China coach Lang Ping has been waiting until crunch time to put her young dynamic hitter Li Yingying into matches, even though it’s clear their outcomes improve with her on the court.
Serbia snapped its two-match losing skid on Sunday with a sweep of Japan to open Pool G play in the Final Six at the FIVB Women’s World Championships.
Zhu Ting led the way as China rallied for a 5-set win over the United States to open Final Six play at the World Championships leaving the Americans in a must-win situation on Monday against the Netherlands.
After leading his team to 7-straight Caribbean titles and its first-ever World Championship berth, Trinidad & Tobago coach will now take over the program in neighboring St. Lucia.
China and the United States will open up Pool H with their 4th meeting of the summer.
Italy and their libero Beatrice Parrocchiale (above) have owned the 2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championships so far.
Tijana Boskovic missed her team’s last 2 matches, both losses, but participated in training on Saturday and is ready to go for the Final 6.
20 American men, including National Teamer Ben Patch (right, SCC Berlin), are signede to play in Germany for the 2018-2019 season.
The FIVB is holding firm on their 2-year probation for Leon to change his sporting citizenship, meaning we won’t see him at a major championship until the European Championships.
Whenever a star player becomes a naturalized citizen of another country in other to play in major international championships, it is always a topic of deep controversy.