The gold medal match between Serbia and Italy was a sell-out crowd, but that wasn’t enough to bring up lagging attendance throughout the tournament.
The event will be the qualifier for the 2019 U19 World Championships.
Serbia wasn’t the only team to score a historic finish at the World Championships.
Sarina Koga and the Japanese women had almost 9,000 spectators per match in the opening round of the 2018 Women’s Volleyball World Championship tournament.
7th-ranked Italy rallied all the way back for a 3-1 upset victory after dropping the opening set to top-ranked China. The Italians complete pool play with a perfect 5-0 mark, while the Chinese drop to 4-1 heading to the second round of FIVB World Championship action.
After a two-year run that included leading Canada to an all-time best finish at the 2017 World League, Stephane Antiga has resigned as the head coach of the VolleyMaples.
Maret Balkestein-Grothues led Netherlands to a 3-2 win over Japan on Sunday, giving them the Pool A lead.
Zhu Ting led China to another 3-0 win, while Bulgaria and Italy also picked up sweeps.
The first day was a day of firsts in Japan, including Trinidad & Tobago’s first-ever World Championship match.
Xinyue Yuan (#1) led all players from all pools with 7 blocks on day 1 of the 2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championships.