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

The US team celebrates during its match against China in VNL Week 2 in Manila. –FIVB PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Catherine Plummer and Kelsey Robinson beat the United States 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 in the victory over China to remain undefeated in the Volleyball League of Nations (VNL) match in Quezon City on Saturday night. Smart Araneta Colosseum.

Plumer opened 20 points, including two aces on serve, and had six digs and five assists, while Robinson contributed 15 points, six dikes and five assists.

The defending champion won his sixth victory in seven games to strengthen control over the second-placed.

“I think it’s great. “They lost us a little bit in the third set, but we just kept pushing and fighting,” Plummer said.

“These are the first two weeks this group has been together. We work on things every day and we start to feel more cohesive and we achieve a lot of success, “she added.

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

Li Yingying led China with 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds, while Gong Xiangyu added 11 points to continue with eight digs as their team fell to 5-2.

The Chinese will face the undefeated leader Japan in the final match of the match of Quezon City at 19:00

Brit Herbots from Poland

Brit Herbots from Belgium. –FIVB PHOTO

Meanwhile, Britt Herbots exploded with 33 points after Belgium survived Poland 25-20, 15-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13 for their first victory in the Philippine match.

Marlis Jansens also had five blocks to finish with 12 points for Belgium, which improved his record to 2-5 and kept his hopes in the last round in Ankara next month, and more importantly, he avoided relegation.

“I know this is my role in the team, so I know I get a lot of balls and it’s important to score, of course. “The most important thing is that we really played as a team,” said Herbots. “It was a really tough battle and I’m happy with both points.”

“It’s really important because the week is really difficult. Mentally, physically there are many games. After a victory, it is easier to return with a smile. It was a boost for our team, “she added.

Belgium, which will face Bulgaria at 11 am on Sunday, hopes to continue despite all the great chances they encountered before the start of the tournament.

“The most important thing is to stay in VNL. The top eight may be difficult this season because we brought new players to the team, we found new things. We work very hard, we fight a lot. So far it has not been easy. Let’s hope for more points tomorrow, “said Herbots.

“We don’t think about the top eight. We really plan to stay at VNL now. We love this tournament. This is a really high level tournament. The most important thing is to fight, stay here and be here next season. “

Poland bet on Martina Lukasik and Martina Chirnyanska, who finished with 25 and 21 points respectively. The Pole finished the match in Quezon City with a draw 4-4.

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