POOL A POOL B CHINA 5-0* BRAZIL 5-0* USA 4-1* RUSSIA 4-1* NETHERLANDS 3-2* CUBA 3-2* SOUTH KOREA 2-3* GERMANY 2-3* JAPAN 1-4 CANADA 1-4 UKRAINE 0-5 PERU 0-5* NOTE: The top four teams in each group after preliminary round-robin competition advance to the quarterfinals.
1 A 10:00am - China def. Netherlands 15-10, 15-5, 15-7 2 B 12:30am - Russia def. Germany 15-5, 15-10, 15-7 3 B 4:00pm - Cuba def. Canada 15-8, 15-8, 15-5 4 A 6:30pm - South Korea def. Japan 15-10, 15-12, 15-10 5 A 7:30pm - USA def. Ukraine 15-8, 15-5, 15-11 6 B 10:00pm - Brazil def. Peru 15-7, 15-1, 15-5
CHINA vs. NETHERLANDS
China used a strong blocking and defensive effort to defeat the Netherlands 15-10, 15-5, 15-7. SUN Ye paced China with 17 kills and WANG Yi added 15. Henriette WEERSING led the Netherlands with a match-high 21 kills
RUSSIA vs. GERMANY
Russia rolled to a surprisingly easy 15-5, 15-10, 15-7 victory over Germany in pool B play. Irina ILCHENKO led Russia with 23 kills and Evguenia ARTAMONOVA added 18. Germany, which had defeated Russia 3-2 in the European Zone qualifier in February, was led by Nancy CELIS with 16 kills and one block.
"I was pleased with the match and with the result," said Russian head coach Nikolai KARPOL. "We were prepared today."
CUBA vs. CANADA
Cuba, one of the Olympic Games women's volleyball medal favorites, opened pool B play with a 15-8, 15-8, 15-5 victory over Canada at the University of Georgia on Saturday. Cuba, which returns 9 of 12 players from its 1992 gold medal winning team, hit .319 for the match while limiting Canada to an .065 attack percentage.
KOREA vs. JAPAN
Korea defeated a stubborn Japanese team 15-10, 15-12, 15-10. Korea, which participates in pool A, won its opening match behind a clutch offensive attack and timely defense. All three games were back-and-forth affairs until Korea pulled away in the end.
7 A 10:00am - China def. South Korea 17-16, 16-14, 2-15, 13-15, 15-13 8 A 12:30am - Japan def. Ukraine 15-9, 15-5, 15-4 9 B 4:00pm - Russia def. Canada 15-1, 15-7, 15-9 10 B 6:30pm - Germany def. Peru 15-11, 15-6, 15-3 11 A 7:30pm - USA def. Netherlands 12-15, 15-10, 17-15, 15-7 12 B 10:00pm - Brazil def. Cuba 15-11, 15-10, 15-4
USA vs. NETHERLANDS
Cross-Battle Leads United States to Key Victory:
Tara CROSS-BATTLE recorded 25 kills and the United States rallied to post an important 12-15, 15-10, 17-15, 15-7 victory over the Netherlands. The victory improved the United States record to 2-0 in pool A play, while the Netherlands dropped to 1-1. After winning the first set, the Netherlands jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the United States rallied. After the Netherlands took a 9-8 lead the United States reeled off a 7-1 run to end the second set. The United States stormed out to a 13-6 lead in the third set only to see the Netherlands go on a 7-0 run to tie the game. The Netherlands took a 15-14 lead, but the United States fought off three set points and went on to the 17-15 win. The United States broke open a tight fourth set with a 6-0 run and went on to the 15-7 win.
"We are the type of team that will bend but not break," said USA head coach Terry LISKEVYCH. "After the first set we served the ball tougher, Elaine YOUNGS stabilized the team."
RUSSIA vs. CANADA
Russian Federation Remains Undefeated:
The Russian Federation posted its second consecutive 3-0 sweep with a 15-1, 15-7, 15-9 victory over Canada on Monday at the University of Georgia in pool B play. Russia, which opened pool play with a 3-0 win over Germany, totally dominated Canada from start to finish. Irina ILCHENKO led the Russian attack with 20 kills and 2 blocks. Evguenia ARTAMONOVA added 17 kills and 3 blocks. Canada, which dropped to 0-2 in pool play, will now face an uphill battle to qualify for the medal round. The top four teams from each pool will advance to the medal round. Janis KELLY led Canada with 16 kills and 1 block.
