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.
So much for the media’s scrutiny regarding the possibility of Ekaterina Pankova being favored in Russia’s national team now that her dad, Vadim Pankov, is the coach.
Russia’s offense and serving were too much for the Dominican Republic to handle in a sweep, while Malwina Smarzek notched 33 points to lift Poland past Japan in five sets for its seventh victory of VNL play.
Poland plays host to Pool 18 with Dominican Republic, Japan & Russia at the 2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League.