After slashing through the competition over the first three stops, the Russian men were again dominant. At Stop 4, Poland were finally able to take down the undefeated Russian team 21-14 in the final. At Stop 5, Russia returned the favor, going unbeaten and defeating Poland 21-17 for another title. Stop 6 added some parity to the pool stage, with Slovakia advancing over Russia in Pool A and then eventually to the winner’s circle, defeating Poland in the final, 21-16. In the end, it was too much Russia over all six stops.
The Polish women were once again sensational through the final three stops, finishing 3rd, 1st, and 2nd. But, the big winner of the second grouping of stops was Austria. They defeated Poland, 21-13 in the final after defeating them in the pool stage as well. At Stop 5, Poland beat Germany 20-19 in the final in what was their toughest win all competition. Stop 6 was all Austria again, beating Poland 20-18 in the final.
While Poland and Russia will both qualify for Bucharest, Austria (women) and Poland (men) still have a chance to qualify as there are still two spots for the best teams in the tour standings (not yet qualified and combining all conferences).
Women Aleksandra Ziemborska (Poland) - 119 pts Marta Marcinkowska (Poland) - 88 pts Theresa Simon (Germany) - 80 pts Weronika Papiernik (Poland) - 78 pts Anna Pozdnyakova (Russia) - 65 pts
This season, the winners of each conference, the two best teams in the tour standings (not yet qualified and combining all conferences) and the Romanian hosts will participate in the U23 Nations League Final.