London 2012: Day 1

The 28th of July is the first day of the Olympic competition. It was also a beginning of the Woman Volleyball Tournament which elapsed without any surprising results.

 

Pool A

Algeria 0 – 3 Japan

Top scorers: Z. Bensalem 9, L. Oulmou 5, T. Aissou 5; S. Kimura 15, S. Sakoda 10, R. Shinnabe 7

Team Japan started its Olympic campaign at Earls Court on Saturday morning by beating Algeria 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-7) to take maximum points from the opening match of Pool A. This is Japan’s third consecutive victory in straight sets over Algeria in international competitions and a very encouraging start for the group coached by Masayoshi Manabe. Saori Kimura paced Japan with 15 points with Saori Sakoda also finishing in double digits (10).

Great Britain 0 – 3 Russia

Top scorers: L. Beattie 11, R. Bragg 6, G. Carter 6; N. Goncharova 14, E. Gamova 13, M. Perepelkina 8

Russia beat the home heroines of Great Britain in three straight sets (25-19, 25-10, 25-16) on Saturday afternoon at Earls Court with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also in attendance for the debut of the group coached by Sergey Ovchinnikov.

It was a confident display of strength and consistency by the 2010 world champions who were playing Team GB for the first time in history. In front of a 15,000 crowd Team GB made a good start in the first set going up 2-0 and 3-1 and keeping the score close mainly via the offensive power of Savannah Leaf, Grace Carter, Rachel Bragg and Lynne Beattie. However, once Russia really got into the game, Ekaterina Gamova and Nataliya Goncharova quickly imposed their supremacy

Italy 3 – 1 Dominican Republic

Top scorers: S. Gioli 19, C. Costagrande 16, V. Arrighetti 16; M. Cabral 19, De la Cruz 14, A. Vargaz 9

Simona Gioli collected 19 points, including six blocks, to help Italy to claim a 3-1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15) victory over Dominican Republic in a match of Pool A of the women’s Olympic  Games tournament on Saturday.

Carolina Costagrande and Valentina Arrighetti each contributed 16 points to the winning effort while Antonella del Core added 11. Dominican Republic’s Milagros Cabral and Bethania De la Cruz registered 19 and 14 points respectively and Annerys Vargas charted nine.

 

Standings

  1. Russia                   Pts 3
  2. Japan                    Pts 3
  3. Italy                      Pts 3
  4. Dominican Rep.      Pts 0
  5. Algeria                   Pts 0
  6. Great Britain           Pts 0

Pool B

China 3 – 1 Serbia

Top scorers: Y. Xu 17, R. Hui 14, Y. Wang 11; M. Rasic 14, S. Veljkovic 10, B. Mihajlovic 9

London, Great Britain, July 28, 2012 – World No. 3 China recovered from a 0-1 deficit to play solid volleyball the rest of the way en route to a 3-1 (16-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-12) victory over Serbia in a match of Pool B of the women’s 2012 London Olympic Games tournament on Saturday.Xu Yunli led four China players with double digits in the score charts with 17 points, including seven blocks. Hui Ruoqi added 14 with three aces, while Wang Yimei and Yang Junjing tallied 11 points apiece. Serbia’s Milena Rasic finished with 14 and Stefana Veljkovic had 10.

USA 3 – 0 Korea

Top scorers: D. Hooker 21, J. Larson 16, F. Akinradewo15; Y.K. Kim 29, S.I Han 12, H. Hwang 12

One of the pre-favorites in this Olympic tournament, Team USA, stamped a 3-1 win (25-19, 25-17, 20-25, and 25-21) over Korea on Saturday to celebrate a convincing start of their Olympic campaign at Earls Court. This result improves USA record to 18 wins out of 29 matches against the Republic of Korea in international competitions and is the fifth American win at the Olympics vs. only 2 losses to the Asian ladies.

Brazil 3–2 Turkey

Top scorers: Sheilla 19, Jaqueline 13, Thaisa 12; N. Darnel 18, N. Ozsoy 15, G. Sonsirma 15

Defending champions Brazil survived a serious challenge and went on to outduel Turkey in thrilling five-setter (25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 25-27, 15-12) in the nightcap of opening day of the Olympic Games women’s volleyball tournament at Earls Court.Veteran Sheila Castro led the Brazilian side with 19 points, followed by Jaqueline Carvalho and Thaisa Menezes with 13 and 12 respectively. Fernanda Rodrigues and Fabiana Claudino each notched 10 points.Turkey’s Neslihan Darnel topped the defeated side with 18 points while Gozde Sonsirma and Neriman Ozsoy each collected 15.

 

Standings

  1. China        Pts 3
  2. USA          Pts 3
  3. Brazil        Pts 2
  4. Turkey      Pts 1
  5. Korea        Pts 0
  6. Serbia        Pts 0

Source: own news/ fivb.org.

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