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.
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.
The field for the final 6 is set, but there’s still some jockeying for positions.
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Italy did all it could after a slow VNL start, but came up just short as the Netherlands and Turkey came through with victories on Wednesday to sew up the final two spots in the Final Six.
Serbia served up 10 aces and edged Argentina in every other statistical category in a sweep.
It was an all-around effort with seven players chipping in five or more points for the Americans, who got back on track after Tuesday’s loss with a dominating sweep of South Korea.
After falling behind 2-1 in the match, Japan dug deep and pulled out two deuce sets for the win over the Dominican Republic. Poland put up 10 blocks and served up nine aces in a crushing sweep of Russia on Wednesday.
In a win and in situation, the Dutch proved up to the task, besting top ranked China in four sets to claim their spot among the VNL Final Six. Turkey followed suit, securing its spot with a four-set win over Germany.
Rosamaria Montibeller led a group of four double-digit scorers for Brazil in a four-set win over Thailand.
With Brazil defeating Belgium to reach 11 wins, and Serbia’s victory over the VNL League leading United States Women’s team…
Just two spots are still available in the Volleyball Nations League Final Six after the close of play on Tuesday as two more teams – Brazil and Serbia – punched their tickets to China.
Argentina finally broke through into the win column with a home sweep of South Korea at home in Santa Fe on Tuesday.
Any questions on Serbia’s ability to solidify its spot in the VNL Final Six were put to rest on Tuesday as the team, despite what many thought was a depleted roster, knocked off No. 2 United States in four sets to punch its ticket to China.
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