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Volleyball, Women

Date9 – 23 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Ligong Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing / Shoudu Tiyguan, Beijing
Participants140 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pool advanced teams to classification matches.

In the now standard format, 12 teams competed, separated into two pools of six, followed by elimination and medal/placement matches. The qualifying teams were selected as follows: host nation (China), World Cup (Italy, Brazil, United States), Continental qualifiers (Algeria, Kazakhstan, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela), and qualifying tournaments (Poland, Serbia, Japan).

Brazil’s women’s team had won seven FIVB World Grand Prix’s since 1993 and was ranked number one coming in to Beijing. But the Brazilians had never won a gold medal in women’s volleyball. At the 2006 World Championships, they had been runners-up behind Russia. The semi-finals saw Brazil playing the hometown Chinese, the defending gold medalists, and the United States playing the formerly dominant Cuban team. But neither team was a match for Brazil and the United States as both won easily in three sets. The United States had not won a major international event in women’s indoor volleyball, but in Beijing, US teams won the men’s indoor volleyball gold, and both beach volleyball gold medals. But Brazil was too strong, and the US could not sweep the volleyball gold medals, losing in four sets, 25-15, 18-25, 25-13, 25-21.

PosNrTeamNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1BrazilBRA801624–1622–409Gold
2United StatesUSA621219–14712–682Silver
3People's Republic of ChinaCHN531019–11701–612Bronze
4CubaCUB621219–9630–609
=5ItalyITA42814–7467–419
=5JapanJPN2447–14429–464
=5Russian FederationRUS33610–9419–389
=5SerbiaSRB2446–13410–426
=9KazakhstanKAZ1424–13323–404
=9PolandPOL1429–12441–445
=11AlgeriaALG0501–15230–392
=11VenezuelaVEN0501–15262–395

Preliminary Round (9 – 17 August 2008)

Round-robin pool.

Group A (9 – 17 August 2008)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1CUB501015–3426–371
2USA41812–9459–441
3CHN32613–7467–395
4JPN2347–11381–389
5POL1429–12441–445
6VEN0501–15262–395

Match #109 Aug 14:30CUB 3 – 1POL
Match #209 Aug 20:00CHN 3 – 0VEN
Match #309 Aug 22:00USA 3 – 1JPN
Match #411 Aug 12:35CUB 3 – 0USA
Match #511 Aug 20:00CHN 3 – 1POL
Match #611 Aug 22:15JPN 3 – 0VEN
Match #713 Aug 12:00USA 3 – 1VEN
Match #813 Aug 20:00CUB 3 – 2CHN
Match #913 Aug 22:30JPN 3 – 2POL
Match #1015 Aug 12:30POL 3 – 0VEN
Match #1115 Aug 20:00USA 3 – 2CHN
Match #1215 Aug 22:45CUB 3 – 0JPN
Match #1317 Aug 12:00CUB 3 – 0VEN
Match #1417 Aug 12:30USA 3 – 2POL
Match #1517 Aug 20:00CHN 3 – 0JPN

Group B (9 – 17 August 2008)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1BRA501015–0377–226
2ITA41812–4372–315
3RUS32610–6353–312
4SRB2346–10343–349
5KAZ1424–13323–404
6ALG0501–15230–392

Match #109 Aug 10:00ITA 3 – 1RUS
Match #209 Aug 12:15SRB 3 – 1KAZ
Match #309 Aug 12:30BRA 3 – 0ALG
Match #411 Aug 10:00SRB 3 – 0ALG
Match #511 Aug 12:00ITA 3 – 0KAZ
Match #611 Aug 14:30BRA 3 – 0RUS
Match #713 Aug 10:00ITA 3 – 0ALG
Match #813 Aug 12:30RUS 3 – 0KAZ
Match #913 Aug 14:30BRA 3 – 0SRB
Match #1015 Aug 10:00RUS 3 – 0ALG
Match #1115 Aug 12:00BRA 3 – 0KAZ
Match #1215 Aug 14:30ITA 3 – 0SRB
Match #1317 Aug 10:00KAZ 3 – 1ALG
Match #1417 Aug 15:15BRA 3 – 0ITA
Match #1517 Aug 22:00RUS 3 – 0SRB

Quarter-Finals (19 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Match #119 Aug 10:00CUB 3 – 0SRB
Match #219 Aug 12:00BRA 3 – 0JPN
Match #319 Aug 20:00CHN 3 – 0RUS
Match #419 Aug 22:00USA 3 – 2ITA

Semi-Finals (21 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to final round.

Match #121 Aug 12:35USA 3 – 0CUB
Match #221 Aug 20:00BRA 3 – 0CHN

Final Round (23 August 2008)

Medal round.

Match 1/223 Aug 20:00BRA 3 – 1USA
Match 3/423 Aug 12:30CHN 3 – 1CUB

Rankings

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