2013 FIVB World Grand Prix

Full Recap of the 2013 FIVB Women’s World Volleyball Grand Prix with the latest results, news, live links, pictures, videos and many more.

Final Ranking

Gold Brazil
Silver China
Bronze Serbia

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4th Japan
5th Italy
6th United States

7th Russia
8th Turkey
9th Bulgaria
10th Dominican Republic
11th Germany
12th Netherlands
13th Thailand
14th Czech Republic
15th Poland
16th Argentina
17th Kazakhstan
18th Puerto Rico
19th Cuba
20th Algeria

Best Players aka Dream Team

Most Valuable Player: Thaisa Menezes (Brazil)

1st Best Outside Spiker: Zhu Ting (China)
2nd Best Outside Spiker: Brankica Mihajlovic (Serbia)
1st Best Midder Blocker: Thaisa Menezes (Brazil)
2nd Best Midder Blocker: Milena Rasic (Serbia)
Best Libero : Fabiana Oliveira (Brazil)
Best Setter: Alisha Glass (USA)
Best Opposite Spiker: Jovana Brakocevic (Serbia)

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Final Round Results

August 28th

Japan 3-0 Italy (25-18, 25-19, 25-22)
China 3-1 Serbia ( (25-21, 22-25, 25-17, 25-20)
Brazil 3-0 USA (25-19, 25-12, 25-10)

August 29th

Serbia 3-1 USA (25-23, 20-25, 25-18, 25-23)
China 3-2 Italia (28-30, 25-22, 26-28, 25-13, 15-10)
Brazil 3-0 Japan (25-21, 25-22, 25-17)

August 30th
China 3-0 USA (25-20, 25-23, 25-17)
Brazil 3-0 Italia (25-16, 26-24, 25-11)
Serbia 3-0 Japan (25-22, 25-17, 25-19)

August 31st

China 3-2 Japan (25-16, 18-25, 26-24, 21-25, 15-13)
Italia 3-2 USA (19-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 16-14)
Brazil 3-0 Serbia (27-25, 25-21, 25-22)

September 1st

USA 3-2 Japan (17-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-17, 15-12)
Serbia 3-2 Italia (22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-16, 15-11)
Brazil 3-0 China (25-15, 25-14, 25-20)


Seasoned spectators can expect some stiff competition at the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix. Following a decision by the World Grand Prix Council in December 2012, the premier annual FIVB women’s volleyball event will expand to 20 teams, four more than in last year’s edition. In 2013, the FIVB World Grand Prix will return to Japan for the first time in four years, which should please Olympic champions Brazil, who have won the tournament the last three times (2005, 2008, 2009) it has been played there.

However, Brazil will have to face the task of getting past the US, who clinched the 2012 title to remain undefeated for three years in a row. Although Brazil finished as runners-up each time during the Americans’ dominant run, they are the only team along with the US to have also won the title three times from 2004 to 2006.

The World Grand Prix Finals will return to Japan for the first time since 2009 and take place in Sapporo from August 28 to September 1. Japan has hosted the World Grand Prix Finals four times in the past with Sapporo being a fifth host city after Tokyo in 2009, Yokohama in 2008, Sendai in 2005 and Kobe in 1997.

Following the Preliminary Round, the organisers and the next best five teams will qualify for the Finals. The World Grand Prix featured eight teams in its debut season of 1993 and from 1995 to 2002, while 12 teams were in action in 1994 and from 2003 to 2010. Sixteen teams have been involved in the 2011 and 2012 editions.

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USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic
Cuba, China, Netherlands
Japan, Poland, Serbia
Argentina, Czech Republic, Thailand
Kazakhstan, Puerto Rico, Bulgaria, Algeria.

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Japan will host the Final Round together with the 5 best ranked teams after the Preliminary Round.

