Britt Herbots scored a team-best 23 points as Belgium wrapped up VNL play with a victory over Thailand. Although the Final Six was mathematically out of reach, Italy did not hold back in its final match of the VNL, besting Brazil in five sets to end the tournament on an eight-match win streak.
Rosamaria Montibeller led a group of four double-digit scorers for Brazil in a four-set win over Thailand.
Tandara Caixeta scored 15 points in just three sets of action, many coming in a decisive fourth set in Brazil’s win over Belgium, which officially punched the team’s ticket to the VNL Final Six. Italy dominated the net in a quick sweep of Thailand, put-blocking its foes 13-0, to stay in the race for the VNL Final Six.
Turkey won its third straight match in Thailand with a dominant offensive showing in a sweep of South Korea. Japan mounted an awe-inspiring comeback effort, rallying from down 2-0 in the match, down five points in Set 4 and facing two match-points in Set 5 to steal away a victory over Thailand.
Turkey kept pace with the top group in VNL play with a four-set win over Japan. Fourteen blocks and 20-point efforts by Jin Yang Hyo and Kim Yeon Koung helped Korea snap a four-match win streak on Tuesday.
Turkey leads Pool 15 of the Women’s FIVB Volleyball Nations League with Japan, Korea and Thailand.
A balanced offensive attack, led by Kim Hill’s 13 putaways, guided Team USA to its seventh straight Volleyball Nations League victory and seventh straight sweep.
Germany put up 17 blocks and used 20-point efforts by Louisa Lippmann and Maren Fromm to edge past homestanding Thailand in five sets on Wednesday.
Yonkaira Pena Isabel, Brayelin Martinez and Lisvel Mejia turned in double-digit scoring efforts to lift the Dominican Republic past Thailand on Tuesday to open week 3 of VNL play.
It was a day of standout scoring efforts in Macau, China, on Thursday with Malwina Smarzek recording a tournament best 38 points for Poland in a 5-set loss to Thailand, and Serbia’s Tijana Boskovic racking up 32 points in 4-set win over China.