A pair of sweeps put Belgium and the home team Slovenia in the driver’s seat at 2-0 after two days of competition in Pool C.
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The Netherlands continues to succeed at home in Koog aan de Zaan, registering a 3-0 win over Greece to remain atop Pool B.
Germany topped Azerbaijan, Turkey edged out a feisty Icelandic team and the home French side dominated Ukraine in Day 2 action.
Despite reports indicating she’d land in Japan, star Russian outside hitter Tatiana Kosheleva will be staying in Turkey for next season, transferring to Galatasaray from Eczacibasi.
Serbia swept Cyprus and the Czech Republic made quick work of Iceland, while Poland survived a four-setter with Slovakia.
Tomorrow begins the 89th annual Open Nationals, that have been held since 1928 – excluding two years during World War II. The competition will bring in 500 teams with over 6,000 players, ranging in age from 18 to 80.