- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ISTANBUL (AP) - The United States, Australia, Spain and Turkey all have won their groups at the women’s world championship and earned byes to the quarterfinals, which begin Friday.

The four teams all went unbeaten in pool play and await the winners of the qualifying round games that take place on Wednesday. Belarus plays China with Spain getting the winner; Serbia faces Cuba with the host nation waiting in the next round.

France will play Brazil with the victor playing the U.S.; Canada will meet the Czech Republic with Australia waiting in the quarters.

Japan, Angola, Mozambique and Korea were all eliminated after going winless in pool play.

No African nation has ever won a preliminary round game.

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