailand (pool H)
2 - Gabriela Guimaraes of Brazil vs Italy (pool G)
2 - Bojana Zivkovic of Serbia vs Germany (pool I)
2 - Maren Brinker of Germany vs Serbia (pool I)
2 - Anja Brandt of Germany vs Serbia (pool I)

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

Highest set score:
Belgium vs Russia, 28-26 (pool G)

Highest match score:
China vs USA 3-2 (22-25, 25-13, 25-22, 19-25, 15-12)


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