Japan, Peru, Italy and Korea took the stage at the Day 2 at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo, securing victories over Kazakhstan, Dominican Republic, Thailand and Netherlands respectively. Catch up with all the action!
Check out WOQT Day 1 recap here.
Italy vs Thailand
Result: 3-1 (17-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-16) – watch full match here
Despite a great opening from WOQT Day 1 heroines Thailand, who wanted to keep the momentum after their victory over Dominican Republic, were stopped by Italy. The European team claimed second victory in the competition.
Italy’s captain Antonella Del Core admitted the team did not expect such start from the Thai team.
Coach Marco Bonitta praised Thailand for their high level game in the first and fourth set, but was satisfied that his team addressed their problem eventually in the second set.
Tomorrow all teams will have a rest day to come back the day after on court, where Italy will face Dominican Republic, while Thailand will have its second European clash against Netherlands.
Full WOQT preview can be found here.
Peru vs Dominican Republic
Result: 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 26-24) – watch full match here
Could Peru be our WOQT Cinderella alongside Thailand? Second team of the South American Olympic Qualifier stunned the crowd with surprising straight set victory over Dominican Republic.
The young team, led by Mauro Marasciulo, celebrates its first victory in Tokyo. Prior to the event the coach admitted that Peru went through tough times in the past few years and is working hard to make its way to the top volleyball. After the match, Marasciulo focused on key issues that his young team need to improve.
Dominican Republic, despite return of Bethania De La Cruz, face problem of the second loss at the WOQT. The team tries to stay positive, but their chances to win the ticket to Rio 2016 have slightly melted.
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Netherlands vs Korea
Result: 0-3 (27-29, 23-25, 21-25) – watch full match here
Coach Giovanni Guidetti warned that Asian style of volleyball might be an issue for Netherlands. His concerns turned out to be true, when the Dutch faced Korea on the WOQT Day 2. Koreans claimed straight sets victory with their leader Kim Yeon-Koung scoring 24 points! Guidetti couldn’t ignore opponent’s performance.
Korea’s captain Kim Yeon-Koung explained that her team had a long discussion after the loss on a Day 1 and shared to key to win in the upcoming matches.
Full WOQT schedule can be found here.
Japan vs Kazakhstan
Result: 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-11) – watch full match here
This is a dream start for the WOQT hosting team Japan with two straight set wins after the Day 2. Japan is the only team without losing a single set, but coach Masayoshi Manabe warned there is still long way to go to secure an Olympic berth. Japanese are yet to face competition favourites, including Europeans Netherlands and Italy, as well as one of their main ‘local’ opponents Korea. Japan will be playing Korea on the Day 3.
For Kazakhstan the situation doesn’t look very bright. After their second loss without scoring any points, the Olympic berth seems farther than ever.