Volleyball at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

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This article is about the indoor tournament. For the beach tournament, see Beach volleyball at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament.
Women's volleyball
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Date 9–23 August
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«2004 2012»
Volleyball at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Indoor
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Tournament   men   women
Rosters   men   women
Beach
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Tournament men women
Rosters   men   women
Competing teams

The women's tournament in volleyball at the 2008 Summer Olympics was held at Capital Indoor Stadium and Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium from 9 to 23 August 2008.

The twelve competing teams were split equally into two pools of six teams. Each team played all other teams in their pool with the winning team gaining 2 points and the losing side 1 point. The top four teams from each pool progressed through to the quarterfinals. The rest of the tournament was a single-elimination bracket, with a bronze medal match held between the two semifinal losers.

A total of 38 matches were played: 15 in each group, 4 quarterfinals, 2 semifinals, 1 bronze medal match, and 1 gold medal match.

Qualification[edit]

Means of qualification Date Host Vacancies Qualified
Host nation 1  China
2007 FIVB Women's World Cup 2–16 November 2007 Japan Japan 3  Italy
 Brazil
 United States
African Olympic Qualification Tournament 22–26 January 2008 Algeria Blida 1  Algeria
Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament* 17–25 May 2008 Japan Tokyo 1  Kazakhstan
European Olympic Qualification Tournament 15–20 January 2008 Germany Halle 1  Russia
North American Olympic Qualification Tournament 17–22 December 2007 Mexico Monterrey 1  Cuba
South American Olympic Qualification Tournament 3–7 January 2008 Peru Lima 1  Venezuela
World Olympic Qualification Tournament 17–25 May 2008 Japan Tokyo 3  Poland
 Serbia
 Japan
Total 12

* The Asian Olympic qualification tournament and the World Olympic Qualification Tournament are combined into one event. The top 3 teams at the tournament will qualify as the medallists of the World Olympic Qualification Tournament while the best Asian team outside the top 3 will qualify as the Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament champion.

Pools composition[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8).

Pool A[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Eliminated
 
Matches Points Sets
Rank Team Pts W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Cuba 10 5 0 426 371 1.148 15 3 5.000
2  United States 9 4 1 459 441 1.041 12 9 1.333
3  China 8 3 2 467 395 1.182 13 7 1.857
4  Japan 7 2 3 381 389 0.979 7 11 0.636
5  Poland 6 1 4 441 445 0.991 9 12 0.750
6  Venezuela 5 0 5 262 395 0.663 1 15 0.067
9 August 2008
14:30
v
Poland  1 – 3  Cuba Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 14,000
Referee(s): Kim Kun-Tae (South Korea), Janpen Jirakakul (Thailand)
Report(s): result statistics
25
17
20
17
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
Set 4
21
25
25
25
9 August 2008
20:00
v
Venezuela  0 – 3  China Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 12,000
Referee(s): Dejan Jovanovic (Serbia), Patrick Deregnaucourt (France)
Report(s): result statistics
13
13
18
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
25
25
25
9 August 2008
22:00
v
Japan  1 – 3  United States Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 11,500
Referee(s): Massimo Menghini (Italy), Andrei Zenovich (Russia)
Report(s): result statistics
20
25
19
21
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
Set 4
25
20
25
25

11 August 2008
12:35
v
United States  0 – 3  Cuba Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 12,000
Referee(s): Umit Sokullu (Turkey), Dejan Jovanovic (Serbia)
Report(s): result statistics
15
24
17
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
25
26
25
11 August 2008
20:00
v
China  3 – 1  Poland Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 12,000
Referee(s): Victor Manuel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico), Francisco de Souza (Brazil)
Report(s): result statistics
22
25
25
25
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
Set 4
25
15
20
22
11 August 2008
22:15
v
Japan  3 – 0  Venezuela Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 5,000
Referee(s): Karin Zahorcova (Czech Republic), Frans Loderus (Netherlands)
Report(s): result statistics
25
25
25
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
12
17
12

13 August 2008
12:00
v
Venezuela  1 – 3  United States Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Attendance: 3,400
Referee(s): Andrei Zenovich (Russia), Dejan Jovanovic (Serbia)
Report(s): result statistics
17
25
14
18
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
Set 4
25
20
25
25
13 August 2008
20:00
v
Cuba  3 – 2  China Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 13,000
Referee(s): Frank Leuthauser (Germany), Massimo Menghini (Italy)
Report(s): result statistics
18
14
25
32
15
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
Set 4
Set 5
25
25
23
30
13
13 August 2008
22:30
v
Poland  2 – 3  Japan Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 5,400
Referee(s): Humberto Salas (Mexico), Francisco de Souza (Brazil)
Report(s): result statistics
21
20
25
25
11
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
Set 4
Set 5
25
25
18
23
15

