First round concludes with thrilling matches across Italy
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 28, 2014 – The FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014 confirmed the last four spots into the 16-team second round on Sunday with 12 matches in Rome (Pool A), Trieste (Pool B), Verona (Pool C) and Bari (Pool D).
Brazil hold off Italy to win women’s gold at FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam
São Paulo, Brazil, September 28, 2014 — It may have taken 55 minutes, to decide it, but for the packed stadium in Brazil, it was a treat to experience as host-country favorites Larissa Franca/Talita Antunes came from behind and held off the valiant effort by Italy’s Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth Sunday to capture the gold medal during the closing day of the double-gender US$800,000 FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam.
Netherlands stop Brazil for men’s gold medal at FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam
São Paulo, Brazil, September 28, 2014 — When 72 matches were all said and done, the last team standing Sunday was Netherlands’ Reinder Nummerdor/Christiaan Varenhorst as they upset home-country icons in Brazil’s Ricardo Santos/Emanuel Rego to claim the men’s gold medal at the double-gender US$800,000 FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam.