Italy Earns First #VNL Win, Korea Tops Russia for Fourth Straight

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 23rd, 2018 | Asian Volleyball, European volleyball, FIVB Nations League - Women, International Volleyball, News

2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League – Week 2 / Pool 6

  • May 22-24, 2018
  • Suwon, South Korea
  • Time Zone: UTC + 9; ET + 13 hours
  • World Rankings: No. 5 Russia, No. 7 Italy, No. 10 South Korea, No. 13 Germany
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  • Schedule/Results
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
22 May 15:00 Italy  0–3  Russia 24–26 12–25 23–25 59–76 P2 P3
22 May 18:00 South Korea  3–1  Germany 23–25 26–24 25–16 25–16 99–81 P2 P3
23 May 16:00 Italy  3–0  Germany 25–22 25–18 25–20 75–60 P2 P3
23 May 19:00 South Korea  3–0  Russia 25–19 25–14 25–17 75–50


Italy def. Germany 3-0

  • Italy defeated Germany 25-22, 25-18, 25-20
  • Italy moved to 1-4 (4 points); Germany moved to 1-4 (3 points)

Italy earned its first win of VNL play with an all-around effort against Germany. The Italians bested the Germans in every statistical area: kills (37-31), blocks (11-6) and aces (7-3) to break into the win column.

Miryam Fatime Sylla (16), Serena Ortolani (14) and Marina Lubian (12) shared the scoring load for the Italians, while each managing a team-best three blocks. Sylla put together a strong performance on all sides of the ball adding 12 kills and an ace to her blocking prowess. Orotlani notched 10 kills, while Lubian and Lucia Bosetti turned in six putdowns each. Lubian also served up three of the team’s seven aces as the team settled into a rhythm.

Louisa Lippman continued to carry the Germans with a 15 point effort (14 kills, 1 block). Her nearest help came from Maren Fromm (8 points, all on kills). Marie Scholzel racked up seven points (3 kills, 3 blocks, 1 ace).

Set 1 was a back and forth affair with the teams trading blows as well as errors. In the end, Italy scored four straight to claim victory. The Italians worked their way to a four-point edge in Set 2 and never looked back as Sylla racked up six points. The Germans continued to fight in Set 3, but could not break through, eventually succumbing as Lippman served long on match point to give Italy its first VNL win.

Postmatch reaction:

Italy coach Davide Mazzanti: “We had to win today’s match. It was important to win this game to bring up our entire performance. We were good at attacking and defense. Throughout this game, our pace was well maintained. The performance of today was the best so far.”

Germany coach Felix Koslowski: “They did really well in block and defense. They had very good control. They had patience to score the points. I think we missed a lot in our serves. Italy’s team’s serves were really good. They performed short and long serves. That made it difficult for us to receive. But the main point of today’s match for our team is we need more soul and spirit to win, which was missing today.”


South Korea def. Russia 3-0

  • South Korea defeated Russia 25-19, 25-14, 25-17
  • South Korea moved to 4-1 (11 points); Russia moved to 3-2 (9 points)

Seventeen Russian errors and a 21 points effort from Yeon Koung Kim aided South Korea to an easy sweep on Wednesday, marking its fourth straight VNL victory.  The Koreans earned eight more points on opponent miscues (17-9), and bested in the Russians in all facets of the game: offense (44-33 in kills), net defense (8-5 in blocks) and serving (6-3 in aces) to stay among the top of the VNL standings.

Koung Kim racked up a match-high 17 kills to go with three blocks and an ace, while Su Ji Kim (10), Jaeyeong Lee (10) and Heejin Kim (9) rounded out the scoring. Lee and Heejin Kim turned in nine kills apiece, while Su Ji Kim racked on six putaways and a team-best four blocks.

Russia got 12 points from Irina Fetisova (8 kills, 3 blocks, 1 ace), but it was not enough. Ekaterina Efimova and Kseniia Parubets were limited to six kills apiece and Irina Voronkova managed just five for the Russians.

Koung Kim scored 10 of her 21 points in Set 3 to lift Korea to the sweep, which ended a long stretch of Russian dominance in the series (previously 43 of 49 wins).

Korea led by as many as six in the opening set victory. The home side jumped out to a 12-3 lead in Set 2 and continued to take advantage of several Russian miscues in a dominating 25-14 win. After taking a 13-9 lead in Set 3, Korea navigated a series of Russian comeback efforts before clinching the win on the serve of Lee Hyo Hee.


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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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