The prospect Jordan Thompson steered the United States to a 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 20-25, 25-21) win over Brazil in Pool B in the Final Six of the 2019 VNL, in Nanjing, China, with both teams assuring a spot in the semifinals prior to the encounter. The North Americans took a little revenge on the “Seleção” for a defeat in the Preliminary Round (3-1). With the victory, the USA claimed the top spot in the pool and made sure they will play the semis against the second-placed side from Pool A (China or Italy). Turkey secured No.1 in this pool.
A 22-year-old opposite hitter Thompson became the first U.S. player to score 30 points or more in a single VNL match. The University of Cincinnati Bearcats member (senior year) tallied 33 and is the second player to make 30+ during the Final Six after Poland’s Malwina Smarzek scored 33 yesterday. Tori Dixon made her contribution to the win with 5 kill blocks. Lorenne Teixeira stood out for Brazil with 21 points.
2019 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League, Final Six – Day 3:
China vs. Italy (13:30 C.E.T.)
USA – Brazil 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 20-25, 25-21)
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