Michelle Bartsch-Hackley scored 21 points after not starting until set three when Team USA came back from an 0-2 hole on Turkey.
Team USA had the best record in pool play but now faces the two nations they lost to in Serbia & Turkey in Pool B of the #VNL Final Six.
China will host Brazil and Netherlands with two spots in the semifinals on the line from Pool A of the Volleyball Nations League Final Six.
Brazil finished its VNL preliminary phase in its usual dominant ways, sporting a 12-3 record, good enough for third place
With a 12-3 record, good enough for 4th place, the Duth women proved once and for all that they are a volleyball powerhouse to be reckoned with
The current European Champions and Olympic silver medalists once again dazzled fans with their uptempo play en route to a 2nd place finish (12-3 record) in VNL’s preliminary phase
While Team USA had a very impressive 10-match win streak in the VNL, including wins over Final Six participants Brazil, China, and the Netherlands, it will face Turkey and Serbia next. Ironically, these are the only teams to defeat the Americans in the preliminary round
The 2019 Volleyball Nations League fields are now set after the Challenger Cups and 2018 VNL pool play matches have come to a close.
Jaqueline Endres’ libero adventure didn’t last more than a couple of games for Brazil’s NT – At least for now
An adjustment to the rule will have the winners of the Challenger Cup go directly to the 2019 Volleyball Nations League.