VNL: US evacuates China to stay undefeated in Manila, Belgium flees Poland

Team USA celebrates during the VNL Week 2 match against China in Manila.

Team USA celebrates during the VNL Week 2 match against China in Manila. – FIVB photo

MANILA, Philippines – Katherine Plummer and Kelsey Robinson beat China 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 to stay unbeaten in the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Quiz City leg at Smart Araneta on Saturday night. Coliseum.

Plummer scored 20 points, including two Service S and six digs and five receptions, while Robinson contributed 15 points, six digs and five receptions.

The defending champions secured their second win with six wins in seven games.

“I think it’s great. They let us down a bit in the third set but we’re just pushing and fighting,” Plumer said.

“This is the first two weeks this group has been together. We’re working on things every single day and we’re starting to feel more integrated and we’re getting a lot of success, ”he added.

The team is trying to sweep USA Week 2 against Southeast Asian Games champions Thailand at 3pm on Sunday.

Li Ying led China with 13 points, seven receptions and six digs, while Gong Jiangyu added 11 points and their team went down 5-2.

The Chinese will face the undefeated leader Japan in the final match of the Quiz City leg at 6 pm.

Brit Herbots of Poland

Brit Herbots of Belgium. – FIVB photo

Meanwhile, Brit Herbots exploded with 33 points as Belgium held Poland to 25-20, 15-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13 for their first win in the Philippine leg.

Marles Jansens also had five blocks with 12 points for Belgium, which boosted his record to 2-5 and kept alive his hopes of a final round in Ankara next month and, more importantly, deportation.

“I know it’s my role in the team so I know I’ve got a lot of balls and of course scoring is important. The most important thing is that we really played as a team, “Herbots said.” It was a really tough fight and I’m happy with two points. “

“It simply came to our notice then. There are many games, mentally and physically. It’s easy to come back smiling after a win. It was an inspiration for our team, “he added.

Belgium, which will face Bulgaria at 11am on Sunday, is hoping to move forward despite facing all sorts of adversity before the start of the tournament.

“The most important thing is to stay in VNL. The top eight this season could be tough because we’ve brought some new players to the team, found new things. We’re working really hard, we’re fighting really hard. It has never been easier. Let’s hope for more points tomorrow, “said Herbots.

“We are not thinking about the top eight. We are really thinking of staying in VNL now. We love this tournament. It’s a really high-level performance tournament. The most important thing is to fight, stay here and stay here for the next season. “

Poland leaned on Martina Lukasic and Martina Cesariansk, who finished with 25 and 21 points, respectively. The Poles finished the Quiz City leg with an equal 4-4 record.

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