Rivalry spices up on the WOQT Day 3! Italy remains the only team without the loss, moving ahead of all of the opponents, with Korea, Japan, Netherlands and Peru staying close with 6 points. Catch up with all the action below!
Check out WOQT Day 2 recap here.
Peru vs Kazakhstan
Result: 3-1 (19-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-23) – watch full match here
Peru recorded it’s second win in the tournament, defeating Kazakhstan in four sets. Both teams have met before, including their last clash at the World Grand Prix last year. Peru coach, Mauro Marasciulo, pointed out teams’ different approaches as Kazakhstan arrived to Japan with entirely different roster to the one of 2015 World Grand Prix.
“They have a rich wealth of players. We are focused on youth“, he told FIVB at the press conference.
Kazakhstan coach, Vyacheslav Shapran, admitted his frustration over close results of the lost sets.
While Peru is still high in the race for the Olympic ticket, Kazakhstan’s hopes decreased, but are not entirely gone. Their chances won’t depend solely on their own wins.
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Italy vs Dominican Republic
Result: 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-23) – watch full match here
Italy is the last team standing without any losses at the WOQT so far. With the strong handicap of points, European team grows in confidence ahead of the coming matches.
Dominican Republic coach Marcos Kwiek, despite its third loss, sees the positives. “It was a tough match. Compared to the first and second matches, we are getting better. We made a lot of mistakes in the final set“, he said at the press conference after the match.
Bethania De La Cruz agreed with her coach on the team’s shape, but admitted that they still lack concentration, which turned out to be crucial reason of their loss.
Netherlands vs Thailand
Result: 3-0 (25-14, 25-1, 25-20) – watch full match here
After their loss against Korea and injury of their middle blocker Robin de Kruijf, the Dutch team played against Thailand with huge motivation. Their victory allowed the team to jump up the competition table. Coach Giovanni Guidetti praised his team’s discipline in the important moments.
As he told before in an interview for Volleyverse, Guidetti emphasized the struggle his team has against teams from Asia. “It’s not easy for us to play against Asian team. Their style is different to European teams. The Thai team has a very complicated system to go against“, he told FIVB after the match.
Thai player Tomkom Nootsara praised the opponent all the same. “The countermeasures they took against us worked very well, especially their serves“, she explained.
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Korea vs Japan
Result: 3-1 (28-26, 25-17, 17-25, 25-19) – watch full match here
Japan recorded its first loss in the competition, losing leader’s position in the WOQT table. Korea, who approached the match after their victory over Netherlands managed to strengthen its position in the battle for an Olympic berth.
Korea coach Lee Jungchul admitted the importance of developing Korean players. “We can’t do it with just Kim Yeon-Koung“, he said after the match. Yeon-Koung is Korea’s biggest star, praised by many of her opponents. Netherlands coach Giovanni Guidetti described her as “something he hasn’t seen in the past 20 years“.
Masayoshi Manabe went into details of Korea’s victory over his team.
Both teams focus on the upcoming all-Asian duels: Korea will face Kazakhstan, while Japan will play against Thailand.