GERMANY vs. PERU
Germany Sweeps Peru for First Victory:
Germany breezed to a 3-0 victory over Peru in women's volleyball pool B action at the University of Georgia on Monday. The victory marks the first of the competition for Germany after having lost to the Russian Federation 3-0 on Saturday, while Peru dropped to 0-2 in pool play already having lost to Brazil. Germany fell behind early in set one, but rallied to take control of the match and move on to a 15-11, 15-6, 15-3 win. Germany was led by Nancy CELIS who had 12 kills, 2 blocks and 1 service ace and Susanne LAHME added 11 kills, 3 blocks and 1 service ace. Peru was led by Milagros MOY ALVARADO who recorded a team-high 13 kills.
BRAZIL vs. CUBA
Second-ranked Brazil upset defending Olympic champion Cuba.
Brazil gained an early lead in the race for the top spot in pool B with a 15-11, 15-10, 15-4 victory over defending Olympic Games champion Cuba in women's volleyball action on Monday in the Omni Coliseum. Brazil used a superior blocking and defense effort to improve its record to 2-0, while Cuba dropped to 1-1 in pool play. Brazil used late runs in both sets one and two before dominating action in the third, and deciding, set.
"We've had a lot of trouble with Cuba in the past, but tonight was special because it's the Olympic Games," said Marcia CUNHA of Brazil. "We think that Cuba is the number one team to beat, so we practiced blocking, blocking, blocking and to never give up on a ball."
CHINA vs. SOUTH KOREA
People's Republic of China Improves To 2-0:
The People's Republic of China took a huge step toward qualifying for the round on Monday in women's volleyball pool A play at the Omni Coliseum. China held off a rally from Korea in posting a 17-16, 16-14, 2-15, 13-15, 15-13 victory. In a match that lasted almost three hours, China capitalized on its ability to win key points in improving to 2-0 in pool play. Korea, which earned the support of the crowd after surging back after dropping the first two sets, dropped to 1-1 in pool play.
JAPAN vs. UKRAINE
Japan Notches First Win:
Japan recorded its first victory of the Olympic Games on Monday in women's volleyball pool A play at the Omni Coliseum. Japan swept Ukraine 15-9, 15-5, 15-4 to earn a much needed victory behind Motoko OBAYASHI, who led the team with 20 kills and 2 service aces. Ukraine, which will likely have to win two of its three remaining matches in order to qualify for pool play, was led by Olena SYDORENKO, who recorded 17 kills and 1 service ace. Final Score: JPN def. UKR 15-9, 15-5, 15-4.
KUNIAKI Yoshida (JPN) Head Coach: "At the world championships we were quite off, but we have played better here. The reason for victory was our serves and that both of our attackers were phenomenal."
13 A 9:00am - Netherlands def. Japan 15-3, 15-10, 15-3 14 B 11:30am - Germany def. Canada 15-5, 15-12, 15-6 15 B 4:00pm - Brazil def. Russia 15-3, 15-11, 15-13 16 B 6:30pm - Cuba def. Peru 15-2, 15-5, 15-10 17 A 7:30pm - China def. USA 15-8, 15-2, 12-15, 15-12 18 A 10:00pm - Korea def. Ukraine 15-3, 15-10, 15-7
USA vs. CHINA
China Assumes Control of Pool A:
The People's Republic of China took control of pool A play with a 15-8, 15-2, 12-15, 15-12 victory over the United States on Wednesday in the Omni Coliseum. Both teams teams entered the match with 2-0 records, but China took control of the match from the outset in handing the Americans their first loss of the competition. Despite the loss the United States remains in second place in pool play and will likely advance to medal round play. China and Brazil are the only teams that are undefeated at the halfway point of the competition. China was led by SUN Ye who had 26 kills, 3 blocks and 1 service ace. LI Yan added 20 kills to the Chinese attack. The United States attack was led by Elaina ODEN who had 20 kills and 3 blocks.
