Summer 2015 - Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 7:10 am MST

posted Feb 10, 2017, 6:19 AM by Ashley Lee
Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 7:10 am MST

Details to follow about CAN women's win ...



Updated at 9:10 am MST

Here is a picture of just a few of the apartment blocks where 13000 athletes are staying and their support staff. All the buildings on the left of the road are part of the athlete’s village. There are probably 6-10 other high rises that I couldn’t get in this photo from my room with 4 similar high apartment towers for the judges, jury, technical officials, etc. the main accreditation centre is in the foreground.


Some interesting ‘tid-bits’ from the games:

1. Taipei men have two sets of identical twins playing on the team. #2 is Hong-jie Liu and his brother #7 Hung-min Liu both born on Nov 10th, 1993. The main differences are that #2 jumps higher than his brother 3.40 spike jump vs 3.30 jump and is 2 cm taller. The other two are #12 Mei-chung Hsu and #15 Wen-cheng Hsu are born Oct 16, 1991 and a big difference in spike jumps with 3.33 for #12 vs 3.15 for #15.

2. Chile has two brothers leading their team with their exploits on the court. They are the Parraguirre brothers, Tomas and Vincent. Tomas is the elder and both have a spike jump of 3.40. Tomas is the power house right side for his team and his brother shows more skill and is the leading power and passer on the team.

3. For the Men teams with players over 2.00 m:
Brazil - 5 and two at 2.05 m ( 6’9” )
Czech - 4 and tallest 2.05
Iran - 5 and 2.02 the tallest
Mexico - 1 at 2.00 m
Argentina - 4 with 2.02 the tallest
Australia - 4 with 2.07 the tallest ( 6’11”)
Canada - 6 and 2.07 the tallest
China - 1 at 2.00 m
Czech Republic - 4 - with 2.05 the tallest
Iran - 5 - with 3 at 2.02 m
Latvia - 4 with tallest at 2.06
Mexico - 1 at 2.00
Russia - 7 with 2.17 the highest (7’0”)
Switzerland - 3 - 2.01 the tallest
Thailand - 1 at 2.02
Ukraine - 5 - 2.08
USA - 5 with 2.13 the tallest
Venezuela - 1 at 2.00

4. For the Women with players over 1.88 (6’2”)
Brazil - 1 - 1.89
Canada - 3 - 1.93 tallest
China - 1 at 1.88
Russia - no stats but many, tallest team - 1 at over 1.95
Switzerland - 1 at 1.89
Turkey - 4- tallets at 1.92
Finland - 2 - both at 1.91
Ukraine - stats wrong but many over 1.88
USA - 3 - at 1.88

5. Female Coaches
Canada - 1 - Assistant
Turkey - 1 - Head Coach
China - 3 - 1 head coach and 2 assistants
Not much more but I may be off 1 or 2

CAN Women
Well back to the good part Canada women did beat Colombia 3-0 has we all hoped for. So they will be playing for 5th place against China. Playing for 7th place will be Thailand and Columbia. In the top 8 the favorites all won except maybe for Ukraine beating Brazil 3-1, Russia hammered the Japanese 3-0. So it is a Russia vs Ukraine for the gold and Japan vs Brazil for the Bronze. Next, in the 9-12 pool it will be USA vs Finland for 9th and Switzerland vs Chinese Taipei for 11th. For the 13 to 16 grouping it will be Turkey vs Korea the top honours in that pool and Chile vs Zimbabwe for the last placings.

CAN Men
Now for the men. Our men had a bye until tomorrow and will play Australia who defeated Hong Kong in 4 sets.. Results to date are:

In the top pool, the highlight was the Iran vs Ukraine match. Ukraine down two zero came back to win in 5. I did the Russia - Latvia match and even though it was close Russia was in control but forced in the 1st and 3rd sets. Taipei my other match was too much for Chile. They are a smaller team but have great combination play, a great setter, two sets of twins and a libero (for men) 1.65 tall, so all you young guys there is hope to play at the highest levels if you polish up those skills.

17 - 21st is where we find Canada's men playing tomorrow.


Check the Schedule for Results + Upcoming M/W Matches: http://www.gwangju2015.com/IRS/eng/zz/engzz_volleyball_sport_overview.htm

That is it for today. I have a long day with 3 matches from 1 pm to 10 pm back at beautiful Honam University - will try to take some pics on the way in. It is on the side of a hill with beautiful view and flowers everywhere. The gym is an international venue but only seating for around 2000.

Lorne
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