We are almost at the finish line at WOQT in Japan. Day 6 gave all the answers on the Rio 2016 tickets. Netherlands, Italy, Korea and Japan secured the Olympic berth, eliminating Peru and Thailand before the last day. Although Thailand can still tie number of wins and points with Japan, the set ratio will be in Japan’s advantage.
Check out WOQT Day 5 recap here.
Thailand Vs Korea
Result: 3-2 (19-25, 22-25, 29-27, 26-24, 15-12) – watch full match here
Thailand was co-author of another thrilling five-setter at the WOQT, making a come back from 0-2 to secure 3-2 victory and kept their dream about Rio 2016 alive for a little while longer.
Korean could have won their own Olympic berth with a win, but the pressure and Thai strong response cut Korea’s wings from the third set. Losing in the tie-break gave Koreans one point and allowed to secure the spot in Rio all the same.
We are very happy to secure the ticket to the Olympics. We achieved our goal, so in that sense, we got our result. This year is Korea’s 100 year anniversary of volleyball, so this achievement is very significant.
Full WOQT preview can be found here.
Dominican Republic vs Kazakhstan
Result: 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-12, 25-20) – watch full match here
Bitter-sweet victory of Dominican Republic on Kazakhstan gives the team 3 points at the end of an event. Both teams recorded five losses before Day 6, losing their chance to qualify to the Olympics in this cycle.
Coach Marcos Kwiek, although happy about the victory, shared his disappointment over final result for his team at WOQT. Lack of preparation time was one of the key factors for his team’s poor performance in Japan.
Kazakhstan need to deal with its sixth loss and try to focus on their upcoming last match against Italy.
We will continue to fight until the end. Italy is a tough team. We will try to win at least one game.
Netherlands Vs Peru
Result: 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-17) – watch full match here
Netherlands defeated Peru, securing their Olympic berth and keeping leader’s position in WOQT table. For Peru this was the last chance to keep their Olympic dream alive. The second team of South American Qualifier is out of the race to Rio.
I’m extremely happy and proud of the players and staff for the job they have done in one year. I’m just very, very happy. I have pushed the team to play as quick as we can. We are learning about defence from Japan. We are trying to improve our defence. These players can compete with the top in the world. They have the physical and mental skills to do it. After we won the Grand Prix second group last summer, the Poland coach said we “play defence like Japan, have power like Russia and are fast like the USA.”
The Dutch team is strong with high potential. They played well with Serbia and China at the World Cup last year and are almost at the top level of volleyball in the world. We had a chance yesterday to make the Olympics, but today we do not. We will keep our course for the future and try to return to traditional Peruvian volleyball.
Full WOQT schedule can be found here.
Italy vs Japan
Result: 3-2 (23-25, 27-25, 27-25, 21-25, 15-9) – watch full match here
Italy and Japan served volleyball fans five set performance to finish the day. Italians secured their Olympic berth half in the match, sealing the deal at 2-1 lead. Japan took the match to the tie-break and although they eventually lost, the hosting team win the last of the Olympic tickets available at WOQT.
Japan is fourth with 4 wins, 2 losses and 12 points. Theoretically Thailand can still tie with Japan (if they win with Peru and Japan loses to Netherlands) with number of wins and points, but set ratio stays in Japan’s favour.