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All four World Cup Championships semifinalists will be revealed on the same day.
The FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup Championships 2022 quarterfinals will be contested on Tuesday in the Netherlands and Poland. The four semifinalists will be determined when Italy faces China and Brazil faces Japan in Apeldoorn, and the United States faces Turkey in Gliwice, and hosts Poland faces reigning champions Serbia at the World Cup Championships.
Italy, the reigning Volleyball Nations League and European winners, and China, the current FIVB Volleyball World Cup Championships, will face off in the tournament’s quarterfinals at 18:00 local time (16:00 GMT) in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn. Italy won Pool E with an 8-1 win-loss record and 25 points, while China finished fourth with a 7-2 record and 20 points. In the first round of the World Championship, both teams won their pools.
The two teams will clash for the 49th time in a major international competition. China had won 26 of the previous 48 meetings, but Italy had won the two most recent games earlier this year. China defeated Italy in four sets in a VNL Preliminary Phase match in Ankara on June 4, but in a quarterfinal encounter in the same Turkish city at the World Cup Championships, the European champions hit back at their Asian opponents and knocked them out in four sets on their route to the triumph. Last Saturday, in a World Championship Pool E match, Italian star Paola Egonu scored 27 points to lead her side to a 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 25-20) victory against China, while Wang Yunlu contributed 11 points for the Asians.
The quarterfinal match schedule in Gliwice, Poland, will begin with a clash between defending Olympic winners USA and VNL semifinalists Türkiye. The first whistle will blow at 18:30 p.m. local time (16:30 GMT). In the first phase, the Turkish team won Pool B, while the Americans finished second in Pool C. In the second round at the World Cup Championships, the United States finished second in Pool F with a 7-2 record and 20 points, while Turkey finished third with a 6-3 record and 17 points.
The match ended 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 25-22) in favor of the US, with middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu leading the way with 15 points, including six stuffs, while her Turkish counterpart Zehra Gunes and opposite Ebrar Karakurt both put away 16 on the other side of the net. The Americans also have a strong head-to-head record. They have won 18 of the past 22 big world-level meetings with Türkiye and are undefeated against this opponent since 2019. However, the confrontations between the two teams were prolonged to five-set thrillers in both last year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and this year’s VNL at the World Cup Championships.
Back in Apeldoorn, the third quarterfinal will feature a tense match between South American champions Brazil and Asian champions Japan, beginning at 20:00 local time (18:00 GMT). Japan and Brazil finished second and third in Pool D in the first phase of the World Championship, respectively, but exchanged places in the final Pool E standings. Brazil finished second in the pool with an 8-1 win-loss record and 23 points, followed by Japan with a 7-2 record and 21 points.
In fact, Japan is the only team to have defeated Brazil in the World Championship thus far. They did so on September 30 in a Pool D encounter, headed by outside Arisa Inoue’s 27 points in a 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 17-25, 25-20) triumph, with Priscila Daroit leading the Brazilian scoring with 17 points. It was the Asian team’s first victory against the South American powerhouse since 2017. Brazil defeated Japan in a VNL quarterfinal earlier this year, winning in four sets. The Brazilians had a 61-15 head-to-head record in key world-level competitions heading into the 77th match between the two teams.
While reigning champions Serbia are the overwhelming favorites in their all-European quarterfinal clash with Poland, which begins at 20:30 local time (18:30 GMT), their opponents will benefit from the strong backing of the home fans in Gliwice at the World Cup Championships. Serbia breezed through the first two stages of the competition, winning Pools C and F with just two sets lost in nine matches. Poland finished fourth in Pool F with 6-3 and 17 points, staying barely over the cut-off line in both stages.
Poland and Serbia have met 11 times in major international events since the latter began participating as a distinct country. The Poles won three of the matches, but none in the recent decade. The two teams have previously played five times at the continental level, with Serbia leading the series 3-2. When they met last Tuesday in Lodz, the southern Europeans won 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-18), with star opposite Tijana Boskovic leading the Serbian offense with 14 points, matching her Polish counterpart Magdalena Stysiak and falling three points short of outside Olivia Rozanski’s match high of 17 points at the World Cup Championships.
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