April 1, 2023

Serbia advanced to the women’s Volleyball Nations League 2022 semifinals by defeating three-time champions USA. On Wednesday, they won 3-2 (29-27, 25-23, 20-25, 20-25, 15-13).

Brazil reached the semis first. South America faced Japan in the first quarterfinal of the Finals in Ankara. After a hard battle, coach Ze Roberto’s team won 3-1 (29-27, 28-26, 20-25, 25-14) and will play Serbia on Saturday for a spot in Sunday’s final.

Kisy and middle blocker Ana Carolina Da Silva had four of the team’s 16 kill blocks, compared to Japan’s six.

A run of three consecutive points – a kill by Kisy, a brilliantly placed ace by Begmann and a kill by Gabi – gave Brazil an early 6-3 lead in the first set. However, they made far too many unforced errors (14 in the set compared to three for Japan), while the Asian team played incredibly well in defence to catch up, take control, and break away with a six-point lead as their outside and captain Sarina Koga crowned a fantastic super long rally with a spike for 20-14. ʼ Bergmann scored 24–23. Japan denied four Brazilian chances to close the set until Kisy converted the fifth one with a massive block for 29-27.

Brazil caught up at 12-12, but middle blocker Haruyo Shimamura scored on the overpass for another three-point lead at 15-12. The South Americans scored four straight to take the lead and hold it until deep into OT. A good spike by Gabi earned the first set point at 24-22, but then a spiking blunder by Gabi again levelled it at 24-24. She attacked for 25-24. After a Koga monster block, Japan refused it and grabbed a set point at 26-25

Japan started the third set with a 3-0 run, but Brazil replied with four straight to lead 4-3. After a Shimamura block, the Asian team took a 10-7 lead. . I She served after her kill put the team ahead again. Hayashi converted a free ball after her great serve to lead 22-20. Japan won the match 25-20 as Ishikawa served three consecutive aces.

Brazil’s aggressive blocking in the fourth set was devastating.

First, this match against Japan was like this: you assault one time, two times… A minute-long rally… ʼ I . Brazil’s intensity is needed in the semifinals.”

USA had 21 kill blocks and Serbia 14, in the second match. Sara Lozo, a Serbian outside hitter, led the match with 22 points, four stuffs, and three of the team’s six aces. Captains Kelsey Robinson of USA and Ana Bjelica of Serbia followed with 21 and 20 points, respectively.

An ace by middle blocker Haleigh Washington and a stroke by opposite Jordan Thompson gave USA their first two-point lead at 6-4 in the first set. . when , The Americans tied it at 20-20 and even took a point. At 24-23, outside hitter Kelsey Robinson’s beautiful tip gave the first set point. Jovana Stevanovic’s ace put Serbia ahead 25-24. Serbia won the set 29-27 after Ana Bjelica’s huge block.

The Americans rallied from the two-point deficit they had at 9-7 in the second set until an ace by setter Jordyn Poulter gave them a 10-9 advantage and Thompson followed with a kill for 11-9. . Drca’s two-hand set over the net made it 22-18. Bjelica’s block touch earned the set point at 24-22 after a successful challenge.

USA took an 11-7 lead in the third set after two swings by sub-in opposite Andrea Drews, two kill blocks by middle Chiaka Ogbogu and Robinson, and an overpass hammer by Ogbogu. Serbia led 7-6. ʼ The European team missed three set-ending opportunities before serving long to lose 25-20.

Ogbogu’s massive block capped a three-point series to give USA a 12-10 lead at set four’s technical timeout. Then Alexandra Frantti’s pipe shot made it 13-10. Frantti led the American offense to another 25-20 win, capped by Robinson’s clever tip.

Serbia led the tie-breaker 6-2 after two kill blocks and a Lozo ace. The Balkan team accelerated to 13-8. Robinson spiked out of bounds to end the game at 15-13 Serbia.

. . We never lose five, thus we always go five. It’s wonderful! We anticipated to give our best and perform well, but beating USA, the finest team in the world, is incredibly difficult.”

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