News

Serbia and China on collision course for women's Olympic glory

 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 18, 2016 - Serbia and China will vie Saturday for the ultimate sporting title, gold at the Olympic Games, after both scored impressive, thrilling and very intense wins in Thursday's women's semifinals at Rio 2016.



China, the FIVB World Cup holders, return to an Olympic Games final for the first time since they beat Russia in Athens 2004, following a remarkably close 3-1 (27-25, 23-25, 29-27, 25-23) over European championship silver medallists (but nonetheless outsiders at Rio 2016) Netherlands Thursday night at the Maracanazinho.



Outside hitter Zhu Ting was the driving force behind China's win over a plucky Dutch side, scoring a tournament high of 33 points and joining the elite few in Olympic history who have brought in more than 30 in a single match.



Earlier in the morning Serbia had caused one of the biggest upsets in Olympic volleyball history, knocking out reigning world champions USA 3-2 (20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 16-25, 15-13) in the other semifinal. The Balkan side became the first European team since Russia in Athens 2004 to qualify to an Olympic final.



Saturday's final begins at 22:15. Earlier, at 13:00, USA will take on The Netherlands for bronze.

Summary Statistics - Women’s Tournament Rio 2016

Highest Scorer by Day
30 – Kim Yeon Koung of Korea v Japan on August 6
22 – Paola Egonu of Italy v China on August 8
22 – Tatiana Kosheleva of Russia v Korea on August 8
22 – Nataliya Gonncharova of Russia v Korea on August 8
20 – Zhu Ting of China v Puerto Rico on August 10
25 – Christelle Tchoudjang of Cameroon v Argentina on August 12
23 – Zhu Ting of China v United States on August 14
28 – Zhu Ting of China v Brazil on August 16
33 – Zhu Ting of China v Netherlands on August 18

Top Scoring Performances
33 – Zhu Ting of China v Netherlands on August 18
30 – Kim Yeon Koung of Korea v Japan on August 6
28 – Zhu Ting of China v Brazil on August 16
27 – Kim Yeon Koung of Korea v Netherlands on August 16
26 – Lonneke Sloetjes of Netherlands v China on August 6
25 – Christelle Tchoudjang of Cameroon v Argentina on August 12
24 – Zhu Ting of China v Netherlands on August 6
24 – Fernanda Rodrigues of Brazil v China on August 16

Top Individual Blocking Performances
8 – Stephanie Fotso of Cameroon v Russia on August 10
7 – Milena Rasic of Serbia v United States on August 18

6 – Rachael Adams of United States v Serbia on August 18
5 – Robin De Kruijf of Netherlands v United States on August 8
5 – Erika Araki of Japan v Brazil on August 10

5 – Robin De Kruijf of Netherlands v Serbia on August 14
5 – Milena Rasic of Serbia v Russia on August 16
5 – Brankica Mihajlovic of Serbia v United States on August 18

Top Individual Service Performances
8 – Ekaterina Kosianenko of Russia v Argentina on August 6
5 – Irina Voronkova of Russia v Korea on August 8
5 – Judith Pietersen of Netherlands v Korea on August 16
5 – Tijana Boskovic of Serbia v Russia on August 16
4 – Yang Hyo Jin of Korea v Japan on August 6
4 – Tatiana Kosheleva of Russia v Korea on August 8
4 – Milena Rasic of Serbia v United States on August 18

Top Team Blocking Performances
17 – United States v Serbia on August 18
16 – Serbia v United States on August 18
15 – China v Netherlands on August 6
14 – Russia v Korea on August 8
14 – Italy v United States on August 12
14 – Netherlands v Serbia on August 14
14 – Serbia v Netherlands on August 14

Top Team Serving Performances
12 – Russia v Korea on August 8
12 – Netherlands v Puerto Rico on August 12
12 – Netherlands v Korea on August 16
12 – Serbia v Russia on August 16
10 – Russia v Argentina on August 6

Highest Scoring Sets
30-28 Russia v Japan (2nd Set) on August 12
29-27 Serbia v Puerto Rico (1st Set) on August 8
29-27 China v Netherlands (2nd Set) on August 18
28-26 Cameroon v Argentina (3rd Set) on August 12
27-25 Serbia v Italy (1st Set) on August 6
27-25 Brazil v Korea (3rd Set) on August 12
27-25 China v Netherlands (1st Set) on August 18

Highest Scoring Matches
216 - Argentina d Cameroon 3-2 (19-25, 25-19, 26-28, 25-21, 15-13) on August 12
212 - Netherlands d China 3-2 (25-23, 21-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-13) on August 6
210 – China d Brazil 3-2 (15-25, 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13) on August 16
206 – Netherlands d Serbia 3-2 (25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 18-25, 15-8) on August 14
204 – China d Netherlands 3-1 (27-25, 23-25, 29-27, 25-23) on August 18
202 – Serbia d United States 3-2 (20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 16-21, 15-13) on August 18
200 - United States d Netherlands 3-2 (18-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20, 15-8) on August 8


Quick links - Women's Semifinals - Thursday, August 18:

News

{{item.LocalShortDate}}
All the News