The star of the show thus far in the World Championships has been Italy’s Paola Egonu. The 19-year old has notched 182 total points (150 kills, 17 blocks, 15 aces) and also ranks among the top 10 in aces and kills.
It’s on to the 3rd round of 2018 FIVB Women’s World Championships for #1 China, #7 Italy and #3 Serbia. The final 3 slots will be determined on Thursday.
Kelsey Robinson is settling in nicely to her new role as the American libero.
Eight of the 12 matches on Wednesday were decided in straight sets and five teams claimed spots in the FIVB Women’s World Championships second round.
The USA Women’s Volleyball Team enters the 2018 World Championships as both the defending Nations League winners and World Champions.
With the FIVB World Championships just over a month away, U.S. Women’s National team head coach Karch Kiraly announced a preliminary 22-woman roster on Thursday.
Looking at the numbers from just the final round, China’s Zhu Ting, who was in and out of the lineup during the preliminary matches, posted the highest scoring tally with 87 points
We are in the age of super teams
It’s become clear that the American’s path to gold is the right arm of Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (#14).
China and the United States will battle for a spot in the finals against either Brazil or Turkey at the 2018 Volleyball Nations League.