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.
Italy bested the Dominican Republic in all phases of the game in an important sweep to keep Italy in the VNL Final Six race with its fifth straight win. The Netherlands rallied from two sets down to keep pace in the Final Six race, with help from 19 blocks and 33 Serbian miscues.
Serbia bounced back from its five-set loss to Italy with a quick sweep of the Dominican Republic on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Italians continued their heart-stopping efforts with a second-straight, five-set win, this time over the Netherlands.
Italy overpowered Serbia offensively with help from a 28 points effort by young star Paola Egonu in a five-set win on Tuesday, the Italians third straight VNL victory, while the Netherlands took advantage of 20 Dominican Republic miscues in a home sweep.
Louisa Lippman came through for Germany in a big way, dropping 29 points to pace the team in a four-set win over the Dominican Republic on Thursday.
Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and Kim Hill led the way for the United States, topping a group of four double-digit scorers in a sweep of the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.
Yonkaira Pena Isabel, Brayelin Martinez and Lisvel Mejia turned in double-digit scoring efforts to lift the Dominican Republic past Thailand on Tuesday to open week 3 of VNL play.
Brazil, Turkey combined for 29 blocks in sweeps of the Dominican Republic and Argentina to close out Pool 8 action in Ankara, Turkey on Thursday.