MEXICO, August 19, 2023.- Host Mexico and United States are among the eight national teams that remain alive in the race for the title of the 2023 FIVB Women’s U21 Volleyball World Championship was completed on Saturday, when pool play was concluded in Leon and Aguascalientes.
Mexico and United States join China, Serbia who claimed their spot on Saturday, Italy, Brazil, Japan and Türkiye, who had qualified on Friday, in the second round of the event, which will start on Monday. The eight teams that ranked third and fourth in their pools will now play for positions 9th-16th.
The tournament is streamed live on the Volleyball World YouTube channel.
In the second round, Japan, Mexico, China and Serbia will form Pool E, which will be based in Leon. Pool F, hosted in Aguascalientes, will have Italy, Brazil, Türkiye and the United States. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the semifinals of the tournament.
In Leon, Pool A had one spot in the second round still available and it was taken by hosts Mexico, who prevailed over Egypt 3-1 (25-22, 25-18, 19-25, 25-15).
Pool D also had a direct encounter between the two contenders for a spot in the next round and the United States came from behind against the Netherlands to take a 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-17) victory and claim that berth.
Dominican Republic claim their first victory in the tournament, a 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-20) sweep of Tunisia, and Cuba fell to Türkiye 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-18), both will play for positions 9 to 16.
All teams will have a day off before the start of the second round, which will go on from Monday to Wednesday. The semifinals will be played on Friday and the medal matches on Saturday.