Netherlands 2018: China in control17.07.2018
First six quarter finalists confirmed at Sitting Volleyball Worlds
The three first quarter finalists for both the men’s and women’s tournaments were confirmed at the 2018 Sitting Volleyball World Championships as competition continued on Monday (16 July) in the Netherlands.
Defending champions China, hosts Netherlands and Canada were the first teams to book a spot in the next round after winning their opening two games of pool play.
China defeated Iran 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-18), adding to their win over Italy, to advance to the last eight. They will next play Slovenia, who lost to both Iran and Italy in their two matches.
Netherlands and Canada achieved respective victories over Rwanda 3-0 (25-10, 25-11, 25-18) and Croatia 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-13) to top Pool A with two triumphs each. They will now face-off to decide who advances in first place.
Rio 2016 champions USA (Pool B) and Paralympic bronze medallists Brazil (Pool D) lead their groups after sealing two wins and are virtually qualified.
China, Iran and Russia are the first three teams to advance into the next round.
The former beat Netherlands 3-0 (25-16, 25-10, 25-20) to secure the first spot in Pool A. USA defeated Rwanda 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17) and will next play against the hosts to decide who follows on in the Chinese team’s footsteps.
Pool B is more straightforward. With their respective wins against Japan 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-6) and Germany 3-0 (25-20, 25-9, 25-13), Russia and Iran have recorded two victories apiece to qualify for the quarter finals.
Brazil (Pool C) and defending champions Bosnia and Herzegovina (Pool D) also won two games each and are virtually qualified for the next round.
*Editor's note: The International Paralympic Committee suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee on 7 August 2016 for its inability to fulfil its IPC membership responsibilities and obligations, in particular its obligation to comply with the IPC Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Code (to which it is also a signatory). As a result of the suspension, Russian athletes cannot enter IPC sanctioned events or competitions, including the Paralympic Games.