Serbia, China Win Tight Four-Setters in #VNL Pool 7

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 23rd, 2018 | International Volleyball, News


  • May 22nd-24th, 2018
  • Macau Forum | Macau, China (Capacity: 4,000)
  • Time Zone: UTC +08:00
  • World Rankings: #1 China, #3 Serbia, #16 Thailand, #22 Poland
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Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
22 May 16:30 Thailand  1–3  Serbia 18–25 23–25 25–19 19–25 85–94 P2 P3
22 May 20:00 China  2–3  Poland 25–18 17–25 18–25 25–22 12–15 97–105 P2 P3
23 May 17:30 Poland  1–3  Serbia 25–20 25–27 24–26 15–25 89–98 P2 P3
23 May 20:00 China  3–1  Thailand 25–23 26–24 22–25 25–17 98–89


Serbia def. Poland 3-1

  • Serbia defeated Poland 20-25, 27-25, 26-24, 25-15
  • Serbia moved to 4-1 (12 points); Poland moved to 2-3 (4 points)

Poland continued its blocking prowess, outdoing Serbia 11-9 at the net, but it was not enough to defeat the No. 3 Serbs, who rested star Tijana Boskovic.

Serbia took advantage of 27 Polish miscues and bested its foes in kills (57-45) and aces (8-6) en route to the victory.

Four Serbian players notched double-digit scoring efforts, led by Brankica Mihajlovic‘s 17 points, including a team-best three aces. Ana Bjelica (15), Jovana Stevanovic (14) and Bojana Milenkovic (14) followed. Mihajlovic and Milenkovic downed 13 kills a piece, while Bjelica added 12. Stevanovic paced the team at the net with five stuffs, while also chipping in seven kills and two aces.

Malwina Smarzek led all hitters with 18 points, racking up a team-high 15 kills to go with two blocks and an ace for Poland. Captain Agnieszka Kakolewska added 15 points, including a team-leading five blocks and two aces. Six other players tallied three of more kills, including substitutes Maryna Lukasik and Julia Nowicka, who each tallied three in three sets of work off the bench.

Poland earned a set-point try in each of the first three stanzas, but could only convert in the opening frame.

Postmatch reaction:

Serbia coach Zoran Terzic: “Poland has become a much better team. It is a very important win today as we did not play Tijana Boskovic and it shows that we have many other good players in our team. Poland played with a great tempo and for us it is important that we played much better today compared to yesterday, and we hope to keep improving as the VNL progresses.”

Poland coach Jacek Nawrocki: “For us it is an honor to be able to match the level of play of the Serbia team because they are a much better team than us. We fought for every point and I think we played well especially in the first two sets. We had a chance to get a two-set lead but we made some tactical errors towards the end of the second set, and in the third set we also made some bad decisions in our play. Overall I am satisfied with my team’s performance and it is a pity that we were unable to match Serbia until the end.”

Poland captain Agnieszka Kakolewska: “We gave 100 percent in the match and had a chance to win, but the way we played at the end of the sets showed our lack of experience at this level and this is reflected by the final scoreline.”


China def. Thailand 3-1

  • China defeated Thailand 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 25-17
  • China moved to 3-2 (10 points); Thailand moved to 1-4 (3 points)

In a match that included two deuce sets, it came down to blocking and serving as top-ranked China snapped a two-match losing streak with a four-set win over No. 16 Thailand.

While the Thai team registered five more kills (56-51), that was offset by the error differential (25-20), leaving the remainder of the points to be decided in an 11-7 Chinese advantage in blocks and a 9-7 lead in aces.

Xiaotong Liu paced the Chinese with 17 points (15 kills, 2 aces), while Fang Duan (15), Mingyuan Hu (15) and Fangxu Yang (10) also turned in double-digit efforts. Duan posted 11 kills and three blocks, while Hu accounted for eight kills and a match-high six stuffs. Yang served up three of the team’s nine aces, while Hu and Ni Yan chipped in eight putaways. Meanwhile, Li Yingying, who led China on Tuesday, watched from the sidelines.

Five Thai players posted double-digit scoring performances, with each registering more than eight kills. Chatchu-On Moksri led the way with 13 (12 kills, 1 block), followed by Onuma Sittirak (12 points, 10 kills), Pimpichaya Kokram (12 points – 9 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace), Ajcharaporn Kongyot (12 points, 11 kills) and Hattaya Bamrungsuk (10 points, 8 kills).



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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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