The U.S. Women’s National Team swept Serbia to move on to the semifinals with Turkey, Brazil & China in the 2018 Volleyball Nations League.
Michelle Bartsch-Hackley scored 21 points after not starting until set three when Team USA came back from an 0-2 hole on Turkey.
While Team USA had a very impressive 10-match win streak in the VNL, including wins over Final Six participants Brazil, China, and the Netherlands, it will face Turkey and Serbia next. Ironically, these are the only teams to defeat the Americans in the preliminary round
The United States wrapped up the Volleyball Nations League round-robin action atop the standings table, clinching the top spot with an all-around team effort in a sweep of last place Argentina.
It was an all-around effort with seven players chipping in five or more points for the Americans, who got back on track after Tuesday’s loss with a dominating sweep of South Korea.
Any questions on Serbia’s ability to solidify its spot in the VNL Final Six were put to rest on Tuesday as the team, despite what many thought was a depleted roster, knocked off No. 2 United States in four sets to punch its ticket to China.
Michelle Bartsch-Hackley leads Team USA in scoring through 4 weeks of play at the FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League.
Michelle Bartsch-Hackley racked up a match-high 18 points to guide the United States to a sweep of host China, its 10th straight win in Volleyball Nations League play.
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.
Since losing to Turkey, the American women have swept their last 7 matches, but will face their toughest challenges yet in week 4 in China