The World Championships’ leading scorer, Nataliya Goncharova, is out for the rest of the tournament with an injury.
Twenty blocks and four double-digit scoring efforts lifted Russia past Japan to close out both teams’ Volleyball Nations League slate. In a fairly even match, 27 Polish errors helped the Dominican Republic to a four-set win, snapping a seven-match losing skid.
Russia’s offense and serving were too much for the Dominican Republic to handle in a sweep, while Malwina Smarzek notched 33 points to lift Poland past Japan in five sets for its seventh victory of VNL play.
The Final Four has been determined after the 2018 CEV Champions League Playoffs 6 concluded on April 5.
Team USA had a performance to forget in tough 3-0 loss to Japan in their debut,
Placings were decided from 1-16 and an all-tournament team was named on the final day of the FIVB U20 World Championship.
China won its third U20 world championship on Sunday after sweeping Russia in Sunday’s gold medal match. The title follows U20 championships in 1995 and 2013.
China and Russia each will have a shot at its third U20 world championship on Sunday after winning in Saturday’s semifinals.
Russia is in the driver’s seat for Pool E after topping Poland via sweep on Wednesday.
Russia edged Turkey in four sets in an fairly even match, while Poland blew out Brazil with help from offensive and blocking prowess.