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Anderson Leads USA to Sweep of Italy, 3rd Place in VNL Prelims

It was far from a clean game, but the United States got three points with a sweep of Italy in its VNL finale to claim third place in the standings through the preliminary round.

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Hermannova/Slukova Earn Czechs Home Gold at Ostrava Four Star

Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about, claiming the Ostrava Four Star title in the Czech Republic. Spain’s Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira earned gold with a tiebreak win over Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak.

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France Secures Top Spot in VNL Standings with Sweep of Russia

France edged past an error-riddled Russian side for a sweep and the top spot on the VNL standings register heading into the Final Six.

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Bulgaria, Iran End VNL Play With Five-Set Victories

Rozalin Penchev and Valentin Bratoev turned in 21 points apiece to lead the way for Bulgaria in a final five-set victory. Thirty-one errors were too much for Germany to overcome against host Iran, which ended its three-match homestand with a five-set win.

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Canada Closes Out VNL with Sweep; Serbia Wins Fifth Straight

Graham Vigrass turned in a match-high 18 points and the Canadians strong-armed Japan in blocks and aces in a sweep to round out their VNL campaign. Top scorer Drazen Luburic poured in 28 points and Serbia owned the net in a four-set win over host China on Sunday.

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Casebeer/Priddy, Dowdy/Pollock Join Top 3 Seeds in AVP Seattle Semis

Contenders Jeremy Casebeer/Reid Priddy and Amanda Dowdy/Irene Pollock made it through to the semifinals of the AVP Seattle Open on Saturday.

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Two Czech Sides Among Semifinalists at Ostrava Four Star

The semifinals are set for the Ostrava Four Star and the home crowd with have one team to cheer for on both the men’s and women’s sides in Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner and Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova.

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Serbia, Brazil Move Into VNL Final Six, Poland/Italy Waiting

Five of the six spots in the Final Six are booked as Brazil and Serbia claimed their tickets to France with wins on Saturday.

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Italy Keeps #VNL Final Six Hopes Alive with Sweep of France

Italy put up 15 blocks and star Ivan Zaytsev chalked up a match-high 23 points to lift the team past first place France to keep its Final Six hopes alive on Saturday.

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Germany Blanks South Korea, Iran Pleases Home Crowd with 3-1 Win

A 10-2 lead in blocks and help from 26 South Korean miscues lifted Germany to a sweep on Saturday. Meanwhile, Iran bested Bulgaria in every way in a four-set win for the home side.

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