"This was a very important match for both teams," said China head coach LANG Ping. "We prepared well for the United States and we played consistently throughout the match. Our consistency was why we won."
KOREA vs. UKRAINE
Korea Moves Into Second Place Tie:
Korea took an important step towards qualifying for the medal round with a 15-3, 15-10, 15-7 victory over the Ukraine on Wednesday in the Omni Coliseum in pool A play. The victory improves Korea's record to 2-1 overall and moves them into a tie with the United States for second place in pool play. Korea will face the Netherlands (1-2) on Friday (26 Jul) before concluding pool play against the United States on Sunday (28 Jul). The loss dropped the Ukraine record to 0-3 in pool play competition. Korea was led by CHUNG Sun-Hye who recorded 14 kills and 2 service aces, while CHANG Yoon-Hee and PARK Soo-Jeong added 11 kills each. Tetyana IVANYUSHKYNA led the Ukraine with 13 kills.
KIM Cheol-Yong, Korean head coach on the teams next match versus the Netherlands: "The Netherlands has a very strong team. We will have to play a good serve and receive match. If we practice that we should have a good match."
BRAZIL vs. RUSSIA
Brazil Remains Unbeaten:
Brazil remained undefeated in group B volleyball play with a 15-3, 15-11, 15-13 victory over the Russian Federation on Wednesday at the University of Georgia in Athens. The loss knocked Russia (2-1) from the ranks of the undefeated and left Brazil (3-0) in first place. Brazil virtually assured itself of a berth in the medal round with the victory having already played two of the other top three teams in the pool. Russia is also in solid position in the quest for a berth in the medal round. Marcia Fu CUNHA topped Brazil with 20 kills and also added 2 blocks and 1 service ace. Virna DIAS, who replaced injured star Hilma CALDEIRA, had 17 kills and 2 blocks. Evguenia ARTAMONOVA paced Russia with 14 kills, 2 blocks and 2 service aces.
"It was a very important match for us," said Brazilian captain Ana FLAVIA. "It was important to keep our rhythm going after Cuba. We served very well and blocked and defended very well. We had a good system today."
CUBA vs. PERU
Cuba Rebounds From Loss to Crush Peru:
Cuba rebounded from an earlier loss to record a decisive 3-0 victory over Peru on Wednesday at the University of Georgia in Athens. Cuba, which improved to 2-1 in group B, had no trouble with Peru in the 15-2, 15-5, 15-10 sweep. The victory keeps Cuba in the hunt for the top position in group B, remaining only one game behind Brazil. Peru dropped to 0-3 in group play.
JAPAN vs. NETHERLANDS
Netherlands Notches First Olympic Games Victory:
The Netherlands recorded its first victory of the Olympic Games with a convincing 15-3, 15-10, 15-3 victory over Japan Wednesday in the Omni Coliseum. The victory gives the Netherlands hope of advancing to the medal round, while Japan slipped to 1-2 and saw its medal round hopes greatly diminished. The Netherlands concludes pool A play versus Korea and Ukraine, while Japan faces the top two seeded teams in the pool -- China and the United States. Henriette WEERSING continued to shine by leading the Netherlands with 24 kills and 1 service ace. Erna BRINKMAN added 15 kills and 3 blocks. Japan was led by Tomoko YOSHIHARA, who had 14 kills, 1 block and 1 service ace.
"I am satisfied about our play," said Cintha BOERSMA (NED). "We are playing on a great level. We kept the Japan team under pressure and they didn't have a chance to play their own game."
CANADA vs. GERMANY
Germany Upends Canada for Second Straight Win
Germany got its offensive attack untracked early on in rolling to a 15-5, 15-12, 15-6 victory over Canada for its second straight win in pool B play on Wednesday in the Omni Coliseum. Germany, which is now 2-1 in pool play, now has an excellent opportunity to advance to the medal round. Canada, which has yet to win a set during the competition, dropped to 0-3 in the competition. Germany was led by Sylvia ROLL who recorded 20 kills and 1 service ace. Nancy CELIS chipped in 16 kills and 1 service ace. Janis KELLY, one of the top all-around players in the competition, led Canada with 21 kills and 1 service ace.
