In a win and in situation, the Dutch proved up to the task, besting top ranked China in four sets to claim their spot among the VNL Final Six. Turkey followed suit, securing its spot with a four-set win over Germany.
Thirty-seven errors and 16 Dutch blocks secured the Netherlands a five-set win over Turkey on Tuesday, meanwhile 37 errors were just two much for Germany to overcome as it let a 2-0 lead slip away into a five-set loss.
China can cause some havoc for Netherlands and Turkey in Pool 17 hosted by Germany of the Women’s Volleyball Nations League.
Nineteen-year old Hanna Orthmann took the spotlight after entering the match as a substitute in Set 1 of Germany’s blanking of winless Argentina. Malwina Smarzek dropped a match-high 23 points as Poland edged Serbia in four sets.
Kaja Grobelna put on a show, scoring 24 points on 17 kills, four blocks and three aces, to pace Belgium in a sweep of winless Argentina. Poland blocked Germany off the court with 20 stuffs in a four-set win on Wednesday.
Germany’s Louisa Lippman poured in 28 points to overcome double-digit efforts by four Belgian players in a four-set win, while Poland capped off Day 10 of VNL play with a quick sweep of winless Argentina as Malwina Smarzek notched 20 points. .
Louisa Lippman came through for Germany in a big way, dropping 29 points to pace the team in a four-set win over the Dominican Republic on Thursday.
Germany put up 17 blocks and used 20-point efforts by Louisa Lippmann and Maren Fromm to edge past homestanding Thailand in five sets on Wednesday.
Russia used a strong block to get past Germany in four sets, while Italy’s balanced offensive attack won the team its second straight, topping Korea in a sweep to wrap Volleyball Nations League Pool 6 play.
Italy earned its first win of VNL play with an all-around effort against Germany, while South Korea won its fourth straight, besting Russia in a sweep in Pool 7.