Serbia knew that, as the reigning world champions, they need to show more energy and stamina compared to the first duel in the second week against the USA. So, they did it against the most pleasant surprise of this year’s edition of a tournament, the Dominican Republic, in Pool 5 in Conegliano, Italy: 3-1 (25-17, 18-25, 25-12, 25-19). Serbia destroyed the reception of the rivals from a service line, making 15 aces compared to 5 from the Dominica Republic. Jelena Blagojević stood out in this element with 5 aces. Ana Bjelica was Serbia’s most prolific player with 24 points, while Maja Aleksić set up 5 kill blocks. Brayelin Martínez notched 16 points for the losing side.
One unbeaten run had to be interrupted – and it was Italy’s. The USA beat the “Azzurri“ in front of their fans in Conegliano to make it 5 out of 5 in the Nations League. In the same time, the United States created the longest unbeaten start in the tournament’s history, overtaking the one from the Netherlands in 2018 (4-0) who came to an end exactly with the USA’s victory. Thus, the Americans have beat the first and second-placed teams from the last FIVB World Championships in the first two days of the second weekend. Italy was deprived of help from Paola Egonu today, who got a fever and stayed in her hotel room. Madison Kingdon Rishel top-scored for the USA with 19 points. Indre Sorokaite poured in 22 for Italy.
2019 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League, Week 2 – Day 2:
Pool 5 (Conegliano, Italy):
Serbia – Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-17, 18-25, 25-12, 25-19)
USA – Italy 3-2 (25-22, 17-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-11)
Pool 6 (Ankara, Turkey):
Japan – Russia 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 26-24)
Germany – Turkey 0-3 (21-25, 16-25, 15-25)
Pool 7 (Macau, China):
South Korea – Thailand 1-3 (21-25, 25-19, 19-25, 20-25)
China – Belgium 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-14)
Pool 8 (Apeldoorn, Netherlands):
Poland – Brazil 3-2 (25-20, 25-22, 26-28, 18-25, 15-9)
Netherlands – Bulgaria 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19)
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