Ana Antonijevic is one of the three new transfers for Fenerbahce this season.
The current European Champions and Olympic silver medalists once again dazzled fans with their uptempo play en route to a 2nd place finish (12-3 record) in VNL’s preliminary phase
After circling the globe, the United States have made it back to the Western hemisphere, wrapping up the preliminary rounds of the Volleyball Nations League against No. 3 Serbia, which is holding out several starters, South Korea and host Argentina.
Middle blocker Jovana Stevanovic (#15) will be Serbia’s highest scorer in attendance in week 5 in Santa Fe, Argentina.
Italy overpowered Serbia offensively with help from a 28 points effort by young star Paola Egonu in a five-set win on Tuesday, the Italians third straight VNL victory, while the Netherlands took advantage of 20 Dominican Republic miscues in a home sweep.
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.
After competing internationally with Serbia this summer, Antonijević will be reunited with Serbian head coach at the Turkish side Fenerbahce.
Attendance records, upsets and win streaks highlighted the collegiate volleyball landscape in October, while the 2018 World Championships field was set, the FIVB tested new beach rules and announced two drug-related reinstatements on the international scene.
Just like with Serbia’s Ana Antonijevic, Myriam Sylla’s clenbuterol charges were dropped due allegations of food contamination. Both players stayed at the same hotel and ate at the same restaurants on the same dates for the 2017 Grad Prix in Nanjing, China, a country with a history of clenbuterol meat contamination.
FIVB claims that Antonijevic’s clenbuterol contamination was food related. Is this good news for Italian Miriam Sylla, who also claimed that her clenbuterol positive test was due to eating contaminated food in China?