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Bergmann Continues VNL Competition with Brazil

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech volleyball all-American Julia Bergmann has joined Brazil’s national volleyball team for summer competition, currently competing in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. The Yellow Jacket standout has continued to make an impact internationally at the game’s highest level, starting for Brazil as one of the top producers on the squad and one of just two active NCAA players throughout the VNL encompassed of 16 countries.

Following a successful first week of competition, Bergmann was a key contributor once more as Brazil took on Turkey on June 16. The rising star aided her squad to a 3-1 win as she totaled eight kills and four digs while leading the team on serve receive (14).

“Whoever plays alongside Gabi will always be the target of the opponent’s serve,” said Bergmann following the match. “I knew they were going to focus on me from the moment I walked in, but I was prepared for that. That’s what I always train. Today’s game was very good. This was the first time we played with the team that was on the court most of the time. Today was a great debut, but we still have a lot of championship ahead of us.”

The all-American followed with eight more kills and a pair of digs while standing firm on serve receive once more against Italy on June 18, although Brazil came up short, falling 3-1.

Julia Bergmann - Brazil National Team

FIVB Volleyball Nations League - Week 2

Amongst the VNL, Bergmann has shined on serve receive as she’s currently second among all nations with 100 successful receptions. Along with her top mark across the league, the vaunted outside hitter owns 63 points, including 58 kills, and 40 digs throughout the competition. Her Brazilian squad is currently third in the league with six wins and 18 points in eight matches.

Brazil returns to action this week in Sofia, Bulgaria, beginning with a match against China on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Brazil will then take on Korea on Thursday at 1 p.m., followed by a matchup with Bulgaria on Friday at 1 p.m. and a final contest against Thailand on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. to wrap up the week. The VNL’s full schedule, watch links, statistics and other pertinent information are available here.

The VNL brings together the 16 best volleyball teams on the planet. In 2022, the competition will be held in two phases. The first has three steps. In each, teams are divided into two groups and each plays four times. The groups and matches for each week are defined by drawing lots. The best eight of this phase advance to the final phase, which takes place July 13-17 in Ankara, Turkey.

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