The four womens semi-finalists in the Olympic tournament for women: USA, Brazil, Korea and Japan go ahead for a spot in the finals. In the first match Japan beated China after 5 sets (28-26, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 18-16). Olympic FIVB Heroes Saori Kimura and Yoshie Takeshita for Japan had to use all their energy to overcome Yimei Wang and China and get back to an Olympic semi after 24 years! Saori scored 33 points helped by her setter Takeshita, but on the other side Wang was among the best scorers with 22.
The second match was another never ending story between Brazil and Russia: 2h and 20 minutes of amazing volleyball, and our Olympic FIVB Heroes were the stars! Olympic FIVB Hero Sheilla Castro led Brazil to victory (24-26, 25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 21-19), and with 27 points was the best scorer of her team. Her fellow Olympic FIVB Hero Ekaterina Gamova also did a great job with 25 points, but in the tie break, after 6 failed match points, Brazil took their first to advance to the semis.
USA and Dominican Republic was the only quarter final that finished in straight sets. USA clinched the semi-final spot with a 3-0 win (25-14, 25-21, 25-22) showing their opponents just what good form they are in. With 19 points Olympic FIVB Hero Destinee Hooker was the best scorer of the match, whilst her fellow Olympic FIVB Hero Milagros Cabral played just one and a half sets ending the match with just 3 points.
The last match was between Korea and Italy. The Asians qualified for the semis with a 3-1 win (18-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18). After a shaky beginning Olympic FIVB Hero Kim Yeon-Koung took charge (scoring a total of 28 points) and led her team to an historic win after 36 years! On their side Italy with Olympic FIVB Hero Simona Gioli couldn’t find a way to stop Kim, and the 14 points scored by Simona were not enough.
Tomorrow Korea will play USA and Brazil will play Japan. Stay tuned to FIVBheroes.com and follow your Heroes in their race for the Olympic medals!