19 B 10:00am - Russia def. Peru 15-11, 15-8, 15-1 20 A 12:30pm - Netherlands def. South Korea 15-11, 15-12, 7-15, 15-8 21 A 4:00pm - China def. Ukraine 15-4, 15-4, 15-6 22 B 6:30pm - Cuba def. Germany 15-6, 15-8, 15-4 23 A 7:30pm - USA def. Japan 15-11, 15-7, 15-12 24 B 10:00pm - Brazil def. Canada 15-6, 15-6, 15-11
USA vs. JAPAN
USA Clinches Quarterfinal Berth
The United States clinched a berth in the medal round with a 15-11, 15-7, 15-12 victory over Japan on Friday in the Omni Coliseum. The victory improves the United States record to 3-1, while the loss drops Japan's record to 1-3 in pool A. The United States fell behind 9-0 and 10-1 in the first set before Yoko ZETTERLUND replaced Lori ENDICOTT as the setter. With ZETTERLUND at the controls the USA reeled off the next 11 points to take an 11-10 lead. After Japan tied the contest at 11-11 the USA ran off another four straight points to win set one. Trailing 2-0 in set two the USA stormed back with a 7-0 run. Japan used a 3-0 run to cut the USA lead to 10-7, but Caren KEMNER had two kills and a block keying a 5-0 run for a set two victory. Japan held a 10-6 third-set lead before the USA rallied to take an 11-10 lead. KEMNER tied the score at 12-12 and put the USA up 13-12 with another kill. Two Japanese hitting errors gave the United States the sweep. Tammy LILEY had 13 kills to lead the United States attack. Japan was led by Ikumi OGAKE who had 14 kills and 2 blocks.
"We were slow out of the blocks again tonight," said USA head coach Terry LISKEVYCH. "My team left their hearts out on the floor tonight. Yoko ZETTERLUND was outstanding as well as Tammy LILEY."
RUSSIA vs. PERU
Russia Clinches Quarterfinal Berth
The Russian Federation clinched a berth in the women's volleyball quarterfinal round with a 15-11, 15-8, 15-1 victory over Peru on Friday at the Omni Coliseum. Russia improved to 3-1 in group play and will face Cuba in its final match, which should determine the second place finisher in group B. Peru, which dropped to 0-4 in group play, had its chances for advancing to the quarterfinal crushed by the Russians. Elizaveta TICHTCHENKO led Russia with 8 kills and 4 blocks, while Elena GODINA recorded 7 kills and 1 service ace. Peru was paced by Milagros CAMERE PUGA with 11 kills, 1 block and 1 service ace. Peru will face Canada in its final match of the Olympic Games.
NETHERLANDS vs. SOUTH KOREA
The Netherlands Continues on Comeback Trail
The Netherlands continued its surge in an attempt to advance to the medal round with a 15-11, 15-12, 7-15, 15-8 victory over Korea on Friday in the Omni Coliseum. The Netherlands, which dropped its first two matches of the competition to the People's Republic of China and the United States, has rebounded to post back-to-back wins against Japan and Korea. The Netherlands concludes group A play with a match against Ukraine and a victory would go a long way in securing a berth in the quarterfinals. Korea dropped to 2-2 in the competition and will play the United States in its final group play match. Tie-breakers are determined by determining the percentage of sets won. Henriette WEERSING once again led the Netherlands with a tournament-best 46 kills. Cintha BOERSMA added 15 kills and 3 blocks. CHANG Yoon-Hee led Korea with 23 kills and 1 service ace.
"I'm happy we won because this was a hard match," said the Netherlands head coach Bert GOEDKOOP. "You can't get frustrated playing the Koreans, you have to stay focused and play hard. They force you into long rallys which makes you tired."
CHINA vs. UKRAINE
China Remains Undefeated
The People's Repbulic of China remained the only undefeated team in Pool A with a 15-4, 15-4, 15-6 victory over Ukraine on Friday at the University of Georgia in Athens in a match that was completed in just over an hour. The victory, which improved China's record to 4-0 in pool play, virtually assures them of the top seed in the pool with only a match against Japan remaining. Ukraine dropped to 0-4 and has yet to win a set during the competition. After falling behind 4-1 in the first set, China scored the next 14 points to claim the win. The Chinese dominated the action throughout the remainder of the match. LI Yan paced the Chinese attack with 14 kills, 3 blocks and 1 service ace. Olga KOLOMIYETS led Ukraine with 13 kills.
