Lippman, Smarzek Star as Germany, Poland Win in #VNL Pool 16

  0 Wendy Mayer | June 05th, 2018 | European volleyball, FIVB Nations League - Women, International Volleyball, News, South American Volleyball

2o18 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League – Week 4/Pool 16

  • June 5th-7th, 2018
  • Luczniczka arena, Bydgoszcz, Poland (capacity 8,764)
  • Time Zone: GMT +2 (U.S. Eastern Time +6)
  • FIVB World Ranks: #11 Argentina, #13 Germany, #13 Belgium, #22 Poland
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  • Schedule/Results
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
5 Jun 17:30 Germany  3–1  Belgium 25–19 25–21 22–25 25–23 97–88
5 Jun 20:30 Poland  3–0  Argentina 25–11 25–14 25–20 75–45


Germany def. Belgium 3-1

  • Germany defeated Belgium 25-19, 25-21, 22-25, 25-23
  • Germany moved to 4-6 (11 points); Belgium moved to 2-8 (6 points)

Louisa Lippman poured in 28 points to overcome double-digit efforts by four Belgian players in a four-set win on Tuesday.

Lippman notched 26 kills and two blocks, while Maren Fromm (14), Jennifer Geerties (13) and Leonie Schwertmann (9) played key supporting roles. Fromm and Geerties excelled offensively with 14 and 12 kills respectively. Schwertmann served up four aces and added three putaways and two stuffs.

Britt Herbots paced Belgium with 23 points (21 kills, 1 block, 1 ace) and had help from Kaja Grobelna (16), Celine Van Gestel (12) and Marlies Janssens (11), but the combined effort fell just short. Grobelna downed 16 kills and Van Gestel added 11. For her part, Janssens posted six kills, a team-best three blocks and two aces. Silke Van Avermaet served up three of the team’s nine aces.

After dropping the first two sets, Belgium rallied behind Herbot, extending the match with a 25-22 victory in Set 3.

Lippman posted 12 points as Germany staved off a late Belgian charge and closed out the match with a 25-23 win. Germany followed Lippman’s lead to a 9-5 advantage in Set 4, but Belgium turned the tables with eight of the next 11 points to grab a 13-12 edge on a Herbots ace. After a tie at 16, Herbot tallied two kills to put Belgium in front 20-18. Again, Lippman keyed the German charge to the tune of a final 7-3 run. Herbot’s attempt to save match-point sailed long and gave Germany its’ third straight win.


Poland def. Argentina 3-0

  • Poland defeated 25-11, 25-14, 25-20
  • Poland moved to moved to 4-6 (11 points); Argentina moved to 0-10 (0 points)

Poland capped off Day 10 of VNL play with a quick sweep of winless Argentina as Malwina Smarzek notched 20 points.

The Poles dominated the Argentines in all facets of the game: kills (38-23), blocks (10-4) and aces (7-2) and took 20 points on errors, while committing 16.

Smarzek doubled the next highest scorer, pacing Poland with 14 kills, a match-high five blocks and an ace. Natalia Medrzyk chipped in 10 points (8 kills, 2 ace) and Zuzanna Efimienko-Mlotkowska added seven (5 kills, 2 blocks). Agnieszka Kakolewska took just five swings, connecting on three, while Martyna Grajber tacked on five points with two kills, two blocks and an ace.

Antonela Fortuna was the top scorer for Argentina, posting eight points, all on kills. Anahi Tosi added six putaways and Florencia Reyes turned in five points (2 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace).

Smarzek flexed her muscles early on with seven of the team’s first 11 points, including an ace, as the team jumped ahead 11-5. From there, Poland was rarely challenged.

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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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