Week III Results

August 18th

Japan 3-2 Czech Republic
USA 3-2 Bulgaria
Poland 3-2 Argentina
Puerto Rico 3-2 Germany
Italia 3-2 Turkey
Russia 3-2 Thailand
China 3-2 Serbia
Brazil 3-0 Kazakhstan
The Netherlands 3-0 Cuba
Dominican Republic 3-0 Algeria

August 17th

USA 3-1 Japan
Brazil 3-0 The Netherlands
Bulgaria 3-2 Czech Republic
Russia 3- Puerto Rico
Turkey 3-0 Algeria
Kazakhstan 3-1 Cuba
Serbia 3-0 Argentina
Germany 3-0 Thailand
Dominican Rep 3-2 Italia
China 3-1 Poland

August 16th

USA 3-0 Czech Republic
Italia 3-0 Algeria
Turkey 3-2 Dominican Republic
Russia 3-2 Germany
Bulgaria 3-0 Japan
Brazil 3-0 Cuba
Serbia 3-1 Poland
Netherlands 3-0 Kazakhstan
Thailand 3-1 Puerto Rico
China 3-0 Argentina

Week III Videos

Thailand vs Russia Set 5

The Netherlands vs Cuba

Brazil vs Kazakhstan

China vs Poland

Algeria vs Turkey

Italy vs Turkey

USA vs Bulgaria

Puerto Rico vs Germany

Brazil vs The Netherlands

Dominican Rep vs Italia

China vs Argentina

Cuba vs Brazil

Russia vs Germany

Thailand vs Puerto Rico

Week II Results

August 10th

Brazil 3-0 Puerto Rico
China 3-2 Turkey
The Netherlands 3-0 Algeria
Russia 3-1 Cuba
Italy 3-0 Thailand
Germany 3-1 Kazakhstan
Czech Rep 3-1 Argentina
Bulgaria 2-3 Dominican Republic
Poland 0-3 Japan
USA 3-2 Serbia

August 10th

Turkey 3-0 Czech Republic
China 3-0 Argentina
Russia 3-0 Thailand
Italy 3-0 Cuba
Japan 3-1 Kazakhstan
Serbia 3-0 Algeria
Germany 3-0 Poland
USA 3-0 The Netherlands
Bulgaria 3-1 Brazil
Dominican Rep 3-0 Puerto Rico

Week II Videos

China vs Turkey

Germany vs Japan

Russia vs Cuba

Italy vs Thailand

USA vs The Netherlands

Puerto Rico vs Bulgaria

Turkey vs Czech Republic

Serbia vs The Netherlands

Russia vs Italy

Italy vs Thailand

Thailand vs Cuba

Russia vs Thailand

Bulgaria vs Dominican Republic

Brazil vs Puerto Rico

Brazil vs Bulgaria

Week I Results

August 9th

Poland 3-0 Kazakhstan
USA 3-0 Algeria
Brazil 3-1 Dominican Republic
Puerto Rico 0-3 Bulgaria
Turkey 3-1 Argentina
China 3-0 Czech Republic
Russia 3-1 Italia
Thailand 3-1 Cuba
Japan 3-2 Germany
Serbia 3-0 The Netherlands

Week I Results

August 4th

Serbia 3-1 Puerto Rico
Italy 3-1 Germany
Dominican Republic 3-1 Czech Republic
Bulgaria 3-0 Cuba
China 3-1 The Netherlands
Thailand 3-0 Algeria
Brazil 3-1 USA
Japan 3-1 Turkey
Russia 3-2 Poland
Argentina 3-2 Kazakhstan

August 3rd

Bulgaria 3-1 The Netherlands
China 3-0 Cuba
Japan 3-0 Algeria
Brazil 3-2 Russia
Turkey 3-0 Thailand
USA 3-0 Poland
Germany 2-3 Argentina
Italy 3-0 Kazakhstan
Serbia 3-0 Czech Republic
Dominican 3-0 Puerto Rico

August 2nd

Cuba 0-3 The Netherlands
China 3-0 Bulgaria
Turkey 3-0 Algeria
Japan 3-0 Thailand
Germany 3-1 Kazakhstan
Puerto Rico 0-3 Czech Republic
USA 3-1 Russia
Brazil 3-1 Poland
Serbia 3-0 Dominican Republic

Week I Videos

Brazil vs Poland

Brazil vs Russia

Brazil vs USA

Cuba vs The Netherlands

Turkey vs Japan

Thailand vs Algeria

Turkey vs Thailand

Thailand vs Japan

Serbia vs Czech Republic

Italy vs Germany

Serbia vs Puerto Rico

Russia vs Poland

Italy vs Argentina


Team Rosters:

Rosters are subject to change on a weekly basis and/or per match basis.