"Our serving and defense were good today," said China head coach LANG Ping. "Ukraine played well and has some potential, but we controlled the game. We have to prepare for our next match because Japan is a good team and it will be a tough match for us."
GERMANY vs. CUBA
Cuba Records Second Straight Victory
Cuba recorded its second straight victory with a 15-6, 15-8, 15-4 victory over Germany on Friday at the University of Georgia in Athens in Pool B action. Cuba dropped its second match of the competition to Brazil, but has since rebounded to post victories over Peru and Germany. Germany dropped to 2-2 in pool play, but still remains alive in the quest to advance to the quarterfinals as it closes out play with a match against Brazil.
BRAZIL vs. CANADA
Brazil Remains Unbeaten
Brazil remained undefeated in pool B with a methodical 15-6, 15-6, 15-11 victory over Canada on Friday in the Omni Coliseum. Brazil can capture the top seed in pool B with a victory over Germany on Sunday, 28 July. Canada dropped to 0-4 for the competition and has yet to win a set. Canada never seriously challenged in any of the sets as Brazil proved much to powerful.
25 A 10:00am - China def. Japan 16-14, 15-11, 15-10 26 B 12:30pm - Brazil def. Germany 15-4, 13-15, 15-6, 15-8 27 A 1:30pm - USA def. South Korea 10-15, 15-13, 15-9, 15-3 28 A 4:00pm - Netherlands def. Ukraine 15-3, 15-5, 15-5 29 B 7:30pm - Russia def. Cuba 10-15, 15-6, 15-7, 15-8 30 B 10:00pm - Canada def. Peru 16-17, 15-6, 11-15, 15-9, 15-12
USA vs. SOUTH KOREA
United States Clinches Second Place
The United States rallied to post a 10-15, 15-13, 15-9, 15-3 victory over Korea on Sunday at the University of Georgia in Athens.
With the victory the United States finished pool A play with a record of 4-1 and clinched second place overall. The USA will meet the third place team from pool B in the quarterfinals, which means a match against the Russian Federation or Cuba. Korea, which ended pool play with a record of 2-3, will also advance to the quarterfinals to face a yet to be determined team.
Korea jumped out to a big lead in the first set and held on for an easy victory and the second set started the same way. With Korea leading 9-4, Lori ENDICOTT replaced Yoko ZETTERLUND as the USA setter and rallied the team to the victory. The USA finally turned up their game in sets three and four, and rolled to victory in each set. Tara CROSS-BATTLE led the United States with 32 kills and 4 blocks, while Elaina ODEN added 6 blocks and 1 service ace. CHUNG Sun-Hye led Korea with 21 kills.
CHINA vs. JAPAN
China Clinches Top Spot in Pool A: The People's Republic of China secured the number-one seed in pool A with a 16-14, 15-11, 15-10 victory over Japan on Sunday in the Omni Coliseum.
China finished pool play with a perfect 5-0 record and dropped only three sets along the way. China will now face the number four-seeded team from pool B in quarterfinal action on Tuesday (30 July). Japan finished the competition with a record of 1-4.
Japan remained in the match because of its outstanding defensive play, but did not have the offensive firepower to match the Chinese.
China was paced by LI Yan who recorded 19 kills, 5 blocks and 1 service ace. Motoko OBAYASHI led Japan with 25 kills and Asako TAJIMI added 17 kills and 2 blocks.
"I think that even though we won 3-0 it was a difficult match," said China head coach LANG Ping. "The next round will be most difficult and we must prepare for that."
BRAZIL vs. GERMANY
Brazil Caps Undefeated Preliminary Round:
Brazil capped an undefeated preliminary round with a 15-4, 13-15, 15-6, 15-8 victory over Germany in pool B play on Sunday in the Omni Coliseum.
Brazil finished pool play with a 5-0 record and secured the number-one seed and will face either Korea or the Netherlands in the quarterfinals. Germany, which finished pool play with a 2-3 record, also advanced to quarterfinal action where it will face China.
