2017 FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship

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2017 Women's U23 World Championship
Tournament details
Host nation  Slovenia
City Ljubljana
Dates 10–17 September
Teams 12 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s) 2 (in 1 host city)
Champions  Turkey (1st title)
Runners-up  Slovenia
Third place  Bulgaria
Fourth place  Dominican Republic
Tournament awards
MVP  Hande Baladın (TUR)
Best Setter  Eva Mori (SLO)
Best OH  Hande Baladın (TUR)
 Madeline Guillén (DOM)
Best MB  Beyza Arici (TUR)
 Saša Planinšec (SLO)
Best OPP  Iza Mlakar (SLO)
Best Libero  Zhana Todorova (BUL)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 34
Official website
Slovenia 2017

The 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship was the third edition of the international volleyball tournament and the world championship for women's national teams under the age of 23, organized by the sport's world governing body, FIVB. The tournament was hosted by Slovenia in the city of Ljubljana from 10 September to 17 September 2017.[1] 12 teams from the 5 confederations competed in the tournament.

Turkey defeated the home team in straight sets in the final to claim their first title in the competition.[2] Bulgaria won the bronze medal outclassing Dominican Republic 4–2.[3] Hande Baladın from Turkey was elected the MVP.[4]

Qualification[edit]

The FIVB Sports Events Council revealed a proposal to streamline the number of teams participating in the Age Group World Championships.[5]

Means of Qualification Date Venue Vacancies Qualifier
Host Nation 2 February 2016 Switzerland Lausanne 1  Slovenia
2016 European Qualifiers 27–31 July 2016 Serbia Vrnjačka Banja 2  Turkey
 Bulgaria
2016 South American Championship 27–31 July 2016 Peru Lima 1  Brazil
2016 Pan-American Cup For CSV 19–25 September 2016 1  Argentina
For NORCECA 2  Dominican Republic
 Cuba
2016 African Championship 23–27 October 2016 Kenya Kasarani 2  Egypt
 Kenya
2017 Asian Championship 13–21 May 2017 Thailand Nakhon Ratchasima 2  Japan
 Thailand
World Ranking[6] As per 1 January 2017 Switzerland Lausanne 1  China
Total 12

Pools composition[edit]

Teams were seeded following the Serpentine system according to their FIVB World Rankings as of January 2017. FIVB reserved the right to seed the hosts as head of pool A regardless of the U23 World Ranking. Rankings are shown in brackets except the hosts who ranked 10th.

Pool A Pool B
 Slovenia (Hosts)  Brazil (1)
 Dominican Republic (3)  Turkey (2)
 China (4)  Japan (5)
 Thailand (8)  Bulgaria (7)
 Egypt (10)  Cuba (12)
 Argentina (16)  Kenya (13)

Squads[edit]

Venues[edit]

Pool A and Final round Pool B
Slovenia Ljubljana, Slovenia
Arena Stožice Tivoli Hall
Capacity: 12,480 Capacity: 4,000
Stožice Arena 2013.jpg HalaTivoli-Ljubljana.JPG

Testing of new rules[edit]

The 2017 FIVB Women's U23 World Championship will be a testing ground for a new scoring scheme currently under review by the FIVB, which, if successful, could mark a historical turning point for volleyball – much as the introduction of the Rally Scoring System did in the late 1990s.[7]

Matches in Ljubljana will be played to best-of-seven sets with each set to 15 points (with at least a two-point difference needed). Three ranking points will be awarded to teams winning 4–0, 4–1 or 4–2. Two points go the winner of a 4–3 match with one point for the loser. It is hoped that the new scoring system will reduce overall duration of matches, while making each set more attractive and exciting – much as tie-breaks are under the current regulations. The interval between sets is reduced to two minutes (from three). Teams will switch ends after the second set - and also, if needed, after sets 4, 5 and 6. In addition, there will be no technical timeouts – just two regular thirty-second timeouts per team per set.

The basic principles for the new scheme were tested for the first time in the Dutch League in the 2016–17 season. Further testing of the scheme were conducted at the Women's U23 World Championship in Cairo. During and after the competition, players, coaches, referees and officials will be evaluating the new system through a questionnaire, while duration and scoring statistics will be gathered and analysed.

