WOQT Day 7 Recap: Italy tops ranking to finish competition

Sunday, 22 May 2016
Zuzanna Dulnik - @ZetDe04
Italy’s captain Antonella Del Core celebrates another Olympic berth in her career (Photo: FIVB)

With all of the Olympic tickets being booked on Saturday, all teams entered Day 7 without the pressure. Italy tops the WOQT table after straight sets defeat over Kazakhstan with Netherlands finishing right behind after a lost tie-breaker to Japan. 

Check out WOQT  Day 6 recap here.

Dominican Republic Vs Korea

Result: 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 28-26) – watch full match here

With only two wins, grabbed at the end of the competition, Dominican Republic stays disappointed with the overall result of WOQT in Japan.

It’s disappointing not to be going to Rio. The World Grand Prix starts soon so I was exploring possibilities wtih the team today.

Korean coach Lee Jungchul decided to let some of his players rest, as the team secured its Olympic berth on Saturday.

With the lineup today I wanted to give rest to Yeon-Koung who is tired after joining the national team from the Turkish League with little rest. Yang Hyo-Jin has elbow and back injuries and also needed rest. Plus I wanted to give a chance to the players who have not played much in the tournament.

Full WOQT preview can be found here.

Thailand vs Peru

Result: 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-23) – watch full match here

Thailand and Peru won’t be able to fulfill their Olympic dream in Rio 2016. Both teams were out of the race for Rio tickets on Saturday. Though Thailand can still even up with Japan with the number of victories and points, Japanese have better set ratio and secured the last available Olympic berth in the tie-break against Italy on Saturday.

We have been working four years to prepare for this tournament. The Olympics are our dream. The players did a good job. What we did will be valuable to people, especially young people, in Thailand. This will help Thai volleyball reach the world-class level.

Peru coach Mauro Marasciulo claimed Thailand is the best team in Asia. He recalled their win against Korea and very close match with Japan. Speaking of Peru, Marasciulo was happy his young team was able to play at the WOQT in Japan and gain more experience for the future.

WOQT Results & Predictions

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INFO:

R – FIVB Ranking
NO – Next Opponent
NGP – Next Game Prediction
OFRP – Our Final Result Prediction

Italy vs Kazakhstan

Result: 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-19) – watch full match here

Italy closes up WOQT performance with straight sets victory over Kazakhstan. Kazakh remained the only team without a win in Japan. Vyacheslav Shapran summarized Kazakhstan’s case at WOQT.

Looking back we came here as an outsider. We had no wins. We barely made it to this WOQT. Only because China won (World Cup) there was one space open and it was us. We did not have enough time to prepare. Our players do not have much experience. I hope the current players will get better so they can develop new weapons.

Captan Radmila Beresneva hopes to get more experience ahead of Tokyo 2020.

We will wait for the next Olympics and will try to get more experience in the coming cycle. There will be more competitions coming up.

Full WOQT schedule can be found here.

Japan Vs Netherlands

Result: 3-2 (20-25, 25-13, 21-25, 32-30, 15-11) – watch full match here

Japan and Netherlands served five setter to close up the competition with the victory of the hosting team. Both teams have qualified on Saturday, but coaches decided to send their full squads on court anyway.

Lonneke Sloetjes topped Best Scorer Ranking in both match and competition, reaching 32 points and 157 overall. On Japan’s side Miyu Nagaoka led the team with 25 points.

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