Pools Are Set for VNL Final Six, USA Leads Pool B

After 120 matches in round robin play, the Volleyball Nations League Final Six is set and the pools for Nanjing from June 27-29 are set.

By virtue of being the host team, China is the top seed in Pool A. With the top spot in the standings after round robin play, the United States will be the top seed in Pool B.

Rounding out the top five in the standings were Serbia, Brazil, Netherlands and Turkey.

The Final Six will be seeding according to the serpentine system, putting Serbia and Turkey in the pool with the United States. The two dealt the Americans their lone losses of the tournament.

Joining China in Pool A are Brazil and the Netherlands.

The Americans posted a 13-2 mark, amassing 40 points. Serbia, Brazil and the Netherlands followed at 12-3, but turned in 37, 35 and 34 points respectively.

Turkey went 11-4 and accumulated 35 points.

Three points were awarded for a win in three or four sets. A five-set win brought two points, while a five-set loss still earned a team one point.

Team USA, Serbia, the Netherlands and Turkey all ended the round-robin action with victories.

The Americans crushed Argentina to end on a two-match win streak. Serbia wrapped things up with three-straight wins, including one over the USA to kick off the final week of play, and a final sweep of South Korea. The Dutch ended on a four-match win streak, including a four-set win over Germany on Thursday. Turkey took out World No. 1 China to close out Week 5 on a two-match win streak.

In other Thursday action, Italy knocked off Brazil in five sets to drop the Brazilians into third place in the standings.

Russia also went the distance, besting Japan.

The Dominican Republic snapped a seven-match losing skid with a four-set win over Poland.

Here’s a look at Thursday’s results.

  • Pool 17 Recap
  • Pool 18 Recap 
  • Pool 19 Recap
  • Pool 20 Recap: Serbia Recap, USA Recap

As the last place team, Argentina must now participate in a playoff match with the Challenger Cup winners to fight to be a part of the 2019 VNL field. The Challenger Cup is set for June 20-24 in Lima, Peru.

 

Schedule

Pool A

Date Local Time Eastern Time (USA) Home Visitor
June 27. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 a.m. China Netherlands
June 28. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 a.m. Brazil Netherlands
June 29. 8:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. China Brazil

 

Pool B

Date Local Time Eastern Time (USA) Home Visitor
June 27. 3 p.m. 3 a.m. USA Turkey
June 28. 3 p.m. 3 a.m. Serbia Turkey
June 29. 3 p.m. 3 a.m. USA Serbia

 

Standings

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1 United States 13 2 40 42 8 5.250 1227 997 1.231
2 Serbia 12 3 37 41 15 2.733 1324 1142 1.159
3 Brazil 12 3 35 40 20 2.000 1376 1229 1.120
4 Netherlands 12 3 34 39 18 2.167 1327 1176 1.128
5 Turkey 11 4 35 40 19 2.105 1351 1244 1.086
6 Italy 10 5 29 34 22 1.545 1230 1136 1.083
7 Russia 8 7 23 26 29 0.897 1194 1198 0.997
8 Poland 8 7 22 29 29 1.000 1298 1211 1.072
9 China 7 8 22 29 27 1.074 1237 1178 1.050
10 Japan 7 8 20 27 31 0.871 1209 1273 0.950
11 Germany 5 10 15 23 35 0.657 1220 1315 0.928
12 South Korea 5 10 14 16 34 0.471 1022 1141 0.896
13 Belgium 4 11 12 18 36 0.500 1115 1250 0.892
14 Dominican Republic 3 12 12 17 37 0.459 1072 1245 0.861
15 Thailand 2 13 7 17 41 0.415 1218 1355 0.899
16 Argentina 1 14 3 5 42 0.119 830 1161 0.715

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