15 August 2008
12:30
v
Venezuela  0 – 3  Poland Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 11,000
Referee(s): Janpen Jirakakul (Thailand), Humberto Salas (Mexico)
Report(s): result statistics
12
12
20
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
25
25
25
15 August 2008
20:00
v
United States  3 – 2  China Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 13,000
Referee(s): Konstantin Tufekchiev (Bulgaria), Umit Sokullu (Turkey)
Report(s): result statistics
23
25
23
25
15
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
Set 4
Set 5
25
22
25
20
11
15 August 2008
22:45
v
Japan  0 – 3  Cuba Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 5,000
Referee(s): Andrei Zenovich (Russia), Massimo Menghini (Italy)
Report(s): result statistics
17
22
22
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
25
25
25

17 August 2008
12:00
v
Cuba  3 – 0  Venezuela Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Attendance: 3,500
Referee(s): Andrei Zenovich (Russia), Konstantin Tufekchiev (Bulgaria)
Report(s): result statistics
25
25
25
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
20
20
19
17 August 2008
12:30
v
Poland  2 – 3  United States Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 11,000
Referee(s): Ibrahim al-Naama (Qatar), Francisco de Souza (Brazil)
Report(s): result statistics
25
21
25
19
13
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
Set 4
Set 5
18
25
19
25
15
17 August 2008
20:00
v
China  3 – 0  Japan Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 13,000
Referee(s): Kim Kun-Tae (South Korea), Janpen Jirakakul (Thailand)
Report(s): result statistics
26
25
25
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
24
16
14

Pool B[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Eliminated
 
Matches Points Sets
Rank Team Pts W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Brazil 10 5 0 377 226 1.668 15 0 MAX
2  Italy 9 4 1 372 315 1.181 12 4 3.000
3  Russia 8 3 2 353 312 1.131 10 6 1.667
4  Serbia 7 2 3 343 349 0.983 6 10 0.600
5  Kazakhstan 6 1 4 323 404 0.800 4 13 0.308
6  Algeria 5 0 5 230 392 0.587 1 15 0.067
9 August 2008
10:00
v
Italy  3 – 1  Russia Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Attendance: 3,100
Referee(s): Frank Leuthauser (Germany), Karin Zahorcova (Czech Republic)
Report(s): result statistics
25
17
25
25
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
Set 4
20
25
16
23
9 August 2008
12:15
v
Serbia  3 – 1  Kazakhstan Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Attendance: 1,800
Referee(s): Mitch Davidson (Canada), Victor Manuel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico)
Report(s): result statistics
25
25
23
25
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
Set 4
21
17
25
21
9 August 2008
12:30
v
Algeria  0 – 3  Brazil Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 12,000
Referee(s): Liu Jiang (China), Ibrahim al-Naama (Qatar)
Report(s): result statistics
11
11
10
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
25
25
25

11 August 2008
10:00
v
Algeria  0 – 3  Serbia Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Attendance: 3,100
Referee(s): Janpen Jirakakul (Thailand), Liu Jiang (China)
Report(s): result statistics
14
13
13
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
25
25
25
11 August 2008
12:00
v
Kazakhstan  0 – 3  Italy Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Attendance: 3,100
Referee(s): Patricia Salvatore (United States), Humberto Salas (Mexico)
Report(s): result statistics
19
15
21
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
25
25
25
11 August 2008
14:30
v
Brazil  3 – 0  Russia Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 12,000
Referee(s): Osamu Sakaide (Japan), Wang Ning (China)
Report(s): result statistics
25
25
25
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
14
14
16

13 August 2008
10:00
v
Italy  3 – 0  Algeria Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Attendance: 3,400
Referee(s): Karin Zahorcova (Czech Republic), Janpen Jirakakul (Thailand)
Report(s): result statistics
25
25
25
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
7
20
12
13 August 2008
12:30
v
Russia  3 – 0  Kazakhstan Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 12,000
Referee(s): Liu Jiang (China), Patricia Salvatore (United States)
Report(s): result statistics
25
25
25
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
19
18
11
13 August 2008
14:30
v
Serbia  0 – 3  Brazil Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 11,000
Referee(s): Kim Kun-Tae (South Korea), Frans Loderus (Netherlands)
Report(s): result statistics
15
13
23
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
25
25
25

15 August 2008
10:00
v
Algeria  0 – 3  Russia Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Attendance: 3,500
Referee(s): Patricia Salvatore (United States), Osamu Sakaide (Japan)
Report(s): result statistics
11
19
10
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
25
25
25
15 August 2008
12:00
v
Brazil  3 – 0  Kazakhstan Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Attendance: 3,500
Referee(s): Dejan Jovanovic (Serbia), Karin Zahorcova (Czech Republic)
Report(s): result statistics
25
25
27
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
13
6
25
15 August 2008
14:30
v
Serbia  0 – 3  Italy Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 11,000
Referee(s): Frans Loderus (Netherlands), Frank Leuthauser (Germany)
Report(s): result statistics
23
20
19
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
25
25
25

17 August 2008
10:00
v
Kazakhstan  3 – 1  Algeria Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Attendance: 3,500
Referee(s): Patricia Salvatore (United States), Massimo Menghini (Italy)
Report(s): result statistics
25
25
17
25
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
Set 4
18
20
25
16
17 August 2008
15:15
v
Italy  0 – 3  Brazil Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 10,500
Referee(s): Humberto Salas (Mexico), Mitch Davidson (Canada)
Report(s): result statistics
16
22
17
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
25
25
25
17 August 2008
22:00
v
Russia  3 – 0  Serbia Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 7,000
Referee(s): Osamu Sakaide (Japan), Karin Zahorcova (Czech Republic)
Report(s): result statistics
25
25
25
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
21
16
20