Setters: Dani Lins, Fabíola
Opposite Hitters: Sheilla Castro, Monique Pavão
Middle Blockers: Adenízia, Juciely, Fabiana, Thaisa Menezes
Outside Hitters: Fernanda Garay, Priscila Daroit, Tandara Caixeta, Michelle Pavão
Liberos: Camilla Brait, Fabi



Setters: Shen Jingsi, Yao Di
Opposite Hitters: Zhang Lei, Liu Dan
Outside Hitters: Wang Yimei, Zhu Ting, Liu Xiaotong
Middle Blockers: Ma Yunwen, Qiao Ting, Liu Congcong
Liberos: Zhang Xian, Chen Zhan


Czech Republic

Pavla Vincourová, Šárka Kubínová, Kristýna Pastulová
Michaela Monzoni, 5. Ivana Plchotová, Eva Hodanová
Andrea Kossányiová, Michaela Mlejnková, Aneta Havlíčková
Tereza Vanžurová, Julie Jášová, Veronika Dostálová

Dominican Republic

Setters: Niverka Marte, Karla Echenique
Middle Blockers: Annerys Vargas, Marianne Fersola, Candida Arias
Outside Hitters: Bethania De La Cruz, Prisilla Rivera, Yonkaira Pena, Jeoselina Rodriguez
Opposite Hitters: Gina Mambru, Sidarka Nunez
Liberos: Brenda Castillo, Ana Binet, Winifer Fernandez


Setters: Denise Hanke, Kathleen Weiß
Opposite Hitters: Margareta Kozuch, Saskia Hippe
Outside Hitters: Heike Beier, Maren Brinker, Jennifer Geerties, Lisa Izquierdo
Middle Blockers: Christiane Fürst, Corina Ssuschke-Voigt, Anja Brandt, Berit Kauffeldt
Liberos: Lenka Dürr, Lisa Thomsen


Setters: Letizia Camera, Noemi Signorile
Opposite Hitters: Valentina Diouf, Indre Sorokaite
Outside Hitters: Caterina Bosetti, Lucia Bosetti, Carolina Costagrande, Valentina Fiorin, Cristina Barcellini, Alessia Gennari
Middle Blockers: Martina Guiggi, Valentina Arrighetti, Raffaella Folie, Cristina Chirichella
Liberos: Enrica Merlo, Monica De Gennaro



The Netherlands

Setters: Stoltenborg, Dijkema
Libero: Schoot, Knip
Opposite Hitters: Flier, (Sloetjes), Pietersen
Ooutside Hitters: Buijs, Grothues, Plak, Renkema (Sloetjes)
Middle Blockers: Steenbergen, De Kruijf, Beliën


Setters: Milena Radecka, Joanna Wołosz
Opposite Hitters: Joanna Kaczor, Katarzyna Skowrońska-Dolata
Middle Blockers: Maja Tokarska, Zuzanna Efimienko, Agnieszka Kąkolewska, Monika Martałek
Outside Hitters: Karolina Różycka Kosek, Patrycja Polak, Ewelina Sieczka, Katarzyna Konieczna
Liberos: Krystyna Strasz, Paulina Maj

Puerto Rico


Setters: Pankova – Matienko
Middle Blockers: Borodakova – Zaryazhko – Shlyakhovaya
Spikers: Kosheleva – Pasynkova – Chaplina – Malykh
Oppossittes: Obmochaeva – Isaeva
Líbero: Malova


Setters: Maja Ognjenović, Bojana Živković
Opposites: Jovana Brakočević, Ana Bjelica
Outside Hitters: Jelena Nikolić, Brižitka Molnar, Tijana Malešević, Brankica Mihajlović
Middle Blockers: Nataša Krsmanović, Milena Rašić, Nađa Ninković
Libero: Suzana Ćebić


