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.
Brazil secured its spot in the second round, while Kazakhstan was eliminated in Pool D on Wednesday. Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Serbia all won in sweeps.
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.
Lauren Gibbemeyer had a breakout game, posting a match-high 16 points, including eight of the USA’s 14 blocks, as the Americans rolled on to its ninth straight win on Wednesday, besting Brazil 3-1.
Four Brazilian players turned in double-digit scoring efforts as Brazil owned the net in a sweep of Poland on Wednesday. South Korea was overmatched in every facet of the game as the Netherlands nearly doubled the Koreans’ point tally (75-40) in a sweep.
Brazil dominated all facets of the game in a 3-0 thumping of the last place Argentines, their fourth straight NVL victory. Brayelin Martinez dropped a match-high 26 points, including 24 kills, but it was not enough to lift the Dominican Republic past Turkey in a 3-1 loss.
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China’s Zhu Ting earned the MVP title at the 2017 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup, following China winning the competition for the first time in four cycles of the event.
China came through at the 2017 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup with a 5-0 weekend to take their second title at the event.