USA looking to retain the women’s title


LAUSANNE, Switzerland, September 19, 2018 – The USA will be the team to catch when the world’s leading volleyball teams compete for gold at the Japan 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship.


The tournament will run from September 29-October 20 across six cities in Japan. Whoever tops the podium in Yokohama will succeed the USA team that won gold at Italia 2014 and become the 18th women’s world champions since the tournament’s first edition in Moscow in 1952. 


If the USA retain their world title they will become the latest team to win back to back World Championships. Russia won gold in 2006 and 2010, Cuba topped the podium in 1994 and 1998, China doubled up in 1982 and 1986, and Japan claimed consecutive gold medals in 1962 and 1967 after the Soviet Union won the first three titles from 1952 to 1960.


In 2014 at a packed Mediolanum Arena in Milan Christa Harmotto Dietzen became the first USA captain to lift the World Championship trophy. 


Karch Kiraly’s team has just defeated China 3-1 (27-25, 25-20, 16-25, 26-24) to ensure that the USA improved on their previous best which was silver at Japan 1967 and Germany 2002.


USA, China, Brazil and Italy reached the semifinals. Kiraly’s team beat London 2012 Olympic champions Brazil 3-0 (25-18, 29-27, 25-20), while China ended the hosts hopes of a home victory with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-20, 20-25, 30-28) win over Italy. 


Brazil defeated Italy 3-2 (25-15, 25-13, 22-25, 22-25, 15-7) in the bronze medal match to guarantee their place on the podium for a third consecutive World Championship, before the Arena’s attention turned to the final.