Setters: Nootsara Tomkom, Pornpun Guedpard
Opposite Hitters: Ajcharaporn Kongyot
Middle Blockers: Amporn Hyapha, Pleumjit Thinkaow, Thatdao Nuekjang, Kaewkalaya Kamulthala
Outside Hitters: Wilavan Apinyapong, Malika Kanthong, Onuma Sittirak, Tapaphaipun Chaisri
Liberos: Piyanut Pannoy


Setters: Naz Aydemir, Özge Çemberci
Opposite Hitters: Neslihan Demir, Polen Uslupehlivan
Outside Hitters: Neriman Özsoy, Gözde Sonsırma, Güldeniz Önal, Seda Tokatlıoğlu
Middle Blockers: Büşra Cansu, Bahar Toksoy, Ergül Avcı
Libero: Gizem Karadayı


Setters: Alisha Glass, Jenna Hagglund
Opposite Hitters: Nicole Fawcett, Kelly Murphy
Outside Hitters: Kristin Richards, Kim Hill, Regan Hood, Cassidy Lichtman
Middle Blockers: Lauren Gibbemeyer, Christa Harmotto, Rachel Adams, Lauren Paolini
Líberos: Kayla Banwarth, Tama Miyashiro

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  1. Cleide says:

    Where is the Russian Team photo?????

  2. fabio says:

    I dont understand why mostly of the starters from Russia, Italy and USA wont be playing.

    No wondering how Brazil got 2 Gold OG, and 2 silver at WCH.
    Hard work pays off.

  3. Toklang says:

    Still wondering why no Natalia for BRA, no Hui Roqui for CHN. And no roster yet for USA, TURKEY, and JAPAN?

    Good luck to all teams!

  4. axel says:

    i read somewhere that Natalia has a problem with doping and the case will be heard this August so, she will not be playing for grand prix. Lang Ping divided the China Team into 2. maybe Hui Roqui will play for the second week or third week, i guess.

  5. Sung F. Luna says:

    Organised by the International Volleyball Association (FIVB) in 1993, the FIVB World Grand Prix is often held in the middle of the year. With a total prize award of US$1million on offer, this competition features four teams of players selected from top volleyball teams from around the world, with each stage comprising different teams. The preliminary round matches are battled out in various cities around the world. Volleyball teams scoring the highest number of points will assemble in one city to compete in the final round.

  6. mutlu says:

    I think Turkey is weaker compared to the team in GP 2012. Yellow angel Eda Erdem misses this year due to injury, so does captain Esra who’ll soon resign from NT. Yet most important loss is the resignation of libero Gülden Kuzubaşıoğlu of Eczacibasi from NT. Her replacement is very difficult, even for Vakifbank’s Gizem Guresen.

  7. Jeffrey says:

    I don’t get how Courtney Thompson made the 2012 USA Olympic roster when she doesn’t make any big roster or gets to play in the official line up.

  8. André says:

    Wow, the US team has only 2 of the silver medallists from London 2012 in their GP roster. That’s completely opposite to what’s happening in the Brazilian roster, where you have 8 of the gold medallists listed. I’m really not sure what’s the best way to go, although Coach Zé has got 3 Olympic gold medals under his belt, so I guess he probably knows what he’s doing there.

  9. Gian says:

    Italy – Germany –> look at 1:30:38 what a spike by Caterina Bosetti!!!! O_O

  10. Andy says:

    What did Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai do to his team???? First, he ruined Igtisadchi Baku halfway through the season, and now, his own national team is going downhill. I had expected a lot more from Thailand coming into this tournament, but they have underperformed greatly in my opinion; they may not even finish in the top 10!

    I thought that perhaps they would have a chance at 2016, but looking at the team now, I don’t think that’s possible. Of course, a lot can still happen between now and then.

  11. fabio says:

    Russia x Poland
    Brasil x Russia
    Bulgaria x Brasil
    D. Republic x Bulgaria
    Japan x Germany

    were the best matches so far.
    I love this GP 2013

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