Paola Egonu piled up a tournament scoring record 45 points (39 kills, 5 aces and a block) and Italy bested China in kills and aces in a five-set win to earn its first World Championships finals berth since 2002.
Zhu Ting led the way as China rallied for a 5-set win over the United States to open Final Six play at the World Championships leaving the Americans in a must-win situation on Monday against the Netherlands.
The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled through Turkey in a VNL Finals rematch, as they are one of 4 still up for a top 3 spot in Pool F.
The loss of one star, plus the return of another, saw Thailand into the gold medal match for the first time in tournament history.
If Xu is able to play at the 2018 World Championships, it will provide China with badly-needed depth at middle blocker.
Zhang missed the Nations League, but is included on China’s roster for the Asian Games. So too is Yi Lingling, though she’s been moved to a different position.
China and the United States will battle for a spot in the finals against either Brazil or Turkey at the 2018 Volleyball Nations League.
The U.S. Women’s National Team swept Serbia to move on to the semifinals with Turkey, Brazil & China in the 2018 Volleyball Nations League.
Michelle Bartsch-Hackley racked up a match-high 18 points to guide the United States to a sweep of host China, its 10th straight win in Volleyball Nations League play.
Nine blocks and 17 Russian miscues helped China to a home sweep of Russia on Wednesday.