Knockout stage[edit]

The first four teams in each Preliminary Round pool advanced to the quarterfinals, eight teams in total. The format was as follows:
A1 vs. B4 (first place in pool A vs. fourth place in pool B)
B1 vs. A4
A drawing of lots determined the pairings among A2/A3 and B2/B3. The purpose of this drawing was to prevent a second-place team in a pool from deliberately losing the last game in pool play in order to select an "easier" opponent (in the sense of matchups) in the quarterfinals.

Based on a drawing of lots after the group stage, the United States faced and defeated Italy, while China drew and won against Russia in their quarterfinal matches.[1] The other quarterfinal match-ups were determined by the pool standings. Brazil (pool B winner) played Japan (pool A 4th place). Cuba (pool A winner) played play Serbia (pool B 4th place).[1] Both top seeds went on to defeat their opponents 3–0, thus reaching the semifinals.

In the semifinals, Brazil defeated the host nation and defending champion China, while the United States defeated Cuba. Both semifinal matches were won 3–0.

In the final, Brazil, for the first time in the tournament, lost a set but was able to win the next two sets from the United States to claim the match and the gold medal. In the third-place match, China defeated Cuba for the bronze medal.

Bracket
Quarter-finals Semi-finals Gold medal match
                   
       
  Cuba  3
  Serbia  0  
  Cuba  0
      United States  3  
  United States  3
  Italy  2  
  United States  1
   
    Brazil  3
  China  3
  Russia  0  
  China  0 Bronze medal match
      Brazil  3  
  Japan  0
  Cuba  1
  Brazil  3  
  China  3
 

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+08:00).

Quarterfinals[edit]

19 August 2008
10:00
v
Cuba  3 – 0  Serbia Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 12,500
Referee(s): Ibrahim al-Naama (Qatar), Kim Kun-Tae (South Korea)
Report(s): result statistics
26
25
26
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
24
19
24
19 August 2008
12:00
v
Japan  0 – 3  Brazil Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 12,500
Referee(s): Konstantin Tufekchiev (Bulgaria), Karin Zahorcova (Czech Republic)
Report(s): result statistics
12
20
16
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
25
25
25
19 August 2008
20:00
v
China  3 – 0  Russia Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 13,000
Referee(s): Humberto Salas (Mexico), Victor Manuel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico)
Report(s): result statistics
25
27
25
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
22
25
19
19 August 2008
22:00
v
United States  3 – 2  Italy Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 10,000
Referee(s): Francisco de Souza (Brazil), Osamu Sakaide (Japan)
Report(s): result statistics
20
25
19
25
15
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
Set 4
Set 5
25
21
25
18
6

Semifinals[edit]

21 August 2008
12:35
v
Cuba  0 – 3  United States Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 13,000
Referee(s): Frans Loderus (Netherlands), Dejan Jovanovic (Serbia)
Report(s): result statistics
20
16
17
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
25
25
26
21 August 2008
20:00
v
China  0 – 3  Brazil Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 13,000
Referee(s): Frank Leuthauser (Germany), Andrei Zenovich (Russia)
Report(s): result statistics
25
22
14
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
27
25
25

Bronze medal match[edit]

23 August 2008
12:30
v
Cuba  1 – 3  China 3rd Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 12,500
Referee(s): Andrei Zenovich (Russia), Konstantin Tufekchiev (Bulgaria)
Report(s): result statistics
16
25
13
20
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
Set 4
25
21
25
25

Gold medal match[edit]

23 August 2008
20:00
v
2nd United States  1 – 3  Brazil 1st Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 13.000
Referee(s): Massimo Menghini (Italy), Umit Sokullu (Turkey)
Report(s): result statistics
15
25
13
21
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
Set 4
25
18
25
25

Award ceremony[edit]

  • 21:50, 23 August 2008

Final standings[edit]

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Brazil (BRA)
Walewska Oliveira
Carolina Albuquerque
Marianne Steinbrecher
Paula Pequeno
Thaisa Menezes
Hélia Souza
Valeska Menezes
Fabiana Claudino
Welissa Gonzaga
Jaqueline Carvalho
Sheilla Castro
Fabiana de Oliveira
 United States (USA)
Ogonna Nnamani
Danielle Scott-Arruda
Tayyiba Haneef-Park
Lindsey Berg
Stacy Sykora
Nicole Davis
Heather Bown
Jennifer Joines
Kim Glass
Robyn Ah Mow-Santos
Kim Willoughby
Logan Tom
 China (CHN)
Wang Yimei
Feng Kun
Yang Hao
Liu Yanan
Wei Qiuyue
Xu Yunli
Zhou Suhong
Zhao Ruirui
Xue Ming
Li Juan
Zhang Na
Ma Yunwen

Individual awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1]

External links[edit]