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U.S. Women to Face Brazil Again in 2013

By Bill Kauffman | Sept. 24, 2013, 7:17 p.m. (ET)

The U.S. Women won the Visit Omaha NORCECA Women's Continental Championship to qualify for the season-ending FIVB World Grand Champions Cup

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 24, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will have an immediate challenge to start the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup being held Nov. 12-17 in Japan.

Team USA, ranked No. 2 in the world, will face top-ranked Brazil on the opening day in Nagoya, followed by a Nov. 13 match against host Japan. Following a travel day to Tokyo, the Americans will play Russia on Nov. 15, Thailand on Nov. 16 and a wild-card selection to be determined to close out the tournament on Nov. 17.

The FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup features a total of six teams per gender with host Japan being joined by the winners of the continental championships carried out in Asia, Europe, NORCECA and South America with an additional country selected by the FIVB, host broadcasters NTV and the host federation, Japan Volleyball Association. Africa does not have an automatic spot in the tournament after finishing the 2012 Olympic Games as the lowest ranked confederation among the five.

The U.S. Women qualified for the World Grand Champions Cup by winning the Visit Omaha NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship last week. Team USA defeated Mexico and Cuba in pool play, Canada in the semifinal round and No. 8 Dominican Republic in the championship match. For tournament details, click here.

Brazil’s women broke the U.S. string of three consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix championships earlier this year. Following the World Grand Prix, Brazil took over the top spot in the world ranking from the Americans.

The U.S. also holds wins this season over two of its three other known opponents. The Americans are 5-0 versus Japan this season, which includes three wins in the inaugural USA Volleyball Cup held July 10-13 in Southern California, and a win in both the preliminary round and Final Round of the FIVB World Grand Prix. Team USA defeated Russia in the World Grand Prix preliminary round opener. The U.S. has not faced Thailand in 2013.

The U.S. Men are currently in Langley, British Columbia, competing in its NORCECA Continental Championship attempting to qualify for the World Grand Champions Cup for men that takes place Nov. 19-24 in Kyoto and Japan. To follow the U.S. Men at the NORCECA Championship, click here.

The match pairings were decided during a drawing of lots supervised by FIVB Sports Events Council Member Yoshiharu Nishiwaki. Sachiko Sugiyama (former Japan women’s national team player) carried out the draw for the women’s competition while Takahiro Yamamoto (former player for the Japan men’s national team) did the same for the men’s.

FIVB World Grand Champions Cup Women’s Pairings

Nov. 12 at Nagoya, Japan
Japan vs. Russia
USA vs. Brazil
Thailand vs. Wildcard

Nov. 13 at Nagoya, Japan
Russia vs. Wildcard
Brazil vs. Thailand
Japan vs. USA

Nov. 15 at Tokyo, Japan
USA vs. Russia
Thailand vs. Japan
Wildcard vs. Brazil

Nov. 16 at Tokyo, Japan
Russia vs. Brazil
Japan vs. Wildcard
USA vs. Thailand

Nov. 17 at Tokyo, Japan
Thailand vs. Russia
Wildcard vs. USA
Brazil vs. Japan

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