2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League
- May 15 – July 2, 2018
With the Final Six field already set, Thursday’s results were about seeding, pride and final placement.
The United States sealed its spot atop the standings ledger with a sweep of Argentina to move to 13-2 with a field-best 40 points. As the last place team, Argentina must now participate in a playoff match with the Challenger Cup winners to fight to be a part of the 2019 VNL field. The Challenger Cup is set for June 20-24 in Lima, Peru.
Fellow members of the Final Six: Serbia, the Netherlands and Turkey all won to wrap up the round-robin action. Turkey is the only team that faced a fellow Final Six member, besting top ranked and host China in four sets.
The biggest result of the day saw a disappointed Italy wrap up its campaign with its eighth-straight win, a five-setter over Brazil. The loss dropped Brazil into third place in the standings, while the victory allowed the Italians to exit the competition having ended well, following a 2-5 start without stars Paola Egonu and Lucia Bosetti.
Russia also ended its campaign with an exclamation point, securing a five-set win over Japan, after trailing 2-1 in the match.
The Dominican Republic rebounded from a seven-match losing skid with a four-set win over Poland in its finale.
Top scorers on the day were Belgium’s Britt Herbots (23), Thailand’s Chatchu-On Moksri (20) and Italy’s Serena Ortolani (20).
Here’s a look at how the results shook out.
Pool 17 Recap
Pool 18 Recap
Pool 19 Recap
Pool 20 Recap: Serbia Recap, USA Recap