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'15 Women's World Cup Ends, College Play Begins

Needing a top-two finish at the FIVB World Cup  in Japan to qualify for next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, the U.S. women took third . China (first) and Serbia (second) advance to Rio . (Brazil is automatically in the Olympics as host country, so per FIVB policy, did not participate in the World Cup.) The World Cup uses a round-robin format exclusively, with no elimination rounds (i.e., seminfinals, finals). Under this format, the U.S. finished 9-2, with losses to Serbia (in five games) and Russia (in three). Final standings are shown here , with the U.S. match log shown  here . The U.S. still has another opportunity to qualify for the Olympics through competition at the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation ( NORCECA ) level. Below, I've graphed how U.S. attackers performed against top competition (China, Serbia, fourth-place Russia, and fifth-place Japan). For each player, only matches in which she took at least 10 swings are shown. (