June 2, 2023

ANKARA – Upon three weeks of competition, which included a total of 96 matches and 16 of the best teams in the world, it is now time for the top eight teams to engage in the ultimate showdown and determine the medalists of the fourth edition of the women’s Volleyball Nations League.

This competition took place over the course of three weeks. The Finals are scheduled to take place in Ankara this week, from July 13 through 17, in a straightforward knockout format, with quarterfinals, semifinals, and medal matches. There will be two matches played each day, beginning at 15:00 and 18:30 local time (12:00 and 15:30 GMT), over the course of four days of competition.

The quarterfinal match between Brazil and Japan will kick off the Finals in Turkey’s capital city on Wednesday. When these two teams competed against one other in the semifinals of the tournament the previous year, Brazil emerged victorious in four sets and went on to win the silver medals, while Japan finished in fourth place.

At the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, the South American athletes also won the silver medal. They concluded the first stage of the competition in second place with a record of 10-2 wins to 2 losses and 29 points. Ana Carolina Da Silva, who is the best blocker in this year’s VNL so far, was a member of this team. With a record of 8-4 and 25, Japan finished in fifth place overall.

The defending Olympic champions will face off against the defending world champions in the second quarterfinal of the competition. While the United States of America are the current holders of the VNL title, Serbia will be looking to advance to their first semifinal in the league. The Americans finished the Preliminary Phase with 11 wins, one loss, and 32 points, which allowed them to advance to the Finals. In contrast, the silver medalists from the CEV European Championship from the previous year finished sixth with 8 wins, four losses, and 23 points.

Thursday will be the day for the other two quarterfinal matches to take place. Italy, who won the 2021 EuroVolley tournament, will play China, who won the bronze medal at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball World Championship and won the first two editions of the Volleyball National League in 2018 and 2019.

First up, Italy will play China. The Italians have never been able to crack the top four teams in the VNL, in contrast to their opponents from Asia. They come into Ankara having finished the Preliminary Phase with a record of 10-2 and 29 points, which places them in third place. The Chinese team finished in fourth place with scores of 8-4 and 26.

The encounter between Thailand and the host nation of the Finals, Türkiye, will decide who advances to the last semifinal. After winning silver in 2018 and bronze in 2021, the team coached by Giovanni Guidetti has made it to the semifinals of every previous edition of the VNL.

This year, they will try to win gold, which would be their third medal overall in the championship. The 2021 Asian Championship silver medallists and winners of this year’s Southeast Asian Games Thailand, who made it to the VNL Finals for the first time after finishing the Preliminary Phase in eighth place on 5-7 and 15, led by the tournament’s best setter so far Pornpun Guedpard, will play the 2021 EuroVolley 2021 bronze medallists. The EuroVolley 2021 bronze medallists won seven of their 12 matches and 23 points to place seventh at the end of the first

After a day off on Friday, the competition will resume on Saturday with the two semifinals.

The winners of the quarterfinal matchup between Türkiye and Thailand and the winners of the quarterfinal matchup between Italy and China will face off against each other in the semifinals. The winner of the quarterfinal match between the United States of America and Serbia will face off against the victor of the match between Brazil and Japan.

The schedule for Sunday will begin with the match to determine the bronze medalists, and it will end with the championship match to identify the winners of the VNL 2022.

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