The recently ended Women’s WCH presented fans with masterful performances from the world’s best players.
What was already a history making showing for Serbia, got that much sweeter to the tune of a five-set comeback win over Italy and the nation’s first ever FIVB Women’s World Championships title. Serbia had never finished higher than third, meanwhile Italy claims its second ever medal following a gold in 2002.
Serbia was back to full strength on Friday and rode a 29-point effort by star opposite Tijana Boskovic to a four-set win over the Netherlands to earn a spot in the Saturday’s championship match.
Serbia’s Tijana Boskovic turned in 29 points (27 kills, 2 blocks), while Italy’s Paola Egonu notched 28 as the Serbians issued Italy its first loss of the World Championships heading into the semifinals.
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.
The Netherlands and Japan did what they needed to do to cement their spots in the World Championships Final Six and then some, each leapfrogging Serbia for the top two spots in Pool E.
Serbia suffered its first loss of the World Championships, falling to Japan in four sets on Wednesday. Brazil handed the Netherlands its first loss as well to stay in the race for the Final Six.
Brazil bounced back from a five-set upset to Germany with a four-set win over Mexico, meanwhile the Netherlands and Serbia stayed perfect on the tournament with sweeps of the Dominican Republic and Germany.
Brazil secured its spot in the second round, while Kazakhstan was eliminated in Pool D on Wednesday. Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Serbia all won in sweeps.
Serbia cruised past Brazil in the most highly anticipated match of Pool D, while the Dominican Republic garnered its first win and Puerto Rico also won in straight sets.