Reigning world champions United States overpowered Germany 3-0 to remain on top of the standings after the opening day of the FIVB Women’s Nations League pool 11 at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium on Tuesday.
The tournament, previously known as the World Grand Prix, came to the third of its five week period and the US team still proved in splendid form, beating Germany 25–18 25-17 25-17 to rock up a 6-1 win-loss record in the tournament.
“We have had great relationships with the German staff for a number of years but also go into each match trying to show great respects to our opponents and execute our game plan. It doesn’t matter who is across the net as we try to play clean volleyball,” said American head coach Karch Kiraly.
German coach Felix Koslowski said: “They are really showing attractive volleyball. It’s s not so much fun playing against them but so much fun to watch. They are our idols.”
Next up for Germany in today’s night session are Thailand, who were playing the Dominican Republic at press time last night.
Louisa Lippmann of Germany
Heading into that match Thailand had two wins and four losses from the first six of their 15 matches and were in 12th place among the 16 teams.
“Thailand has good teamwork with good serves and defence. They really deserve to play at this level,” Koslowski said.
The competition is taking place from May to July 2018 and the final round will take place in Nanjing, China.
The 16 teams are competing in a round-robin format, with every one hosting a pool at least once.
The teams are each week divided into 4 pools of 4 and play a total of 120 matches over the five weeks.
The top five teams after the round-robin will join the hosts of the final round to compete in the knockout stages.
The relegation takes in consideration only the 4 challenger teams.
The lowest-ranked challenger team plays a promotion playoff against the Challenger Cup winners. The winners of the playoff will qualify for the next edition as a challenger team.