After leading Team USA to gold in the first-ever FIVB Nations League gold medal match, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley was named MVP of the tournament.
Kimberly Hill led the way for the U.S. for the match and in the comeback to overcome Turkey for Gold on the final day of the 2018 VNL.
It’s become clear that the American’s path to gold is the right arm of Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (#14).
Turkey upended Brazil to reach the finals where they will face USA, who downed host and top-ranked China in four sets.
China and the United States will battle for a spot in the finals against either Brazil or Turkey at the 2018 Volleyball Nations League.
With their backs against the wall, Turkey downed Serbia in five sets to stay alive as we move closer to the semifinals at the VNL.
Michelle Bartsch-Hackley scored 21 points after not starting until set three when Team USA came back from an 0-2 hole on Turkey.
Team USA had the best record in pool play but now faces the two nations they lost to in Serbia & Turkey in Pool B of the #VNL Final Six.
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
In a win and in situation, the Dutch proved up to the task, besting top ranked China in four sets to claim their spot among the VNL Final Six. Turkey followed suit, securing its spot with a four-set win over Germany.