Pool G1’s Serbia Looks To Remain #1 In Grand Prix (Week 3 Preview)

2017 FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX

  • Group 1
  • July 7th – August 6th
  • FIVB World Grand Prix Round 1
  • Schedule/Results
  • Pool G1
  • Hong Kong Coliseum, Hong Kong, China

Pool G1 has a tough lineup for week three, including #1 seeded Serbia, who has just one loss so far this World Grand Prix. Rounding out the rest of the pool is China, Japan and Russa. The teams feature a number of prominent players that were on the squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics, making this is a tough pool.

Current tournament standings:

  • #1 Serbia
  • #5 China
  • #6 Japan
  • #9 Russia
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
21 Jul 18:30 Russia P2P3
21 Jul 21:00 Japan P2P3
22 Jul 13:15 Serbia P2P3
22 Jul 15:45 Russia P2P3
23 Jul 13:15 Russia P2P3
23 Jul 15:45 Serbia P2P3

Times are UTC +08:00.

Serbia has been backed by Brankica Mihajlovic, who was week one’s player of the week. So far in the competition, Mihajlovic has posted 102 points. No one else on the Serbian team has posted numbers anywhere close to Mihajlovic, with Stefana Veljovic being the closest with 48 points. This could pose a problem for Serbia later on in the tournament, as many other teams have other players to back them up.

For China, they are now getting their footing in the tournament, as they bring back Zhu Ting more full time on the court. Ting sat out much of the first week due to fatigue over the past season. Since rejoining full-time, Ting has posted 53 points for the Chinese squad. In her absence, Xinyue Yuan stepped up for China, posting 70 points.

Japan has been carried by Sarina Koga who has 100 points so far in the Grand Prix. The next highest scorer for the Japanese team is Risa Shinnabe with 64. Japan will need to rely on these two players along with solid passing to keep up in Pool G1.

Finally, Russia has been a struggling team in the World Grand Prix, having a record of 2-4. In the first week, Russia reached five-sets with every team they faced but was unable to seal the deal. Week two was a more productive week for the Russians, as they started to gain some momentum, winning two matches. Leading the team in scoring is Irina Voronkova with 81 points.

Group 1 standings, * denotes teams in Pool G1.

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1 Serbia* 5 1 15 15 4 3.750 461 377 1.223
2 Netherlands 5 1 15 17 5 3.400 510 445 1.146
3 United States 4 2 13 16 9 1.778 574 516 1.112
4 Italy 4 2 10 13 10 1.300 517 495 1.044
5 China* 4 2 10 12 12 1.000 537 550 0.976
6 Japan* 4 2 9 13 13 1.000 560 561 0.998
7 Brazil 3 3 9 11 11 1.000 501 486 1.031
8 Dominican Republic 3 3 9 12 13 0.923 551 550 1.002
9 Russia* 2 4 9 12 13 0.923 542 555 0.977
10 Thailand 1 5 4 8 15 0.533 476 538 0.885
11 Turkey 1 5 4 7 16 0.438 467 535 0.873
12 Belgium 0 6 1 3 18 0.167 415 503 0.825

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