The defending champions Russia claimed the top spot in Pool A in the Women’s Volleyball tournament at the 2019 Summer Universiade. Russia beat Canada in the last round in Pool A by a 3-1 (25-17, 19-25, 25-21, 25-15) to finish top of the pool with a 3-0 record and 9 points. Anna Lazareva was unstoppable for Russia with 29 points (4 kill blocks). Canada, who made as much as 50 unforced errors in the match against Russia, also secured a spot in the quarterfinals but as the second-placed side in the pool (2-1 and 6 points).
In Pool B, Brazil defeated Ukraine 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-12) with 13 points from Sabrina Machado to secure advancement to the quarterfinals as the No.1 in the pool (3-0 and 9 points). Germany downed China in four sets in a direct duel for the place in the final eight. Germany’s Luisa Keller and China’s Chen Xiaoqi shared the top-scorers title of the match with 17 points apiece. Lea Ambrosius made 4 kill blocks for a European side.
The three teams in Pool C had practically equal chances of going to the quarterfinals prior to the last round. Hungary defeated Chinese Taipei by a 3-1 (25-15, 16-25, 25-19, 25-21) and settled at the top of the pool with a 3-0 record and 8 points. At the same time, they prevented rivals from advancing to the final eight, leaving them at 1-2 and 3 points, which was only enough for a third place in the pool. Hungary’s opposite hitter Anett Németh was brutal with 35 points. Zsófia Gyimes set up 4 kill blocks. The Czech Republic benefited from this outcome and settled at No.2 in the pool (2-1 and 6 points) with a 3-1 win over Argentina. Lucie Nová scored 17 points for the Czechs but a display of Pavlína Šimáňová was more impressive: 7 kill blocks.
Japan ended their Pool D campaign excellently with a 3-0 record and 9 points, dropping only one set to their rivals. In the last round, they ruined USA’s chances of advancing to the quarterfinals by sweeping them in straight sets, partially 25-15, 25-18, and 25-23. Mikoto Shima was Japan’s most prolific player with 13 points. Italy prevailed over Switzerland by a 3-0 and will go to the final eight as the No.2 (2-1 and 6 points). Elena Perinelli scored 13 points (4 aces), while Alexandra Botezat set up 5 kill blocks for the “Azzurrine“.
Women’s Volleyball tournament in the 2019 Summer Universiade, Day 3:
Russia – Canada 3-1 (25-17, 19-25, 25-21, 25-15)
Thailand – Mexico 3-1 (25-17, 25-22, 23-25, 25-17)
Germany – China 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 18-25, 25-17)
Ukraine – Brazil 0-3 (22-25, 21-25, 12-25)
Hungary – Chinese Taipei 3-1 (25-15, 16-25, 25-19, 25-21)
Czech Republic – Argentina 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-21, 25-12)
Switzerland – Italy 0-3 (22-25, 19-25, 14-25)
Japan – USA 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-23)
Quarterfinals (July 9):
Russia vs. Czech Republic (12:00 C.E.T.)
Japan vs. Germany (14:30 C.E.T.)
Brazil vs. Italy (17:30 C.E.T.)
Hungary vs. Canada (20:00 C.E.T.)
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