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Girls’ U18 World Championship Pools Confirmed


SANTA FE, Argentina, May 11, 2017 - The Drawing of Lots for the FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship Argentina 2017, to be held in Rosario and Santa Fe from August 18 to 27, was held on Wednesday on Argentinean soil and now the four first round pools are completed. Defending champions Italy are set to clash with Serbia, Poland, Colombia and Thailand in Pool C.

After booking their ticket to Argentina at the European Championship held in early April, Italy are now looking forward to another match against Serbia, as they faced each other in one of the semifinals of the continental contest staged in the Netherlands. Both teams were seeded atop of Pool C, while ranking-qualified Poland, debutants Colombia and also Thailand were drawn respectively.

Meanwhile, Pool D looks like a mouth-watering race with five world-class teams in the mix - four-time world champions China, 2011 gold medalists Turkey, current Asian champions Japan, South American runner-up Peru and NORCECA champions Dominican Republic. 


Pool B seems equally thrilling with first world-ranked USA, European champions Russia and South American champions Brazil grouped together, meaning that one of these three powerhouses will advance to the quarterfinals, after a battle that will also include Belarus and Mexico.


Last but not least, hosts Argentina lead Pool A followed by Germany, Slovenia, Korea and Cuba. While all of them missed the final of their respective continental championships recently, they still may pose a threat to a host team that dreams of improving their best ever performance - a seventh place earned at the 1991 edition held in Portugal.


The Drawing of Lots, which marked 100 days to the start of competition, featured an official presentation with national and local authorities in front of several media representatives.