Paola Egonu piled up a tournament scoring record 45 points (39 kills, 5 aces and a block) and Italy bested China in kills and aces in a five-set win to earn its first World Championships finals berth since 2002.
Serbia was back to full strength on Friday and rode a 29-point effort by star opposite Tijana Boskovic to a four-set win over the Netherlands to earn a spot in the Saturday’s championship match.
Sloetjes piled up a match-high 26 points, but it was not enough to help the Dutch to victory as China boasted the advantage in every statistical category in rallying for the four-set win.
Serbia’s Tijana Boskovic turned in 29 points (27 kills, 2 blocks), while Italy’s Paola Egonu notched 28 as the Serbians issued Italy its first loss of the World Championships heading into the semifinals.
Morrison, formerly an assistant with the U.S. Women’s National Team, solved the puzzle his predecessors had been unable to and sent him home country packing in the race to defend their world title.
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.
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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.
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.
The Netherlands and Japan did what they needed to do to cement their spots in the World Championships Final Six and then some, each leapfrogging Serbia for the top two spots in Pool E.
Serbia suffered its first loss of the World Championships, falling to Japan in four sets on Wednesday. Brazil handed the Netherlands its first loss as well to stay in the race for the Final Six.
Brazil bounced back from a five-set upset to Germany with a four-set win over Mexico, meanwhile the Netherlands and Serbia stayed perfect on the tournament with sweeps of the Dominican Republic and Germany.
Karsta Lowe started for Team USA as the Americans rolled through Bulgaria to open the 2nd round of play at the Women’s Volleyball World Championships.
Italy enters Pool F in first place after the First Round.
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At the end of the day, the Netherlands, Italy, the United States and Serbia wrapped up the preliminary round with perfect 5-0 marks and pool titles.
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