After capturing the first set easily, Brazil dropped the second set 15-13. The Brazilians then rebounded to pound the Germans in the next two sets.
Virna DIAS led Brazil with 33 kills and Ana MOSER added 18 kills. Germany was led by Nancy CELIS, who recorded 18 kills.
"We began the match very well today," said Brazilian head coach Bernardo REZENDE. "We were blocking and serving like we have for most of the Olympic Games. We lost our concentration in the second set. But that just shows us that we have to concentrate because anyone can beat us."
NETHERLANDS vs. UKRAINE
The Netherlands Finishes Third in Pool A
The Netherlands wrapped up third place in pool A with a 15-3, 15-5, 15-5 victory over Ukraine on Sunday at the University of Georgia in Athens.
The Netherlands finished pool A play with a record of 3-2, while the loss dropped Ukraine to 0-5 for the competition. The Netherlands will now face the number two seed from pool B in quarterfinal action.
Henriette WEERSING continued her dominating performance during the Olympic Games as she recorded 12 kills to lead the Netherlands. Cintha BOERSMA added 3 blocks and 1 service ace. Ukraine was led by Olena SYDORENKO who posted 17 kills, 2 blocks and 1 service ace.
1 12:00 - China def. Germany 15-12, 15-8, 15-8 2 2:30 - Russia def. Netherlands 10-15, 15-7, 15-9, 15-10 3 7:30 - Cuba def. United States 15-1, 15-10, 15-12 4 10:00pm - Brazil def. South Korea 15-4, 15-2, 15-10
CUBA vs. UNITED STATES
Cuba Advances to Semifinals
Cuba advanced to the women's volleyball semifinal round with a 15-1, 15-10, 15-12 victory over the United States in quarterfinal action on Tuesday in the Omni Coliseum.
Cuba used a smothering blocking effort in posting the sweep of the United States. Cuba established the tempo for the match early as it blocked seven balls in its 15-1 thumping of the USA in the first set. Cuba finished the match with 20 blocks compared to seven for the United States.
Cuba advances to the semifinals where it will meet Brazil, which defeated Korea in the other quarterfinal match. The United States now falls into the classification round to determine places five through eight.
Magalys CARVAJAL was brilliant for Cuba, posting one of the finest all-around matches in the tournament. She had 16 kills, 9 blocks and 1 service ace. The United States was led by Tara CROSS-BATTLE who recorded 11 kills and 2 blocks.
"We played with good technique especially with our service," said Cuba head coach Eugeno GEORGE. "I think we played a good match and deserved the victory."
CHINA vs. GERMANY
China Remains Unbeaten
The People's Republic of China advanced to the semifinals with a 15-12, 15-8, 15-8 victory over Germany in quarterfinal action on Tuesday in the Omni Coliseum.
China, which entered the quarterfinals as the top-seeded team, will now face the winner of the Netherlands-Russian Federation match in the semifinals.
China has been the surprise team thus far not dropping a match after entering the competition.
SUN Yue paced China with 18 kills, 2 blocks and 1 service ace. LAI Yawen contributed 14 kills and 4 blocks. Germany was paced by Nancy CELIS who had 15 kills and 1 block. Germany, will now drop into the classification matches which will determine places five through eight.
"This was a quarterfinal match for us and we had prepared very well," said China head coach LANG Ping. "We will carry on the spirit of fighting and we will not be afraid of strong opponents."
RUSSIA vs. NETHERLANDS
Russian Federation Rallies for Victory
The Russian Federation kept its medal hopes alive by rallying past the Netherlands 10-15, 15-7, 15-9, 15-10 in quarterfinal action on Tuesday in the Omni Coliseum.
Russia was baffled early on as the quicker Dutch moved the ball quickly and scored consistently by beating the big Russian block. In the last three sets, Russia adjusted its blocking scheme and began to dominate the Netherlands at the net.
Evguenia ARTAMONOVA, who collapsed from exhaustion after the conclusion of the match, finished with a match-high 29 kills. Russia also received 25 kills from Elena GODINA. The Netherlands was led by Erna BRINKMAN who had 16 kills and 1 service ace.
