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Semifinalists confirmed at Sitting Volleyball World Championships

Rotterdam, Netherlands, 19 July, 2018 – Debutants Italy continued their dream run by beating the hosts the Netherlands in Thursday’s women’s quarterfinals to confirm a semifinal clash with Paralympic champions USA on Friday.

That was one of the outstanding story lines on an action packed quarterfinal day at the Sitting Volleyball World Championship in Rotterdam (women) and Eindhoven (men).

The major headline in the men’s tournament was the intriguing clash between 2014 world champions Bosnia and Herzegovina and 2017 European champions Russia.

It was fourth seeded Bosnia and Herzegovina who pounded out a victory in four sets to ensure their spot in the semis on Saturday in The Hague and keep alive their hopes of a fourth World Championship title in five editions.

Women
All four quarterfinals were exceptional matches starting with USA’s dominant performance against fourth seeds the Ukraine followed by 2010 & 2014 world champions China’s efficient straight sets win over Canada.

The last two quarterfinals saw Russia beat Brazil in a superb four-set match before Italy pulled off another huge scalp, ensuring the Netherlands won’t participate in the semifinals for the first time in World Championship history.

WOMEN – Rotterdam – Quarterfinals
Thu Jul 19 18:00 Italy v Netherlands 3-2 (25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-11)
Thu Jul 19 12:00 Slovenia v Croatia 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-10)
Thu Jul 19 11:00 USA v Ukraine 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-13)
Thu Jul 19 14:00 Hungary v Egypt 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-19)
Thu Jul 19 13:00 China v Canada 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-17)
Thu Jul 19 16:00 Japan v Finland 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-19)
Thu Jul 19 15:00 Russia v Brazil 3-1 (25-22, 25-17, 23-25, 26-24)
Thu Jul 19 19:00 Iran v Rwanda 3-0 (25-16, 27-25, 25-13)

 

Men
It was equally exciting in the men’s competition in Eindhoven where not only were defending champions Bosnia & Herzegovina impressive in their four-set win over Russia but likewise, Brazil were equally strong in their straight sets win against USA to set up a repeat of the 2014 World Championship final in the semifinals.

Meanwhile, Paralympic champions Iran defeated Paralympic bronze medallists Egypt in four tough sets to set up a semifinal against the Ukraine who were too polished for China in the quarterfinal match and reached the World Championship semifinals for the first time.

MEN – Eindhoven – Quarterfinals
Thu Jul 19 11:00 Croatia v Rwanda 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-21)
Thu Jul 19 12:00 Ukraine v China 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-20)
Thu Jul 19 13:00 Iraq v Japan 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-21)
Thu Jul 19 14:00 Iran v Egypt 3-1 (25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-15)
Thu Jul 19 15:00 Germany v Poland 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-21)
Thu Jul 19 16:00 Brazil v USA 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-20)
Thu Jul 19 18:00 Netherlands v Kazakhstan 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-17)
Thu Jul 19 19:00 Bosnia & Herzegovina v Russia 3-1 (25-13, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22)

Semifinals

The women’s semifinals on Friday at the Luxor Theatre in Rotterdam sees China take on Russia at 13:00 and Italy play USA at 15:00 while Canada play Brazil and the Netherlands take on Ukraine in classification matches for positions 5 to 8.

Meanwhile, Croatia v Egypt (places 15-16), Slovenia v Hungary (places 13-14), Rwanda v Finland (places 11-12), Iran v Japan (places 9-10) play at the Topsportcentrum in Rotterdam to determine their final positions in the tournament.

WOMEN – Rotterdam – Semifinals & Classification
Fri Jul 20
18:00 L25 v L26 Netherlands v Ukraine
cl 5-8 (Match No 37)
Fri Jul 20 12:00 L31 v L32 Croatia v Egypt
pl 15-16 (Match No 34)
Fri Jul 20 11:00 L27 v L28 Canada v Brazil
cl 5-8 (Match No 38)
Fri Jul 20 14:00 W31 v W32 Slovenia v Hungary
pl 13-14 (Match No 36)
Fri Jul 20 13:00 W27 v W28 China v Russia
Semifinal (Match No 39)
Fri Jul 20 16:00 L29 v L30 Rwanda v Finland
pl 11-12 (Match No 33)
Fri Jul 20 15:00 W25 v W26 Italy v USA
Semifinal (Match No 40)
Fri Jul 20 19:00 W29 v W30 Iran v Japan
pl 9-10 (Match No 35)

Friday is a travel day for the men as they move to The Hague where it will be the first time since London 2012 where Egypt, Brazil, Iran and Bosnia & Herzegovina are not all featuring in the semfinals of a major tournament.

MEN – The Hague – Semifinals & Classification
Sat Jul 21 11:00 L31 v L32 Rwanda v Japan
pl 15-16 (Match No 34)
Sat Jul 21 12:00 L25 v L26 China v Egypt
cl 5-8 (Match No 37)
Sat Jul 21 13:00 W31 v W32 Croatia v Iraq
pl 13-14 (Match 36)
Sat Jul 21 14:00 L27 v L28 USA v Russia
cl 5-8 (Match No 38)
Sat Jul 21 15:00 L29 v L30 Netherlands v Poland
pl 11-12 (Match No 33)
Sat Jul 21 16:00 W25 v W26 Ukraine v Iran
Semifinal (Match No 39)
Sat Jul 21 18:00 W29 v W30 Kazakhstan v Germany
pl 9-10 (Match No 35)
Sat Jul 21 19:00 W27 v W28 Brazil v Bosnia & Herzegovina Semifinal (Match No 40)

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