The second round consists of three consecutive days (July 26-28) of round-robin pool play with four groups of four teams. Pool E and Pool F consist of the top eight teams in contention for the gold medal, while Pool G and Pool H are teams attempting to classify as high as ninth place.
In Pool E in Lima, United States won an all-Norceca battle over Dominican Republic with a 25-11, 25-15, 25-23 victory to open the second round. To end the day, Italy defeated host Peru 25-23, 25-20, 25-14 in front of a heavily partisan home crowd.
In Pool F in Trujillo, Brazil handled Belgium 25-22, 25-20, 25-21 to earn an important first victory to start the top eight second round pool. China defeated Slovakia 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21 for a good start to Pool F.
In Pool G in Lima, Cuba defeated Korea 25-23, 18-25, 26-24, 25-17 to start the second round. Japan started the group with a 25-9, 25-15, 25-14 win over Tunisia.
In Pool H in Trujillo, Russia defeated Egypt 25-10, 25-20, 25-11 to open the second round, while Poland edged Serbia 25-21, 25-17, 14-25, 18-25, 15-11 in a thrilling five-set match lasting four minutes shy of two hours.