The Asian Volleyball Confederation has just released the official team rosters of the participating nations for the 6th AVC Cup for Women that will be held from September 16-23 at Chatchuri Hall, Nakhon Ratchasima Thailand. Here’s who will don the national colors of the respective countries.
Team South Korea
Team Chinese Taipei
The host team is sending their best players to this tournament. However, young sensation Chatchu-on Moksri will not be able to play due to the ankle injury she suffered after landing awkwardly in the second set of their 2018 Asian Games quarterfinals straight-sets victory against Vietnam. Moksri will see action though in the FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championship in Japan later this month.
Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup 2018 Tournament Format
The ten participating teams were drawn into three pools based on their performance during the 2017 Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship. The three top teams are grouped in Pool A while the next three are in Pool B. The remaining four teams are assigned to Pool C. Here’s how the draw for the 2018 AVC Cup for Women went:
Each team will face the other squads in the pools once and their rankings for the quarterfinals will be determined as follows:
- Number of matches won
- Match points – total number of points scored in all matches
- Sets ratio – number of sets won divided by number of sets lost then multiplied by 100
- Points ratio – points scored divided by points given then multiplied by 100
- Match result between the tied teams
The teams in Pools A and B are automatically qualified to the quarterfinals but pool play will determine their rankings. Pool A squads will get the first to third seeds while Pool B is guaranteed with the fourth to sixth spots. Meanwhile, those six teams will be joined by the top two teams in Pool C and the bottom two teams will play in the classification round.
The top eight teams will move into the quarterfinals. The top ranked team will face the eighth-ranked team while the 2nd best will battle with the 6th. The third will compete with the 5th and the fourth will match up with the 7th. The winners between the R1-R8 and the R4-R7 matches will be paired in the semifinals. Same goes for the victors of the R2-R6 and R3-R5 matches. Semifinal winners will proceed to the gold medal match while the losers will fight for the bronze. All of the games mentioned are in knockout format.
On the other hand, teams that have been eliminated earlier will play in the classification round. The 10th place team will compete with the loser of the R3-R5 quarterfinal match while the 9th placer will face the loser of the R2-R6 match. Winners from those games will move on to the 5th-8th classification round while the losers are ranked 10th and 9th respectively. The bottom two teams will be relegated to the AVC Women’s Volleyball Challenge Cup while their sports will be taken by the top two teams in the latest edition of that tournament.
For the other pairing in the 5th-8th classification phase, the loser of the R4-R7 match will encounter the loser in the R1-R8 game. The winners of both matches will then compete for fifth place while the losers will play for seventh.