| Event type

Volleyball, Women

Date25 July – 8 August 2021
LocationAriake Arena, 1 Chome-11-1 Ariake, Koto City, Tokyo, Japan
Participants143 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

As a result of the qualifying tournaments, the nine best national teams according to the rating of the International Olympic Committee made it to the Olympic Games, as only a highly ranked Netherlands team did not get to the Games. Any of the top 10 teams could win Olympic gold. The 2018 World Championship in Japan saw the first three places taken by Serbia, Italy and China, whilst teams from the United States and Brazil also figured highly in the rankings. Russia, always a very strong team, competed under the title of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), with quickly improving teams from Turkey and the Dominican Republic and Japan, the hosts of the competition making up the rest of the field.

The results of the competition in Group A could be called predictable, if not for one surprise. Japan lost the match to the Republic of Korea in a stubbornly contested match and left the tournament, having won only one game against the outsiders of Kenya. In Group B, a surprise also occurred, as the champion of the Olympic Games in Rio, the third ranked Chinese national team, did not progress from the group. Afterwards, vents developed predictably, except for a close Korea-Turkey quarter final, which Korea won only narrowly in the deciding tie break set. In the semifinals there were routine wins for the USA and Brazil, the leaders in the world rankings.

Before the semifinals, it was reported that Brazilian national team athlete Tandara Caixeta had tested positive for the drug Ostarine and was provisionally suspended from the rest of the competition. It was a major blow for the Brazilian team, and they were comfortably defeated in the final. Serbia won the bronze medal. The United States women’s team won Olympic gold for the first time with Brazil’s silver and Serbia’s bronze also being the first time those teams have won medals of that colour.

