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VNL W: Belgium rejects China and Zhang Changning’s 37 points, Russia downs Dominicans in 5 sets

by WoV

The Belgium National Team is in great shape in the 2021 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League in the Rimini bubble, Italy.

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Belgium has achieved a huge win at the start of the third week of the 2021 Women’s VNL. The ‘Yellow Tigers’ beat reigning Olympic champion China (not with the best roster) and recorded their fourth win in a row in the competition: 3-2 (17-25, 27-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-8). The win of Belgium is even more noteworthy given it was made without its starting opposite hitter Kaja Grobelna, who’s injured. Britt Herbots was once again on a high level for the ‘Yellow Tigers’, scoring 28 points while Marlies Janssens was absolutely superb in blocking (9). Offensively, China’s Zhang Changning highlighted the match, tallying 37 points.

On the wings of Nataliya Goncharova (31 points) and Irina Koroleva (4 blocks), Russia prevailed in an exhausting five-set battle against the Dominican Republic and improved to 4-3 in the VNL.

Thanks to a massive team’s blocking display (14), in which Eda Erdem Dündar stood out (5), Turkey broke surprisingly tough resistance of Thailand in four sets to stay undefeated in the tournament. The team coached by Giovanni Guidetti showed its full power in the fourth set in which they conceded a single-digit number of points. Meryem Boz was Turkey’s top scorer today with 24 points.

2021 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League – Day 7 (Week 3):

China – Belgium 2-3 (25-17, 25-27, 25-23, 21-25, 8-15)

Japan – Netherlands 0-3 (22-25, 20-25, 23-25)

Turkey – Thailand 3-1 (23-25, 25-12, 25-20, 25-9)

Dominican Republic – Russia 2-3 (18-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22, 8-15)

Brazil vs Serbia, 4 p.m. CET

Canada vs Poland, 6:15 p.m. CET

Italy vs South Korea, 7 p.m. CET

Germany vs USA, 9 p.m. CET


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