2o18 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League – Week 4
- June 5th-7th, 2018
Week 4 started with a bang as fourth ranked Brazil upset top ranked China in five sets, No. 7 Italy bested third-ranked Serbia in five sets and 12th-ranked Turkey continued its hot tournament with a four-set win over No. 6 Japan.
The United States won its record eighth straight world level match via sweep, besting its previous high mark of seven straight sweeps from 1978-81, to keep its spot atop the VNL standings at 9-1 with 28 points.
Meanwhile the Netherlands held home court to remain in the Top 5 at 8-2.
Standout efforts included a 34-point haul by China’s Zhu Ting and 28-point days by Germany’s Louisa Lippmann and Italy’s Paola Egonu. South Korea’s Jin Yang Hyo (21) and Kim Yeon Koung (20) and Poland’s Malwina Smarzek (20) also raked in 20 or more points.
Here is how the results shook out.
The day’s results also put Final Six berths out of reach for Thailand and Belgium. Mathematically, there are only 15 points possible left for each team with five matches to play. Thailand and Belgium check in with six points apiece at 2-8, while the current fifth-place team, Turkey, boasts 22 points.