This is the second time that a U23 World Championship serves as a testbed for new regulations. Matches of the inaugural Men's U23 World Championship in 2013 in Uberlândia were played to 21-point sets. In addition to the scoring system, a new serving regulation will be tried out in Cairo, with the server not allowed to land inside the court after a jump service.

The testing of the new rules has been received with criticism from the volleyball community.[8]

Pool standing procedure[edit]

  1. Number of matches won
  2. Match points
  3. Sets ratio
  4. Points ratio
  5. Result of the last match between the tied teams

Match won 4–0 , 4–1 or 4–2: 3 match points for the winner, 0 match points for the loser
Match won 4–3: 2 match points for the winner, 1 match point for the loser

Preliminary round[edit]

Qualified for the Semifinals
Qualified for the 5th–8th semifinals

Pool A[edit]

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Slovenia 5 0 15 20 2 10.000 331 230 1.439
2  Dominican Republic 3 2 9 16 13 1.231 429 390 1.100
3  China 3 2 9 12 12 1.000 302 304 0.993
4  Thailand 2 3 5 10 17 0.588 332 364 0.912
5  Egypt 1 4 4 12 18 0.667 354 415 0.853
6  Argentina 1 4 3 11 19 0.579 390 435 0.897
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Set 6 Set 7 Total Report
10 Sep 14:00 Dominican Republic  4–2  Egypt 12–15 15–6 15–8 15–12 15–17 19–17   91–75 Report
10 Sep 17:00 Slovenia  4–0  Argentina 15–11 15–10 15–10 15–8       60–39 Report
10 Sep 20:00 China  4–0  Thailand 15–11 15–6 15–11 15–12       60–40 Report
11 Sep 14:00 Thailand  4–2  Argentina 11–15 15–5 15–10 15–12 13–15 15–10   84–67 Report
11 Sep 17:00 China  4–2  Egypt 10–15 15–11 12–15 15–10 15–7 15–7   82–65 Report
11 Sep 20:00 Slovenia  4–1  Dominican Republic 15–11 15–9 11–15 19–17 15–11     75–63 Report
12 Sep 14:00 Dominican Republic  4–3  Argentina 21–23 12–15 15–12 17–15 16–14 20–22 15–5 116–106 Report
12 Sep 17:00 Slovenia  4–0  China 15–11 15–12 15–5 15–8       60–36 Report
12 Sep 20:00 Thailand  2–4  Egypt 9–15 15–7 11–15 15–9 14–16 4–15   68–77 Report
14 Sep 14:00 Egypt  3–4  Argentina 10–15 6–15 14–16 16–14 15–13 15–11 11–15 87–99 Report
14 Sep 17:00 Slovenia  4–0  Thailand 15–8 16–14 15–10 15–10       61–42 Report
14 Sep 20:00 Dominican Republic  4–0  China 15–10 15–13 15–3 15–10       60–36 Report
15 Sep 14:00 China  4–2  Argentina 11–15 13–15 15–8 15–11 18–16 16–14   88–79 Report
15 Sep 17:00 Dominican Republic  3–4  Thailand 15–9 15–12 12–15 15–11 12–15 11–15 19–21 99–98 Report
15 Sep 20:00 Slovenia  4–1  Egypt 15–5 15–17 15–10 15–10 15–8     75–50 Report

Pool B[edit]

