Brazil, Serbia Rematch Set for Pool D1 (Week 2 Preview)

2017 FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX

  • Group 1
  • Pool D1
  • Kamei Arena, Sendai, Japan
  • July 14th-16th, 2017
  • FIVB World Grand Prix Round 1
  • Schedule/Results

Courtesy: FIVB

Pool D1 will open next week with a rematch between defending Grand Prix champions Brazil and current season Group 1 leaders Serbia as the tournament arrives in Sendai, Japan. Play will take place in the 7,000 seat Kamei Arena. Sendai is the largest city in Japan’s Tohoku region and the second-largest city north of Tokyo, having a population of just over 1 million.

This will be one of Group 1’s most balanced pools. The world ranks of the four teams:

  • Serbia, #3
  • Brazil, #4
  • Japan, #6
  • Thailand, #14

 

 

Pool D1 Schedule

Date Time Home Away
14 Jul 15:40 Brazil Serbia
14 Jul 19:10 Japan Thailand
15 Jul 14:10 Japan Serbia
15 Jul 17:10 Brazil Thailand
16 Jul 13:15 Japan Brazil
16 Jul 16:10 Serbia Thailand
  • Times are in UTC +9:00

Last week, Serbia and Brazil played in Ankara, and that resulted in a dominant 3-0 sweep by Serbia.

This week, they’ll be joined by pool hosts Japan and Thailand, who likewise played together last week in Pool C1 in the Netherlands. Japan won that in a 3-2 match that was uncompetitive in 4 of the 5 sets, including a 25-14 3rd-set score in favor of Japan.

In Pool C1, however, Japan played its best volleyball late, while Thailand stumbled and lost all 3 of its matches.

Japan won 2 of its 3 matches on the opening weekend, with the exception being an anomalous 3-1 loss to the Dominican Republic on July 8th. They played that match without their top scorer Sarina Koga, who scored 45 points in the other two games combined.

Below are the Group 1 standings, with Pool D1 teams having asterisks (*).

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1 Serbia* 3 0 9 9 0 MAX 225 163 1.380
2 United States 3 0 8 9 2 4.500 262 225 1.164
3 Netherlands 2 1 7 8 3 2.667 250 224 1.116
4 Dominican Republic 2 1 6 6 5 1.200 261 254 1.028
5 Brazil* 2 1 5 6 5 1.200 244 237 1.030
6 China 2 1 5 6 6 1.000 268 274 0.978
7 Japan* 2 1 4 7 7 1.000 300 294 1.020
8 Turkey 1 2 4 5 7 0.714 248 267 0.929
9 Italy 1 2 2 4 8 0.500 267 280 0.954
10 Russia 0 3 3 6 9 0.667 319 337 0.947
11 Thailand* 0 3 1 3 9 0.333 239 278 0.860
12 Belgium 0 3 0 1 9 0.111 198 248 0.798

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