Four teams punched their tickets to the second round of the FIVB World Championships with Italy and China notching Pool B wins to move through and the USA and Russia also staying perfect in Pool C to secure their spots.
The USA Women’s Volleyball Team enters the 2018 World Championships as both the defending Nations League winners and World Champions.
With the FIVB World Championships just over a month away, U.S. Women’s National team head coach Karch Kiraly announced a preliminary 22-woman roster on Thursday.
Kingdom closed out the Americans’ exhibition tour in Brazil with a big game – both offensively and defensively.
After posting a four set win on Sunday, the United States women’s national team made short work of Brazil in the second of four friendlies on Tuesday.
Karsta Lowe, above, will return to Rio with Team USA in her first official matches since the 2016 Olympic Games.
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
After leading Team USA to gold in the first-ever FIVB Nations League gold medal match, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley was named MVP of the tournament.
While Team USA had a very impressive 10-match win streak in the VNL, including wins over Final Six participants Brazil, China, and the Netherlands, it will face Turkey and Serbia next. Ironically, these are the only teams to defeat the Americans in the preliminary round
The United States wrapped up the Volleyball Nations League round-robin action atop the standings table, clinching the top spot with an all-around team effort in a sweep of last place Argentina.