Led by 7 kills from Yuki Ishii (#7), Japan had a clinical display of international volleyball to close pool play in Jakarta.
Li Yingying was among the players who told media of their weight loss: the 18-year old dropped 14 pounds at the team’s two-week training camp.
Zhang missed the Nations League, but is included on China’s roster for the Asian Games. So too is Yi Lingling, though she’s been moved to a different position.
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.
Zhu Ting tallied a match-high 34 points and China led Brazil in kills, blocks and aces, but it was not enough to secure a victory on Tuesday.
It was a day of standout scoring efforts in Macau, China, on Thursday with Malwina Smarzek recording a tournament best 38 points for Poland in a 5-set loss to Thailand, and Serbia’s Tijana Boskovic racking up 32 points in 4-set win over China.
Poland continued its blocking prowess, but it was not enough to defeat the No. 3 Serbs, who rested star Tijana Boskovic in a 3-1 win. Blocking and serving helped top-ranked China snap a two-match losing streak with a four-set win over No. 16 Thailand as Li Yingying watched from the bench.
18-year old Chinese opposite Li Yingying has reportedly spurned an offer by Turkish side Fenerbahce Istanbul, instead choosing to stay home…