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Turkey 4 1 12 16 6 2.667 310 254 1.220
2  Bulgaria 4 1 11 17 9 1.889 358 292 1.226
3  Brazil 3 2 9 13 9 1.444 302 271 1.114
4  Cuba 2 3 7 11 13 0.846 307 320 0.959
5  Japan 2 3 6 12 12 1.000 313 306 1.023
6  Kenya 0 5 0 0 20 0.000 153 300 0.510
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Set 6 Set 7 Total Report
10 Sep 14:00 Brazil  4–0  Kenya 15–2 15–5 15–11 15–10       60–28 Report
10 Sep 17:00 Turkey  4–0  Cuba 15–12 16–14 17–15 15–8       63–49 Report
10 Sep 20:00 Japan  2–4  Bulgaria 13–15 15–13 15–11 13–15 12–15 11–15   79–84 Report
11 Sep 14:00 Bulgaria  4–0  Kenya 15–1 15–5 15–6 15–11       60–23 Report
11 Sep 17:00 Japan  4–0  Cuba 15–12 15–12 15–7 15–13       60–44 Report
11 Sep 20:00 Brazil  4–0  Turkey 17–15 15–12 15–6 15–12       62–45 Report
12 Sep 14:00 Turkey  4–0  Kenya 15–6 15–5 15–12 15–11       60–34 Report
12 Sep 17:00 Brazil  4–1  Japan 14–16 15–13 15–11 17–15 15–10     76–65 Report
12 Sep 20:00 Bulgaria  4–3  Cuba 10–15 12–15 11–15 15–10 15–10 15–11 15–6 93–82 Report
14 Sep 14:00 Cuba  4–0  Kenya 15–9 15–10 15–7 15–12       60–38 Report
14 Sep 17:00 Brazil  0–4  Bulgaria 10–15 5–15 14–16 9–15       38–61 Report
14 Sep 20:00 Turkey  4–1  Japan 15–12 15–5 15–9 12–15 15–8     72–49 Report
15 Sep 14:00 Japan  4–0  Kenya 15–7 15–8 15–6 15–9       60–30 Report
15 Sep 17:00 Turkey  4–1  Bulgaria 15–9 15–12 15–11 10–15 15–13     70–60 Report
15 Sep 20:00 Brazil  1–4  Cuba 12–15 15–9 10–15 15–17 14–16     66–72 Report

Final round[edit]

5th–8th places[edit]

 
5th–8th semifinals5th place match
 
      
 
16 September
 
 
 China1
 
17 September
 
 Cuba4
 
 Cuba0
 
16 September
 
 Brazil4
 
 Brazil4
 
 
 Thailand0
 
7th place match
 
 
17 September
 
 
 China4
 
 
 Thailand2

5th–8th semifinals[edit]

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Set 6 Set 7 Total Report
16 Sep 15:30 China  1–4  Cuba 14–16 15–6 10–15 10–15 16–18     65–70 Report
16 Sep 18:30 Brazil  4–0  Thailand 18–16 16–14 15–10 15–7       64–47 Report

7th place match[edit]

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Set 6 Set 7 Total Report
17 Sep 14:00 China  4–2  Thailand 14–16 12–15 15–4 16–14 15–3 19–17   91–69 Report

5th place match[edit]

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Set 6 Set 7 Total Report
17 Sep 16:00 Cuba  0–4  Brazil 12–15 6–15 8–15 13–15       39–60 Report

Final four[edit]

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
16 September
 
 
 Turkey4
 
17 September
 
 Dominican Republic3
 
 Turkey4
 
16 September
 
 Slovenia0
 
 Slovenia4
 
 
 Bulgaria1
 
3rd place match
 
 
17 September
 
 
 Dominican Republic2
 
 
 Bulgaria4

Semifinals[edit]

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Set 6 Set 7 Total Report
16 Sep 15:30 Slovenia  4–1  Bulgaria 11–15 15–10 15–12 18–16 15–4     74–57 Report
16 Sep 18:30 Turkey  4–3  Dominican Republic 11–15 16–14 11–15 13–15 15–7 16–14 15–8 97–88 Report

3rd place match[edit]

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Set 6 Set 7 Total Report
17 Sep 16:30 Dominican Republic  2–4  Bulgaria 15–12 8–15 11–15 18–16 11–15 9–15   72–88 Report

Final[edit]

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Set 6 Set 7 Total Report
17 Sep 19:00 Turkey  4–0  Slovenia 15–12 15–11 15–13 15–8       60–44 Report

Final standing[edit]

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FOUR AGE GROUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS HOSTS CONFIRMED". FIVB. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Merciless Turkey scatter Slovenia for Women's U23 world gold". FIVB. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "Bulgaria triumph over Dominicans for Women's U23 bronze". FIVB. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  4. ^ "Turkey's Hande Baladın honoured with U23 World Championship MVP award". FIVB. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "NINE PARTICIPANTS KNOWN FOR 2017 WOMEN'S U23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP". FIVB. 19 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "FIVB World Ranking - Women U23 (as per January 2017)". FIVB. January 2017. 
  7. ^ "U23 Worlds testbed for new scoring rules". FIVB. 17 August 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "Teste com as novas regras desagrada técnicos das seleções sub-23" (in Portuguese). Saída de Rede. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 

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