China and the United States will open up Pool H with their 4th meeting of the summer.
Serbia suffered its first loss of the World Championships, falling to Japan in four sets on Wednesday. Brazil handed the Netherlands its first loss as well to stay in the race for the Final Six.
Brazil bounced back from a five-set upset to Germany with a four-set win over Mexico, meanwhile the Netherlands and Serbia stayed perfect on the tournament with sweeps of the Dominican Republic and Germany.
8th-ranked Netherlands finished strong in pool play with a sweep of 26th-ranked Mexico and will enter the second round with an undefeated 5-0 mark. 6th-ranked Japan came in second in Pool A, wrapping play at 4-1 following its 3-0 win over 13th-ranked Germany.
19-year old Paola Egonu put up the first 30+ point match of the 2018 Rabobank Super Series.
Led in scoring by middle blocker Yvon Belien, the Dutch women moved to 2-0 in the tournament with a win over Italy’s 2nd team.
The Dutch block struggled in the Final 6 of the Nations League without middle blocker Robin De Kruijf (above, center).
With a 12-3 record, good enough for 4th place, the Duth women proved once and for all that they are a volleyball powerhouse to be reckoned with
A 20-point lead in kills was the difference for Turkey in a hotly contested match with China to wrap up VNL play. The Dutch edged Germany in every way in a four-set victory to cap its VNL preliminary round efforts.
Italy bested the Dominican Republic in all phases of the game in an important sweep to keep Italy in the VNL Final Six race with its fifth straight win. The Netherlands rallied from two sets down to keep pace in the Final Six race, with help from 19 blocks and 33 Serbian miscues.