The gold-medal match was perhaps the best contest of the tournament, as the two best teams fought tooth and nail over five sets before the Americans registered a memorable victory.
At the VNL awards ceremony, Annie Drews picked up the tournament’s Most Valuable Player accolade following her 33-point display in the final. The 25-year-old finished on 312 points for the campaign.
“Winning MVP, I’m so thankful to be part of this team and this tournament. I am so excited in continuing to learn and I want to do a lot of good things for this team,” said Drews.
Gabriela Guimaraes and Liu Yanhan were selected as the two outside spikers, while Ana Beatriz Correa and Haleigh Washington made up the two middle blockers following their back-and-forth in the final.
Brazil’s Macris Carneriro completed the All-Star line-up as the setter following an outstanding tournament which included an average of 4.93 per set in the preliminary round.
Awards in full:
Most Valuable Player: Annie Drews