1United StatesUSAGold
Setter1Micha Hancock
Setter2Jordyn Poulter
Libero4Justine Wong-Orantes
Outside Hitter10Jordan Larson-Burbach
Opposite11Andrea Drews
Opposite12Jordan Thompson
Outside Hitter14Michelle Bartsch-Hackley
Outside Hitter15Kim Hill
Middle Blocker16Foluke Akinradewo
Middle Blocker22Haleigh Washington
Outside Hitter23Kelsey Robinson
Middle Blocker24Chiaka Ogbogu
CoachKarch Kiraly
CoachKarch Kiraly
Middle Blocker2Carol Gattaz
Outside Hitter7Rosamaria Montibeller
Setter8Macris Carneiro
Setter9Roberta Ratzke
Outside Hitter10 Gabi
Outside Hitter11 Tandara
Outside Hitter12Natália Zilio
Middle Blocker15Ana Carolina da Silva
Outside Hitter16Fê Garay
Outside Hitter17Ana Cristina Souza
Libero18Camila Brait
Middle Blocker20Ana Beatriz Correa
Coach Zé Roberto
Coach Zé Roberto
Outside Hitter1Bianka Buša
Middle Blocker5Mina Popović
Setter8Slađana Mirković
Outside Hitter9Brankica Mihajlović
Setter10Maja Ognjenović
Opposite13Ana Bjelica
Middle Blocker14Maja Aleksić
Middle Blocker16Milena Rašić
Libero17Silvija Popović
Opposite18Tijana Bošković
Outside Hitter19Bojana Milenković
Outside Hitter20Jelena Blagojević
CoachZoran Terzić
CoachZoran Terzić
4Republic of KoreaKOR
Outside Hitter1Lee So-Yeong
Setter3Yeom Hye-Seon
Opposite4Kim Hui-Jin
Setter7An Hye-Jin
Middle Blocker8Park Eun-Jin
Libero9Oh Ji-Yeong
Outside Hitter10Kim Yeon-Gyeong
Middle Blocker11Kim Su-Ji
Outside Hitter13Park Jeong-A
Middle Blocker14Yang Hyo-Jin
Opposite16Jeong Ji-Yun
Outside Hitter19Pyo Seung-Ju
CoachStefano Lavarini
CoachStefano Lavarini
Libero2Simge Aköz
Setter3Cansu Özbay
Outside Hitter4Tuğba Şenoğlu
Outside Hitter5Şeyma Ercan
Outside Hitter7Hande Baladın
Outside Hitter9Meliha İsmailoğlu
Setter11Naz Aydemir
Outside Hitter13Meryem Boz
Middle Blocker14Eda Erdem
Middle Blocker18Zehra Güneş
Outside Hitter99Ebrar Karakurt
Middle Blocker6Kübra Akman DNS
CoachGiovanni Guidetti
CoachGiovanni Guidetti
Opposite1Indre Sorokaite
Setter5Ofelia Malinov
Libero6Monica De Gennaro
Middle Blocker7Raphaela Folie
Setter8Alessia Orro
Outside Hitter9Caterina Bosetti
Middle Blocker10Cristina Chirichella
Middle Blocker11Anna Danesi
Middle Blocker13Sarah Fahr
Outside Hitter14Elena Pietrini
Outside Hitter17Miriam Sylla
Opposite18Paola Egonu
CoachDavide Mazzanti
CoachDavide Mazzanti
Outside Hitter4Darya Pilipenko
Setter5Polina Matveyeva
Middle Blocker6Irina Zaryazhko-Korolyova
Opposite8Nataliya Goncharova-Obmochayeva
Opposite10Arina Fedorovtseva
Opposite12Anna Lazareva
Setter13Yevgeniya Startseva
Middle Blocker14Irina Fetisova
Outside Hitter16Irina Voronkova
Libero19Anna Malova-Podkopayeva
Outside Hitter25Kseniya Smirnova
Middle Blocker26Yekaterina Yenina
CoachSergio Busato
CoachSergio Busato
8Dominican RepublicDOM
Middle Blocker1Annerys Vargas
Middle Blocker3Lisvel Eve
Libero5Brenda Castillo
Setter6Camil Domínguez
Setter7Niverka Marte
Outside Hitter14Prisilla Rivera
Outside Hitter16Yonkaira Peña
Outside Hitter18Bethania de la Cruz
Outside Hitter20Brayelín Martínez
Middle Blocker21Jineiry Martínez
Opposite23Gaila González
Outside Hitter25Larysmer Martínez
CoachMarcos Kwiek
CoachMarcos Kwiek
9People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Middle Blocker1Yuan Xinyue
Outside Hitter2Zhu Ting
Opposite6Gong Xiangyu
Middle Blocker7Wang Yuanyuan
Outside Hitter9Zhang Changning
Outside Hitter10Liu Xiaotong
Setter11Yao Di
Outside Hitter12Li Yingying
Setter16Ding Xia
Middle Blocker17Yan Ni
Libero18Wang Mengjie
Outside Hitter19Liu Yanhan
CoachLang Ping
CoachLang Ping
Outside Hitter1Ai Kurogo
Outside Hitter2Sarina Koga
Setter3Kanami Tashiro
Outside Hitter4Mayu Ishikawa
Middle Blocker5Haruyo Shimamura
Libero6Mako Kobata
Outside Hitter8Yuki Ishii
Middle Blocker9Mai Okumura
Middle Blocker11Erika Araki
Setter12Aki Momii
Outside Hitter15Kotona Hayashi
Middle Blocker19Nichika Yamada
CoachKumi Nakada
CoachKumi Nakada
Outside Hitter1Elina Rodríguez
Setter2Sabrina Germanier
Outside Hitter3Yaz Nizetich
Outside Hitter4Daniela Bulaich
Opposite6Eugenia Nosach
Middle Blocker11Julieta Lazcano
Libero12Tatiana Rizzo
Middle Blocker13Bianca Farriol
Setter14Victoria Mayer
Outside Hitter15Antonela Fortuna
Opposite16Érika Mercado
Middle Blocker17Candelaria Herrera
CoachHernán Ferraro
CoachHernán Ferraro
Setter1Jane Wacu Wairimu
Outside Hitter4Leonida Kasaya
Opposite5Sharon Chepchumba Kiprono
Setter8Joy Lusenaka
Outside Hitter10Noel Murambi
Middle Blocker12Gladys Ekaru Emaniman
Middle Blocker13Lorine Kaei
Outside Hitter14Mercy Moim
Outside Hitter15Pamela Jepkirui
Libero16Agripina Kundu
Opposite18Emmaculate Chemtai
Middle Blocker19Edith Mukuvilani
CoachLuizomar de Moura
CoachLuizomar de Moura

Preliminary Round

Date25 July – 2 August 2021
FormatRound-robin pools.

