Turkey have suffered the first defeat so far in Volleyball Nations League, losing to Dominican Republic. Russia managed to beat Thailand in four sets.
Russia claimed a four-set victory 3-1 (25-14, 18-25, 25-14, 25-20) against Thailand at the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Monday.
Young Russian Arina Fedorovtseva was the top scorer of the game with 20 points. Pleumjit Thinkaow scored 19 for the Thai team.
“It was a bit difficult to play against Thailand. They have a very well-organized defense and sometimes we were not able to kill the spike. But we managed to improve our game and get a win, so we are very satisfied. In the second set we lost our concentration, but then in the third we proved our strength. I am absolutely sure that tomorrow’s match will be very difficult, but we will be well-prepared,” says Polina Matveeva, the Russian player.
The Dominican Republic rebounded from the previous day’s loss to Belgium to stun previously undefeated Turkey in four sets.
Yonkaira Pena was the top scorer of the game with 20 points, while Tugba Senoglu had 13 in the jersey of the Turkish national team.
“I feel very happy and I’m very proud of my team. We really fought today. We were sad after yesterday’s defeat, but we knew that if we won today we would get our confidence back. Our teamwork was a key to this victory, teamwork is key to win in every match. We have very good players, but when we play together and we play as happy as we are then our victory is almost a sure thing,” says Niverka Marte (Dominican Republic).
FIVB women’s Volleyball Nations League, day 8:
Russia – Thailand 3-1 (25-14, 18-25, 25-14, 25-20)
Turkey – Dominican Republic 1-3 (22-25, 21-25, 25-23, 17-25)
Canada – Japan 0-3 (16-25, 16-25, 15-25)
China – Serbia 1-3 (22-25, 18-25, 25-20, 22-25)
South Korea – USA 0-3 (16-25, 12-25, 15-25)
Poland – The Netherlands, in progress
Germany – Italy, in progress
Belgium – Brazil 21:00 CET