FIVB Sets 2012 World Grand Prix Schedule

April 02, 2012, 12:27 p.m. (ET)
Courtesy FIVB

Bill Kauffman
Associate Director, Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 2, 2012) – The FIVB has announced the schedule for the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix that starts June 8 and goes through July 1.

The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, the two-time defending World Grand Prix champions and current No. 1 in the world, opens its title defense on June 8 against Germany in a Pool B match at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Team USA follows with first-round matches against either Algeria or Chinese Taipei (play-in winner decided April 27-28) on June 9 and host Dominican Republic on June 10.

The U.S. travels south to Brazil for the second preliminary round weekend with three tough contests. Team USA opens Pool E against 2011 FIVB World Cup winner Italy on June 15, followed by a match against Germany on June 16 and second-ranked Brazil on June 17.

The U.S. travels halfway around the world for the third preliminary round weekend with Pool J set in Bangkok, Thailand. Team USA faces Serbia on June 22, followed by Argentina on June 23 and host Thailand on June 25.

The top five teams among the 16-teams in the preliminary round advance to the Final Round, along with host China. The six-team Final Round will take place June 27 to July 1 starting with two pools of three. The top two teams in each Final Round pool advance to the crossover semifinal on June 30 before the medal-round matches on July 1.

Team USA will play six of its nine matches against teams ranked among the top nine in the world: No. 2 Brazil, No. 4 Italy, No. 6 Serbia, No. 8 Germany (twice), No. 9 Dominican Republic, No. 12 Thailand, No. 16 Algeria (if advance in play-in), No. 18 Argentina and No. 28 Chinese Taipei (if advance in play-in). Should Algeria advance, the average preliminary round U.S. opponent ranking for the nine matches is 9.22, or 10.56 if Chinese Taipei advances.

For more details on the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix, visit click here.

At the 2011 World Grand Prix, the U.S. topped Brazil in the gold-medal match, while Serbia won the bronze medal. Later in the year, Team USA finished second at the FIVB World Cup behind gold-medalist Italy to earn a spot in the 2012 Olympic Games.

For a full review of the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix and the U.S. Women during the entire 2011 season, view the 2011 U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Yearbook at click here.

Pool A – Macau, China
June 8: Argentina vs. Thailand, 5:20 p.m.
June 8: China vs. Puerto Rico, 8:50 p.m.
June 9: Puerto Rico vs. Thailand, 2:50 p.m.
June 9: Argentina vs. China, 5:20 p.m.
June 10: Argentina vs. Puerto Rico, 12:50 p.m.
June 10: China vs. Thailand, 3:20 p.m.

Pool B – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
June 8: USA vs. Germany, 5 p.m.
June 8: Dominican Republic vs. Algeria or Chinese Taipei, 7:30 p.m.
June 9: USA vs. Algeria or Chinese Taipei, 5 p.m.
June 9: Germany vs. Dominican Republic, 7:30 p.m.
June 10: Germany vs. Algeria or Chinese Taipei, 2:30 p.m.
June 10: USA vs. Dominican Republic, 5 p.m.

Pool C – Busan, Korea
June 8: Japan vs. Turkey, 2 p.m.
June 8: Korea vs. Cuba, 4:30 p.m.
June 9: Korea vs. Turkey, 2 p.m.
June 9: Japan vs. Cuba, 4:30 p.m.
June 10: Korea vs. Japan, 2 p.m.
June 10: Cuba vs. Turkey, 4:30 p.m.

Pool D – Lodz, Poland
June 8: Italy vs. Brazil, 5:30 p.m.
June 8: Poland vs. Serbia, 8 p.m.
June 9: Serbia vs. Brazil, 12:30 p.m.
June 9: Poland vs. Italy, 3 p.m.
June 10: Italy vs. Serbia, 5:30 p.m.
June 10: Poland vs. Brazil, 8 p.m.

Pool E – Sao Paulo, Brazil
June 15: USA vs. Italy, 6:20 p.m.
June 15: Brazil vs. Germany, 8:20 p.m.
June 16: USA vs. Germany, 6:20 p.m.
June 16: Brazil vs. Italy, 8:20 p.m.
June 17: USA vs. Brazil, 1:20 p.m.
June 17: Germany vs. Italy, 3:20 p.m.

Pool F – Komaki, Japan
June 15: Thailand vs. Puerto Rico, 3:20 p.m.
June 15: Japan vs. Dominican Republic, 6:20 p.m.
June 16: Dominican Republic vs. Thailand, 3:20 p.m.
June 16: Japan vs. Puerto Rico, 6:20 p.m.
June 17: Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico, 3 p.m.
June 17: Japan vs. Thailand, 6 p.m.

Pool G – Foshan, China
June 15: Korea vs. Poland, 4 p.m.
June 15: China vs. Algeria or Chinese Taipei, 7:30 p.m.
June 16: Poland vs. Algeria or Chinese Taipei, 4 p.m.
June 16: China vs. Korea, 7:30 p.m.
June 17: Korea vs. Algeria or Chinese Taipei, 4 p.m.
June 17: China vs. Poland, 7:30 p.m.

Pool H – Belgrade, Serbia
June 15: Serbia vs. Argentina, 5:20 p.m.
June 15: Cuba vs. Turkey, 8:05 p.m.
June 16: Cuba vs. Serbia, 5:20 p.m.
June 16: Turkey vs. Argentina, 8:05 p.m.
June 17: Serbia vs. Turkey, 5:20 p.m.
June 17: Argentina vs. Cuba, 8:05 p.m.

Pool I – Osaka, Japan
June 22: Korea vs. Turkey, 3:20 p.m.
June 22: Japan vs. Germany, 6:20 p.m.
June 23: Germany vs. Korea, 3:20 p.m.
June 23: Japan vs. Turkey, 6:20 p.m.
June 24: Germany vs. Turkey, 3 p.m.
June 24: Japan vs. Korea, 6 p.m.

Pool J – Bangkok, Thailand
June 22: USA vs. Serbia, 1:50 p.m.
June 22: Thailand vs. Argentina, 4:20 p.m.
June 23: USA vs. Argentina, 1:50 p.m.
June 23: Serbia vs. Thailand, 4:20 p.m.
June 24: Argentina vs. Serbia, 1:50 p.m.
June 25: USA vs. Thailand, 4:20 p.m.

Pool K – Luohe, China
June 22: Cuba vs. Brazil, 4 p.m.
June 22: China vs. Puerto Rico, 7:30 p.m.
June 23: Puerto Rico vs. Brazil, 4 p.m.
June 23: China vs. Cuba, 7:30 p.m.
June 24: Cuba vs. Puerto Rico, 4 p.m.
June 24: China vs. Brazil, 7:30 p.m.

Pool L – Taipei, Chinese Taipei
June 22: Italy vs. Dominican Republic, 4 p.m.
June 22: Poland vs. Algeria or Chinese Taipei, 7:30 p.m.
June 23: Italy vs. Algeria or Chinese Taipei, 5 p.m.
June 23: Poland vs. Dominican Republic, 7 p.m.
June 24: Dominican Republic vs. Algeria or Chinese Taipei, 5 p.m.
June 24: Italy vs. Poland, 7 p.m.

FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round
Ningbo, China – June 27 to July 1
Top five teams from preliminary round plus China