It’s on to the 3rd round of the 2018 FIVB Women’s World Championship for 7th-ranked Italy (9-0, 27 points), top-ranked China (8-1, 24 points) and the 2nd-ranked United States (7-2, 19 points). The Italians bested the Americans, who squeaked in after the Chinese knocked off the Russians Thursday night.
A 20-point lead in kills was the difference for Turkey in a hotly contested match with China to wrap up VNL play. The Dutch edged Germany in every way in a four-set victory to cap its VNL preliminary round efforts.
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’s top middle blocker Xinyue Yuan will rejoin his team for week 4 in Jiangmen.
Zhu Ting has joined the Chinese team in training in Hong Kong after a two week break.
Serbia’s Brankica Mihaljovic scored the most points (46) of any player in week 1 of the 2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League. She’ll lead her team to a rematch of last year’s Grand Prix bronze medal match.
Lee Jaeyong had her best match of the tournament to lift South Korea to victory. In the other match, Belgium got their 2nd win – against the Dominican Republic.
Chinese middle blocker Xinyue Yuan scored 15 points and hit 83% to lead China over Belgium.
Di Yao (above), with 10 international caps for China, is a veritable veteran.