Yuji Nishida downed 18 kills, part of a team-best 21 point effort, to lead five double-digit scorers in a 3-1 win for Japan and regional foe Iran, while Stephen Boyer crushed 16 kills and led all scorers with 18 points as France overpowered Australia in a Sunday sweep.
Bulgaria and Czech Republic are the lone undefeated nations in the Golden League as half of pool play has concluded at the Women’s European Volleyball League.
Scandicci’s offseason haul includes adding Adenizia da Silva and Jovana Stevanovic at the middle, in addition to the starting Italian setter (above).
Lauren Carlini (center) comes from Scandicci, who placed 2nd behind her new club Igor Novara in last year’s Serie A.
Argentina put up a good fight, winning the first set despite resting middle blocker Pablo Crer and outside hitter Ezequiel Palacios for the entire match, but ran out of gas in the end against a strong Bulgarian block.
TJ DeFalco (above) got his first start of the 2018 Volleyball Nations League on Sunday in the United States’ 3-0 win over China.
The suspension was first set in December of 2016, and its lifting coincides with the announcement of a professional volleyball league in India.
The United States staved off the Chinese attack throughout the match, including a set-point attempt in Set 2, en route to its third win of Volleyball Nations League play.
After spending 8 years in Germany, Paul Carroll will replace Antonin Rouzier in Russia. The Australian will be the new opposite at Yenisei Krasnoyarsk.
Class of 2020 middle blocker Justyus Jackson has committed to Tulsa.