Russia now advances to the semifinals where it will meet the People's Republic of China, while the Netherlands will meet Germany in a classification match.
"As far as tension goes, today was much more tense," said Russia head coach Nikolai KARPOL. "The pressure was far greater today. Eventually we managed to put an attack together. We blocked and hit better in the last sets. We felt fatigue at the end because the American climate requires a lot of energy to play."
BRAZIL vs. KOREA
Brazil Moves into Semifinal Match
Brazil advanced to a semifinal meeting with Cuba by beating Korea 15-4, 15-2, 15-10 in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday in the Omni Coliseum.
The Brazil-Cuba match is a rematch of their earlier pool play contest when Brazil swept Cuba 15-11, 15-10, 15-4 in the Omni Coliseum.
Korea, which will now face the United States in a classification contest, proved to be no match for the powerful Brazilians. Brazil controlled the contest from the opening set with Korea providing a challenge in only the third set.
8:00am - Netherlands def. Germany 15-12, 9-15, 13-15,15-9, 15-10 10:30am - South Korea def. United States 15-12, 15-5, 15-11
KOREA vs. UNITED STATES
Korea Pastes USA
Korea avenged a pool play loss to the United States with a 15-12, 15-5, 15-11 victory in a classification match on Wednesday in the Omni Coliseum.
The United States had worn down the Korean team when they met in pool play and cruised to a 3-1 victory, but an unemotional USA team, fresh from a quarterfinal loss to Cuba Tuesday evening, was no match for the precision of Korea.
Korea now advances to meet the Netherlands in the match to determine fifth and sixth places. The United States will face Germany in the seventh and eighth place match.
KIM Nam-Soon led Korea with 18 kills, while CHANG Yoon-Hee added 15 kills, 3 blocks and 1 service ace. Tara CROSS-BATTLE led the United States with 20 kills.
"Because the United States lost to Cuba we felt that they would be less excited for this match," said Korea head coach KIM Cheol-Yong. "It feels great to be playing for fifth place and we will do our best tomorrow."
NETHERLANDS vs. GERMANY
Netherlands Rallies Past Germany
The Netherlands overcame a two set to one deficit on its way to a 15-12, 9-15, 13-15, 15-9, 15-10 victory over Germany in a classification match on Wednesday in the Omni Coliseum.
The Netherlands now faces Korea in the battle for fifth and sixth places, while Germany meets the United States in the seventh and eighth place match.
Germany passed the ball well in the first three sets and controlled the tempo of the match as a result. The Netherlands then began serving more aggressively in the fourth and fifth sets, which resulted in more easy scoring opportunities.
Henriette WEERSING led the Netherlands with 28 kills and 2 service aces, while Elles LEFERINK had 24 kills, 2 blocks and 3 service aces. Sylvia ROLL led Germany with 32 kills.
1:30pm - United States def. Germany 17-16, 15-6, 5-15, 15-6 (7th-8th) 4:00 - Netherlands def. South Korea 15-9, 15-9, 15-13 (5th-6th)
7:30 - China def. Russia 12-15, 15-5, 15-8, 15-12 (Semifinal) 10:00pm - Cuba def. Brazil 15-5, 8-15,15-10,15-13 (Semifinal)
UNITED STATES vs. GERMANY
Team USA Ends Olympic Run on Positive Note
The U.S. women's volleyball team scored a 3-1 win over Germany to clinch seventh place. The win completes the United States team's play in the Olympic Games. The match also marks the Olympic finale for several players and head coach Terry LISKEVYCH.
The United States put down an upset bid by the German team in the first set, holding on to win 17-16. The win took the wind from the German sails as the United States rolled to an easy 15-6 win in the second. However, the United States could not afford to let up as the Germans quickly proved with a 15-5 win in the third. Sparked by retiring veteran Caren KEMNER, the United States regained control with a 15-6 win to end the match.
The eighth and final match for the women's team also marked the final match for KEMNER, Tammy LILLEY and Paula WEISHOFF, who have announced their retirement.
"The team really wanted to win. They wanted to win every match. It is difficult to go on when your dreams are shattered. But that is the beauty of sport. You always have another day," said Terry LISKEVYCH, U.S. head coach.
