Volleyball: Italy Wins Women’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament

Four teams qualified at the end of the 2016 Women’s World Volleyball Olympic Qualification Tournament. The tournament also doubled as the Asian continental tournament. The top ranked Asian and the top three overall nations qualified to the Olympics. In total eight teams (4 Asian, 2 European, 1 NORCECA and 1 South American) compete in a round robin tournament. The Women’s World Volleyball Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Tokyo, Japan from May 14th to May 22nd 2016.

The first two days saw Italy win its first two matches including a strong 3-1 win over South Korea. South Korea recovered in its second match where it defeated the Netherlands in straight sets. Japan also remained undefeated with straight sets wins over Peru and Kazakhstan.

After a day of rest another two matches were played. Italy remained undefeated with straight set wins over the Dominican Republic and Peru. Meanwhile Japan suffered its first loss to South Korea as the team lost 3-1. Japan almost suffered a second loss to Thailand where they were forced to win the last two sets to win in a narrow 3-2 match.

The Dominican Republic and Kazakhstan were officially eliminated on the fifth match after losing to Japan and Thailand respectively. Italy also suffered its first loss after losing to the Netherlands in straight sets. On the sixth set of matches Thailand made a final stand in its attempt to qualify to the Olympics by coming back 2-0 against South Korea to win in a 3-2 thriller. Thailand however was eliminated after Italy and Japan finished in a 3-2 match. Overall Italy, Netherlands, Japan and South Korea all qualified to the Olympics with one match remaining. The final set of matches contained one upset where the Dominican Republic defeated South Korea in straight sets. Italy was able to clinch the title by winning its match over Kazakhstan and having Japan come back from being down 2-1 to win 3-2 over the Netherlands.

For Japan and South Korea this will be their 12th and 11th Olympic appearance respectively. For Italy this will be their fifth Olympic appearance, all of the consecutively while for the Netherlands this will be their third Olympics and first time since 1996. There is one final spot remaining in the women’s tournament which will be decided later today at the intercontinental tournament.

 

Tournament Rankings

  1. Italy
  2. Netherlands
  3. Japan
  4. South Korea
  5. Thailand
  6. Dominican Republic
  7. Peru
  8. Kazakhstan

 

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