Poles and Japanese met on the last day of the VNL Preliminary Phase, in Pasay City, the Philippines, when both teams were already guaranteed in the Finals, and the Europeans won in straight sets. Poland won four of the last encounters between the teams, dropping only a friendly match in Aichi ahead of the start of the VNL 2023.
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Last year’s runners-up the United States had the biggest challenge among all four semifinalists in the quarterfinal round as the Americans faced defending champions France in a rematch of last year’s final and secured a five-set victory.
After taking silver in 2019 and 2022 and bronze in 2018, the Americans were the best team in the Preliminary Phase and want to celebrate their first VNL title.
“We couldn’t have asked for anything better in the quarterfinals,” team captain and setter Micah Christenson reflected. “We got tested and came out on top, so that prepared us for more important and intense matches, like the semifinals. We’re excited for a great weekend of volleyball.”