With 24 national teams, the U19 World Championship begins on Tuesday
Middle blocker Jaela Auguste will be part of the American squad in the tournament (Photo: NORCECA)
The future stars of international women’s volleyball have an important couple of weeks ahead of them as they reunite in Croatia and Hungary to represent their national teams at the 2023 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U19 World Championship from August 1-11.
With 24 national teams in contention, the 11-day tournament will have Osijek, in Croatia, and Szeged, in Hungary, as the two host cities for the 104 matches that will be held in the event.
The tournament will be streamed live on the Volleyball World YouTube channel.
This will be first time a Girls’ U19 World Championship is held, following a decision of the FIVB Board of Administration in February 2022 to align the Age Groups in both genders. Previously, the women would play in the U18 Age Group.
For the start of the tournament, which will for the first time be co-hosted by two nations, the 24 national teams were split into four pools.
Argentina, Cameroon, Chile, China, Egypt and Hungary form Pool A; Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Nigeria, Puerto Rico and Türkiye are in Pool B; Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Italy, Peru and Thailand will compete in Pool C; Japan, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Serbia and the United States were drawn in Pool D.
Three matches held simultaneously will start the tournament on Tuesday, with the United States battling Korea and Türkiye facing Nigeria in Osijek while Argentina meets China in Szeged. The three encounters will begin at 15:00 local time (13:00 UTC).
The two host countries will also be on the court in the opening day, with Croatia playing against Germany in Osijek and Hungary challenging Chile in Szeged – both duels will start at 18:00 local time (16:00 UTC).
Pool play will go on from Tuesday to Sunday (with a day off on Friday) and the top four teams in each pool will advance to the elimination rounds, from where the tournament continues in a single elimination format, with the Round of 16, the quarterfinals, the semifinals and the medal matches.
Opposite Larissa Brandão will be back with Brazil after competing in the 2021 U18 World Championship in Mexico
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