Argentina, France Block Out Korea, Serbia

  0 Wendy Mayer | June 10th, 2018 | Asian Volleyball, European volleyball, FIVB Nations League - Men, International Volleyball, News, South American Volleyball


  • June 8th-10th, 2018
  • L’arena du pays d’Aix, Aix-en-Provence, France (8,500 spectators)
  • Time Zone: GMT +2 (U.S. Eastern Time +6)
  • FIVB World Ranks: #7 Argentina, #9 France, #11 Serbia, #21 South Korea
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  • Schedule/Results
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
8 Jun 17:00 Argentina  1–3  Serbia 25–20 23–25 15–25 22–25 85–95 P2 Report
8 Jun 20:45 France  3–0  South Korea 25–21 25–18 25–22 75–61 P2 Report
9 Jun 18:00 France  3–1  Argentina 25–18 25–16 23–25 25–20 98–79 P2 Report
9 Jun 21:00 South Korea  0–3  Serbia 16–25 23–25 19–25 58–75 P2 Report
10 Jun 15:00 South Korea  0–3  Argentina 20–25 23–25 24–26 67–76
10 Jun 18:00 France  3–0  Serbia 31–29 25–16 25–15 81–6


Argentina def. Korea 3-0

  • Argentina defeated Korea 25-20, 25-23, 26-24
  • Argentina moved to 2-7 (8 points); South Korea moved to 0-9 (1 point)

Twelve blocks, including five by Agustin Loser, were the difference as Argentina scored its second win of VNL play with a sweep of winless South Korea.

Argentina boasted a slight 46-45 lead in kills, but made hay with a 12-4 margin in blocks. The victors also had help from 17 Korean errors in the match. On the plus side for Korea, the team served up four aces and did not allow any, while limiting its errors to 15.

A balanced attack also was key for Argentina as four players scored in double digits, each notching seven or more putaways. Cristian Poglajen was tops with 13 points (12 kills, 1 block), while Sebastian Sole (11) and Tomas Lopez (11) added 10 putaways each. Agustin Loser rounded out the top group, adding seven kills to his five-block tally.

Sung-Min Moon led all scorers with 19 points (15 kills, 2 blocks, 2 aces), while Jiseok Jung chipped in 14 points (13 kills, 1 ace). Hui-Chae Song added six putaways and a team-best two blocks.

Argentina jumped out o a 6-3 lead in Set 1 and doubled their advantage to six at 14-8 with help from Korean miscues. Jung tried to pull Korea back into it, but Poglajen ended the set at 25-20.

The momentum stayed with the Argentines in Set 2 as the team scored seven of the first 10 points. It was just a one-point game, however, at 11-10. The teams were close the rest of the way, until a Korean error gifted Argentina the 25-23 win.

Korea never gave up, battling hard in Set 3, but in the end the team came up just short, falling 26-24 on a Bruno Lima putaway.


France def. Serbia 3-0

  • France defeated Serbia 31-29, 25-16, 25-15
  • France moved to 7-2 (22 points); Serbia moved to 6-3 (15 points)

France rode 14 blocks and eight aces to a sweep of Serbia on Sunday, cementing its spot in the VNL Top 3 after three weeks of play after going 3-0 at home.

The French were a force at the net with a 14-2 lead in blocks and from the end line, piling up eight aces and allowing none. Also to their credit were 21 Serbian errors. France committed just 11 errors in the match, but trailed Serbia 46-38 in kills.

Stephen Boyer, Earvin Ngapeth and Thibault Rossard carried the load for the French with 17, 16 and 13 points respectively. Boyer downed a math-high 15 kills and added two blocks. Ngapeth followed with 10 putaways and Rossard added seven, while each managed a team-best three aces and three blocks. Nicolas Le Goff put up a team-high five blocks among his eight points.

Uros Kovacevic was part of a balanced attack for Serbia, leading the way with 11 points on 10 kills and a block. Marko Ivovic, Srecko Lisinac and Drazen Luburic were not far behind with at least seven points and six kills apiece. Ivovic and Lisinac turned in eight points each, all on kills, while Luburic notched seven points on six putaways and a block in just over two sets of action.

France scored four of the first five point of the night, but Serbia stayed within striking distance and the teams played to a 22-all tie. Boyer and Ngapeth came through in the end to lift the French to a 31-29 victory.

France flexed its muscles early in Set 2 and cruised to an 11-4 lead. The margin had increased to 10 at 20-10 as Rossard took control. Boyer issued the final blow of a 25-16 win.

Rossard continued his strong play in Set 3, lifting the French to a 10-8 lead. Serbia could not contain France’s hitters and soon trailed 16-10. Ngapeth capped the match with his final kill at 25-15.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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