NETHERLANDS vs. SOUTH KOREA
The Netherlands unleashed outside hitter Henriette Weersing, who had 29 kills, to sweep Korea 3-0 and earn a fifth place finish.
It is the best finish ever for the Dutch in their second appearance in the Olympic Games. They finished sixth in Barcelona. Korea made its only other Olympic appearance in 1972.
The Netherlands scored on 7 service aces while Korea landed none en route to the win. The Koreans failed to mount a serious threat in the first two sets, falling 15-9 and 15-9. Korea stayed close in the third set only to fall 15-13. CHANG Yoon-Hee (KOR) led with 18 kills.
"We are very pleased with our finish. We are a young team with lots of returning players. I am young. We will improve in the future and only get better," said Ingrid VISSER (NED).
CHINA vs. RUSSIA
China Advances to Gold Medal Match
The People's Republic of China advanced to the gold medal match with a 3-1 win over the Russian Federation. Using s points of the set. In the fourth set, the score was tied eight times, the last at 12 before China scored the final three points of the match. China recorded 11 digs and 19 blocks as a team.
Russia will play for the bronze.
"The semifinals against the Russian team was a very important match for both teams. China has never beaten Russia or a Soviet Union team. We realized this was a serious match. I asked the players not to consider winning or losing. The requirements of the players was to give their best performance," said LANG Ping, China's head coach.
CUBA vs. BRAZIL
Cuba beat Brazil 3-2 in a hotly contested match as it sought to defend its Olympic gold of four years ago. Cuba will play China for the gold medal while Brazil will play Russia for the bronze medal.
In the first set, Brazil ran out ahead 10-2 and then allowed Cuba just three more points winning 15-4. Cuba turned the tables in the second set, running out an 8-4 lead. Brazil drew to within one at 8-7 on a miss by Mireya LUIS (CUB). However, they would score only once more to lose 15-8. Fofao SOUZA served two straight aces to score points 14 and 15 to punctuate Brazil's 15-10 win in the third set. In the fourth set, the Brazilians fell behind 7-2, but Marcia CUNHA sparked a comeback with two consecutive blocks to tie at 7. After tying again at 11, Cuba edged ahead 13-12 on the strength of Raisa O'FARRIL's serving. At 14-13, Cuba regained the serve and won set point on a block by Magalys CARVAJAL. In the final set, with rally scoring, neither team could pull away by more than three until Cuba won the match 15-12 after two match point opportunities.
12:00pm - Brazil def. Russia 15-13, 4-15,16-14, 8-15,15-13 (Bronze medal match) 2:30pm - Cuba def. China 14-16, 15-12,17-16,15-6 (Gold medal match)
BRAZIL vs. RUSSIA
Brazil Captures First Medal; Ends Russian Streak
Brazil captured its first-ever medal in women's volleyball competition with a 15-13, 4-15, 16-14, 8-15, 15-13 victory over the Russian Federation in the bronze medal match on Saturday in the Omni Coliseum.
Despite being regarded as one of the best teams in the world for the past eight years, Brazil's best Olympic Games finish prior to Saturday was fourth-place in 1992. The medal caps an accension to world power that began in 1980 when the Brazilians finished seventh in their first Olympic Games competition.
The loss by Russia ends the longest, and most remarkable streak in women's volleyball history. This marks the first time that Russia, excluding its boycott in 1984, has not placed first or second in an Olympic Games dating back to the first competition in 1964. Entering the Atlanta Games, Russia had captured gold on four occasions and silver three times.
The game featured many dramatic turns as Brazil won each of its sets by a total of two points, while Russia averaged a 9-point victory in the two sets that it won.
Ana MOSER led the Brazilians with 21 kills and 3 blocks, while Ericlela BODZIAK finished with 14 kills and 2 service aces. Russia was led by Elena GODINA who had 20 kills and Elizaveta TICHTCHENKO had 17 kills, 8 blocks and 2 service aces.
"I think this is the best team we've ever had," said Brazilian attacker Ana ALVARES. "It's hard to compare because it's different times. Today it's more professional, a lot of emphasis on practice and working hard."
GOLD - CUBA
SILVER - CHINA
BRONZE - BRAZIL
FOURTH - RUSSIA