The Hague takes host to maybe the most mystifying pool to round out week three of Group 2. Netherlands and Slovakia both sit with 12 points in a tie with Japan behind Slovenia’s 15. With host Australia guaranteed a spot in the final four, only three of those four teams with 12 or more points will advance.
The other two nations in the pool are both 3-3 – Korea and the Czech Republic. The Czechs need to go 3-0 this week for a real shot at the final four, but it wouldn’t be impossible as they only sit three points behind the group with a dozen points.
On the beach side, The Hague’s indoor beach volleyball arena is taking host to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. It should be a packed weekend at the wonderful venue. Reinder Nummendor, tournament director, noted that he believes this is the first time both beach and indoor at this high-level have coincided in a scene-setter of The Hague: