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Switzerland: Ningbo to host World Grand Prix Finals

by WoV
source: fivb.org

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 22, 2011 – The FIVB World Grand Prix Finals will return to Ningbo, China once again in 2012 with the city hosting the event for the second time in three years.

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USA clinched the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix crown the last time the Finals were held in Ningbo in 2010

Ningbo last hosted the finale in 2010.

In the same format as 2011, a total of 16 teams will battle it out across three weeks of pool-play in 10 countries from June 8 to 24 ahead of the Finals in Ningbo. 

The top five ranked teams at the end of the three weeks of Preliminary Round action will join hosts China in the Final from June 27 to July 1 where they will be split into two pools of three teams. The top two teams from each group will move on to the semifinals with the winners reaching the finals while the losers play for bronze.

The city famously hosted the 2010 final phase with current world No.1 USA coming out on top, edging Brazil to the crown. This year’s FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup winners Italy clinched the bronze medal.

The US followed up on their success in 2010 a year later when they successfully defended their title, again beating Brazil, this time in the final, to deny the South Americans a ninth championship. Serbia finished in third after beating eastern European rivals Russia in the bronze-medal match, finishing on the podium on their first attempt.

Ningbo is located to the west of the Pacific Ocean, in the mid-coastline of mainland China and is embraced with seas on three sides, with Hangzhou Gulf to the north, Xiangshan Harbor to the south and Yinzhou District to the west.

FIVB World Grand Prix 2012 Preliminary Round Pools

Date

City/Teams

City/Teams

City/Teams

City/Teams

Week 1

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

8-10 June 2012

Macau

Dominican Republic

Korea

Poland

 

PUR

USA

JPN

POL

 

 

CHN

GER

CUB

SRB

 

 

THA

DOM

KOR

ITA

 

 

ARG

KEN/TPE

TUR

BRA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 2

Group E

Group F

Group G

Group  H

15-17 June 2012

Brazil

Japan

Chinese Taipei

Serbia

 

BRA

JPN

POL

CUB

 

 

GER

DOM

CHN

SRB

 

 

ITA

THA

KEN/TPE

TUR

 

 

USA

PUR

KOR

ARG

 

 

 

 

 

Week 3

Group I

Group J

Group K

Group L

 22-24 June 2012

Japan

Thailand

China

Kazakhstan

 

JPN

USA

BRA

ITA

 

GER

SRB

CHN

POL

 

 

KOR

THA

CUB

DOM

 

 

TUR

KEN/TPE

PUR

ARG

                   

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