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Volleyball at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

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.[1]

Women's volleyball
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueCapital Indoor Stadium and
Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Date9–23 August
Competitors144 from 12 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  Brazil
2nd, silver medalist(s)  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  China
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Competing teams

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.

Contents

QualificationEdit

Means of qualification Date Host Vacancies Qualified
Host Country 13 July 2001   Moscow 1   China
2007 FIVB Women's World Cup 2–16 November 2007   Japan 3   Italy
  Brazil
  United States
African Olympic Qualification Tournament 22–26 January 2008   Blida 1   Algeria
Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament* 17–25 May 2008   Tokyo 1   Kazakhstan
European Olympic Qualification Tournament 15–20 January 2008   Halle 1   Russia
North American Olympic Qualification Tournament 17–22 December 2007   Monterrey 1   Cuba
South American Olympic Qualification Tournament 3–7 January 2008   Lima 1   Venezuela
World Olympic Qualification Tournament 17–25 May 2008   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 compositionEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

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

Pool AEdit

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Eliminated
 
Pts Matches Points Sets
Rank Team 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
Poland   1–3   Cuba Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 14,000
Referees: Kim Kun-Tae (South Korea), Janpen Jirakakul (Thailand)
(25–21, 17–25, 20–25, 17–25)
result statistics
9 August 2008
20:00
Venezuela   0–3   China Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 12,000
Referees: Dejan Jovanovic (Serbia), Patrick Deregnaucourt (France)
(13–25, 13–25, 18–25)
result statistics
9 August 2008
22:00
Japan   1–3   United States Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 11,500
Referees: Massimo Menghini (Italy), Andrei Zenovich (Russia)
(20–25, 25–20, 19–25, 21–25)
result statistics

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

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

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

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

Pool BEdit

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Eliminated
 
Pts Matches Points Sets
Rank Team 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
Italy   3–1   Russia Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Attendance: 3,100
Referees: Frank Leuthauser (Germany), Karin Zahorcova (Czech Republic)
(25–20, 17–25, 25–16, 25–23)
result statistics
9 August 2008
12:15
Serbia   3–1   Kazakhstan Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Attendance: 1,800
Referees: Mitch Davidson (Canada), Victor Manuel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico)
(25–21, 25–17, 23–25, 25–21)
result statistics
9 August 2008
12:30
Algeria   0–3   Brazil Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 12,000
Referees: Liu Jiang (China), Ibrahim al-Naama (Qatar)
(11–25, 11–25, 10–25)
result statistics

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

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

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

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

Knockout stageEdit

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.[2] 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).[2] 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-finalsSemi-finalsGold medal match
 
          
 
 
 
 
  Cuba3
 
 
 
  Serbia0
 
  Cuba0
 
 
 
  United States3
 
  United States3
 
 
 
  Italy2
 
  United States1
 
 
 
  Brazil3
 
  China3
 
 
 
  Russia0
 
  China0
 
 
 
  Brazil3 Bronze medal match
 
  Japan0
 
 
 
  Brazil3
 
  Cuba1
 
 
  China3
 

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

QuarterfinalsEdit

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

SemifinalsEdit

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

Bronze medal matchEdit

23 August 2008
12:30
Cuba   1–3   China   Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 12,500
Referees: Andrei Zenovich (Russia), Konstantin Tufekchiev (Bulgaria)
(16–25, 25–21, 13–25, 20–25)
result statistics

Gold medal matchEdit

23 August 2008
20:00
  United States   1–3   Brazil   Capital Indoor Stadium
Attendance: 13.000
Referees: Massimo Menghini (Italy), Umit Sokullu (Turkey)
(15–25, 25–18, 13–25, 21–25)
result statistics

Award ceremonyEdit

  • 21:50, 23 August 2008

Final standingsEdit

MedalistsEdit

Individual awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Volleyball at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Women's Volleyball". Sports Reference. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b [1]

External linksEdit