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FIVB Announces Pools for World League Final Round

July 20, 2009, 1:09 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800

ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 19, 2009) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team will compete in Pool E with Russia and Serbia in the final round of FIVB World League, July 22-26 in Belgrade, Serbia.

The FIVB announced the final round pairings on Sunday. Argentina, Brazil and Cuba will make up Pool F. The top two teams from each pool will advance to the semifinals on Saturday. The medal matches will be played on Sunday.

The United States, Serbia, Cuba and Brazil all advanced to the final round as pool winners. Because Serbia is the host country, Argentina, the second-place team from its pool, also advanced. Russia, which finished second to Cuba in Pool C, advanced as the wild card team with the next-best point total.

The U.S. Men’s Team is the defending World League champion.

2009 FIVB World League Final Pool Standings

Pool A
1. USA, 9-3, 27 pts.
2. Italy, 8-4, 22 pts.
3. Netherlands, 4-8, 13 pts.
4. China, 3-9, 10 pts.

Pool B
1. Serbia, 8-4, 24 pts.
2. Argentina, 7-5, 21 pts.
3. France, 6-6, 18 pts.
4. Korea, 3-9, 9 pts.

Pool C
1. Cuba, 8-4, 26 pts.
2. Russia, 8-4, 23 pts.
3. Bulgaria, 5-7, 15 pts.
4. Japan, 3-9, 8 pts.

Pool D
1. Brazil, 10-1, 33 pts.
2. Finland, 7-5, 21 pts.
3. Poland, 5-7, 13 pts.
4. Venezuela, 1-10, 5 pts.

2009 FIVB World League Final Round Schedule

Pool E
July 22: Serbia vs. USA, 11:30 a.m. PT
July 23: USA vs. Russia, 11:30 a.m. PT
July 24: Russia vs. Serbia, 11:30 a.m. PT

Pool F
July 22: Argentina vs. Cuba, 8:30 a.m. PT
July 23: Cuba vs. Brazil, 8:30 a.m. PT
July 24: Brazil vs. Argentina, 8:30 a.m. PT

July 25: Semifinals
  Pool F Winner vs. Pool E Second Place, 8:30 a.m. PT*
  Pool E Winner vs. Pool F Second Place, 11:30 a.m. PT*
  *As host country, Serbia will always play the late match so this schedule may be reversed.

July 26: Medal Matches
  Bronze Medal, 8 a.m. PT
  Gold Medal, 11 a.m. PT