The Dutch squad upset Italy with a very one sided 3-0 win behind another Lonneke Slöetjes’s gem performance. Serbia did its homework and ended Belarus’s surprising Euro run.
Title favorites dominate play. Meanwhile, Georgia, Hungary, and Belgium are the first squads eliminated.
Europe’s hottest teams continue impressive EuroVolley start
Italy, Serbia and The Netherlands start out very strong, while “coachless” Russia needed five sets to down underdogs Ukraine.
After leading Italy’s young offense to a silver medal at the FIVB World Grand Prix, setter Ofelia Malinov will miss the European Championships with an injury.
This is Italy’s 19th time competing at the FIVB World Grand Prix and has not been on the podium since 2010.
Italy took down Turkey after a wild fourth set to increase their winning streak to five matches.
Team USA and Italy took down their opponents on the first day of week two in the World Grand Prix.
The United States scored a 3-0 win over Italy that has them sitting on top of Pool B1.
Italy was one of six teams to earn an automatic berth to the 2018 FIVB World Championships.