7th-ranked Italy rallied all the way back for a 3-1 upset victory after dropping the opening set to top-ranked China. The Italians complete pool play with a perfect 5-0 mark, while the Chinese drop to 4-1 heading to the second round of FIVB World Championship action.
Italy’s woes continued during Day 2 of the Gloria Cup, as the team was knocked out of title contention in the competition, with 2 straight losses
Russia lost to the Netherlands 3-2 in the preliminaries, but were dominant in Sunday’s championship match at the 2018 Rabobank Super Series.
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.
Turkey upended Brazil to reach the finals where they will face USA, who downed host and top-ranked China in four sets.
Michelle Bartsch-Hackley scored 21 points after not starting until set three when Team USA came back from an 0-2 hole on Turkey.
Giovanni Guidetti’s right handed man for the 2017-18 season, Brazilian Mauricio Thomas has decided to leave the club to accept a head coach position with a team in his home-country
Russia boasted a 22-13 lead in blocks to rally for a 5-set victory over Turkey after falling behind 2-1 in the match. Serbia rode double-digit scoring efforts by Brankica Mihajlovic, Bojana Milenkovic and Stefana Veljkovic to an easy sweep of Belgium to keep pace atop the VNL leaderboard.
Day 2 of Volleyball Nations League action brought redemption for many sides, but also saw World #2 United States edged by a young Turkish squad. To see the agony and ecstasy of each match, we’ve included a short recap of the action and also quotes from the involved parties.
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