Netherlands-Poland 2022: What you need to know about the four Phase 1 pools
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A look at the 24 participating teams, how they qualified and what to expect during the first week of the Women’s World Championship
Playing in front of their home fans in Lodz, Poland had probably their best performance at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship so far and upset reigning Olympic champions the United States in their second match of Phase 2 of the tournament on Wednesday.
The Pool F matchup that concluded the second day of Phase 2 ended with a surprisingly dominant three-set (25-23, 25-20, 25-18) triumph for the Europeans, who defeated the Americans in an international tournament for the first time since 2010.
Pool A in Arnhem: Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Puerto Rico, Cameroon, Kenya
- Co-hosts the Netherlands finished fourth at last year’s EuroVolley 2021. They were also fourth at the last World Championship in 2018 and at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. They ranked 11th at the 2022 edition of the Volleyball Nations League.
- 2018 World Championship runners-up Italy qualified for the 2022 edition as 2021 European champions.
- Italy’s 23-year-old star opposite Paola Egonu was the 2018 World Championship’s top scorer on 324 points and the EuroVolley 2021 MVP.
- Belgian outside hitter Britt Herbots topped the best scorers chart at the 2021 and 2022 editions of the VNL.
- Puerto Rico lost the 2021 NORCECA Championship final to the Dominican Republic in the tiebreaker, but qualified for Netherlands-Poland 2022 as continental runners-up.
- Cameroon are reigning African champions with three back-to-back titles in 2017, 2019 and 2021.
- Kenya represented Africa at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games last year, before picking up the African Championship silver.