It was another day of shocking results in the Volleyball Nations League and as the dust settled, France, the USA and Russia are now the top three teams.
Simon Hirsch, Moritz Reichert and Tobias Krick starred in a four-set win over Argentina to snap a two-match skid for Germany. Russia owned the net both offensively and defensively in a sweep of Japan, marking its fourth straight win.
Korea dominated the offensive side of the ball and Italy excelled at the net before the Italians eventually hung on for the five-set victory. In a match featuring three deuce sets, all in extra points, a 12-kill advantage was the difference in a four-set Australian win.
After 10 matches, four teams stand at 8-2, but Finals host France boasts the top spot in the standings with 25 points. Poland, Brazil and the United States follow.
Guerra is one of many young Italian promises showcasing their skills in this year’s VNL
Thirty-four errors plagued Germany in its five-set loss to Japan on Friday, nullifying the team’s advantages in kills and blocks. Argentina boasted a slight edge in kills and aces, but could not get out of its own way in the match, committing 24 errors in a 3-0 loss to Russia.
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Without Patch on the roster, Matt Anderson will shoulder the responsibilities t the opposite position for the United States. They will look to set themselves up for a run at the Final Round this weekend in front of a home crowd in Hoffman Estates, Illinois for Pool 15 of the Volleyball Nations League.
In what was Italy’s 500th world level victory, the team rode a balanced scoring effort and strong net play to a four-set win over China to kick off VNL Week 4. Twelve blocks and 32 Korean miscues gifted Australia a four-set win on Friday.
After 120 matches in round robin play, the Volleyball Nations League Final Six is set and the pools for Nanjing on June 27-29 are set.
With the Final Six field already set, Thursday’s results were about seeding, pride and final placement. The United States finished atop the standings, while Italy, Russia and the Dominican Republic ended round-robin play with wins.
Serbia vaulted into second place in the Volleyball Nations League standings, capping a three-match win streak with a dominating sweep of South Korea.
Britt Herbots scored a team-best 23 points as Belgium wrapped up VNL play with a victory over Thailand. Although the Final Six was mathematically out of reach, Italy did not hold back in its final match of the VNL, besting Brazil in five sets to end the tournament on an eight-match win streak.
Twenty blocks and four double-digit scoring efforts lifted Russia past Japan to close out both teams’ Volleyball Nations League slate. In a fairly even match, 27 Polish errors helped the Dominican Republic to a four-set win, snapping a seven-match losing skid.
The six-team field for the 2018 Women’s FIVB Challenger Cup is now set after the teams from Europe have clinched their spots.
A 20-point lead in kills was the difference for Turkey in a hotly contested match with China to wrap up VNL play. The Dutch edged Germany in every way in a four-set victory to cap its VNL preliminary round efforts.
Germany will look to play giant killer again as they host Pool 14 with Russia, Japan and Argentina.
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