19-year old Paola Egonu took over in Saturday’s semi-final between Italy and Brazil, finishing with 32 points.
Russia got the win over Poland that they needed to advance at the 2018 Montreux Masters tournament in Switzerland on Friday, but continued to have uncertainty at the setter positio.
There are some notable absences, but included on the list is Malwina Smarzek: the leading scorer of the 2018 Nations League tournament
Malwina turned heads in this year’s VNL. She led the competition in scoring with 361 points (6.2/set), 111 points more second place Brayelin Martinez, while hitting 44%, third best in the competition
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
With both VNL preliminary phases over, 10 teams were sent home, and with them, some very good players we wish we could have the chance to see more of
After 120 matches, 15 per team and several standout performances in women’s VNL play, there was no question about who was the standout performer of the preliminary round: Poland’s Malwina Smarzek
Just two spots are still available in the Volleyball Nations League Final Six after the close of play on Tuesday as two more teams – Brazil and Serbia – punched their tickets to China.
Poland plays host to Pool 18 with Dominican Republic, Japan & Russia at the 2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League.
Kelsey Robinson (above, red jersey) has been a more consistent libero for the Americans since taking over in week 3, and Kim Hill leads the tournament with a 22.22% reception.