Group A

PosCompetitorsNOCWinsLossesPointsSetsSet RatioPointsPoints Ratio
3Republic of KoreaKOR3279-100.900374-4150.901
4Dominican RepublicDOM23810-101.000411-4061.012
Match #125 Jul 14:20SerbiaSRB25-18, 25-12, 25-20Dominican RepublicDOM
Match #225 Jul 19:40JapanJPN25-15, 25-11, 25-23KenyaKEN
Match #325 Jul 21:45BrazilBRA25-10, 25-22, 25-19Republic of KoreaKOR
Match #427 Jul 14:20SerbiaSRB25-23, 25-16, 26-24JapanJPN
Match #527 Jul 19:40BrazilBRA22-25, 25-17, 25-13, 23-25, 15-12Dominican RepublicDOM
Match #627 Jul 21:45Republic of KoreaKOR25-14, 25-22, 26-24KenyaKEN
Match #729 Jul 11:05Republic of KoreaKOR25-20, 17-25, 25-18, 15-25, 15-12Dominican RepublicDOM
Match #829 Jul 14:20SerbiaSRB25-21, 25-11, 25-20KenyaKEN
Match #929 Jul 19:40BrazilBRA25-16, 25-18, 26-24JapanJPN
Match #1031 Jul 9:00Dominican RepublicDOM25-19, 25-18, 25-10KenyaKEN
Match #1131 Jul 16:25BrazilBRA25-20, 25-16, 23-25, 25-19SerbiaSRB
Match #1231 Jul 19:40Republic of KoreaKOR25-19, 19-25, 25-22, 15-25, 16-14JapanJPN
Match #1302 Aug 9:00SerbiaSRB25-18, 25-17, 25-15Republic of KoreaKOR
Match #1402 Aug 19:40Dominican RepublicDOM25-10, 25-23, 19-25, 25-19JapanJPN
Match #1502 Aug 21:45BrazilBRA25-10, 25-16, 25-8KenyaKEN

Group B

PosCompetitorsNOCWinsLossesPointsSetsSet RatioPointsPoints Ratio
1United StatesUSA411012-71.714418-4011.042
5People's Republic of ChinaCHN2378-90.889374-3850.971
Match #125 Jul 9:00ItalyITA25-23, 25-19, 25-14ROCROC
Match #225 Jul 11:05United StatesUSA25-20, 25-19, 25-20ArgentinaARG
Match #325 Jul 16:25TurkeyTUR25-21, 25-14, 25-14People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Match #427 Jul 9:00ROCROC25-19, 25-15, 25-13ArgentinaARG
Match #527 Jul 11:05United StatesUSA29-27, 25-22, 25-21People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Match #627 Jul 16:25ItalyITA25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 25-15TurkeyTUR
Match #729 Jul 9:00ItalyITA25-21, 25-16, 25-15ArgentinaARG
Match #829 Jul 16:25ROCROC25-17, 23-25, 20-25, 27-25, 15-12People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Match #929 Jul 21:45United StatesUSA25-19, 25-20, 17-25, 20-25, 15-12TurkeyTUR
Match #1031 Jul 11:05ROCROC25-20, 25-12, 25-19United StatesUSA
Match #1131 Jul 14:20TurkeyTUR25-23, 25-20, 25-18ArgentinaARG
Match #1231 Jul 21:45People's Republic of ChinaCHN25-21, 25-20, 26-24ItalyITA
Match #1302 Aug 11:05United StatesUSA21-25, 25-16, 25-27, 25-16, 15-12ItalyITA
Match #1402 Aug 14:20TurkeyTUR21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-25, 15-10ROCROC
Match #1502 Aug 16:25People's Republic of ChinaCHN25-15, 25-22, 25-19ArgentinaARG


Date4 August 2021
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
Match #104 Aug 9:00Republic of KoreaKOR17-25, 25-17, 28-26, 18-25, 15-13TurkeyTUR
Match #204 Aug 13:00United StatesUSA25-11, 25-20, 25-19Dominican RepublicDOM
Match #304 Aug 17:00SerbiaSRB25-21, 25-14, 25-21ItalyITA
Match #404 Aug 21:30BrazilBRA23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22ROCROC


Date6 August 2021
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final round.
Match #106 Aug 13:00United StatesUSA25-19, 25-15, 25-23SerbiaSRB
Match #206 Aug 21:00BrazilBRA25-16, 25-16, 25-16Republic of KoreaKOR

Final Round

Date8 August 2021
FormatMedal round.
Match 1/208 Aug 13:30United StatesUSA25-21, 25-20, 25-14BrazilBRA
Match 3/408 Aug 9:00SerbiaSRB25-18, 25-15, 25-15Republic of KoreaKOR