19-year old Paola Egonu took over in Saturday’s semi-final between Italy and Brazil, finishing with 32 points.
The six-day friendly tournament will see five teams in among the top 15 of the FIVB World Rankings competing for its golden crown
There are some notable absences, but included on the list is Malwina Smarzek: the leading scorer of the 2018 Nations League tournament
With both VNL preliminary phases over, 10 teams were sent home, and with them, some very good players we wish we could have the chance to see more of
After 120 matches, 15 per team and several standout performances in women’s VNL play, there was no question about who was the standout performer of the preliminary round: Poland’s Malwina Smarzek
Kelsey Robinson (above, red jersey) has been a more consistent libero for the Americans since taking over in week 3, and Kim Hill leads the tournament with a 22.22% reception.
Nineteen-year old Hanna Orthmann took the spotlight after entering the match as a substitute in Set 1 of Germany’s blanking of winless Argentina. Malwina Smarzek dropped a match-high 23 points as Poland edged Serbia in four sets.
Kaja Grobelna put on a show, scoring 24 points on 17 kills, four blocks and three aces, to pace Belgium in a sweep of winless Argentina. Poland blocked Germany off the court with 20 stuffs in a four-set win on Wednesday.
Germany’s Louisa Lippman poured in 28 points to overcome double-digit efforts by four Belgian players in a four-set win, while Poland capped off Day 10 of VNL play with a quick sweep of winless Argentina as Malwina Smarzek notched 20 points. .
Poland earned its first win of Week 3 action, besting South Korea across the stat sheet in an easy sweep and snapping a four-match skid as Malwina Smarzek notched 19 points. Tandara Caixeta supplied more than enough firepower to lift Brazil past the Netherlands in four sets, although the Dutch outscored the visitors by five points.