10. 10. 2018

WCH 2018 W: Italy at Final 6; three teams still in the game; China crushed USA

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The situation in Pool F at the 2018 FIVB World Championship is also unclear because three teams are still in the game for the next round while Italy are the first who secured their spot at the Final 6.


Today, Italian girls celebrated their 8th win and stayed undefeated. The win over Russia of 3-1 brought they place at the Final 6 but tomorrow they will have also very hard match against USA.

Paola Egonu led Italians with 29 points followed by Miriam Sylla who scored 13 points. On the Russian side, Irina Voronkova was the best with 21 points while Kseniia Parubets scored 13 points.

On the second match of the day Bulgaria defeated Thailand after five amazing sets and until the end, we didn’t know who will win.

Nasya Dimitrova was the best scorer of the match with 28 points followed by Gergana Dimitrova who scored 20 points. In Thailand, Onuma Sittirak was the best with 24 points.

Turkey outplayed Azerbaijan with 3-1  thanks to Meryem Boz 23 points and Meliha Ismailoglu 13 points while Natalya Mammadova with 22 points was the best in the defeated team.

Both teams will tomorrow finish with the World Championship. 

In the last match of the Day 3 of the second stage, China surprised USA. They celebrated victory after only three sets and jumped on the second position on the standings. Tomorrow, the Chinese team will play against Russia and will be definitely decided who will move on.

Zhu Ting led China with 19 points and got help from Xiangyu Gong 14 points while Jordan Larson scored 14 points for USA and was the only player in her team with double effect.

Pool F

DAY 3 - October 10:

Turkey – Azerbaijan 3-1  (26-24, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21)

Thailand – Bulgaria 2-3 (18-25, 25-22, 25-18, 22-25, 17-19)

Italy – Russia 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-22)

USA – China 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-18)

Standings: Italy (8-0) 24, China (7-1) 21, USA (7-1) 19, Russia (6-2) 18, Turkey (4-4) 12, Thailand (3-5) 11, Bulgaria (3-5) 8, Azerbaijan (2-6) 6.


Check out the results and standings at the World Championship 2018 W page.

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ITA M: Lube stay without a head coach – Medei resigns!

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