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.
China’s Gong Xiangyu led her team in scoring on Thursday, but left late in the match with an apparent ankle injury.
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.
Veteran French middle blocker Kevin Le Roux will rejoin his teammates in Varna, Bulgaria after resting last week.
SWD Duren continues its tradition of signing Canadian players