Errors Aid Italy, Brazil in #VNL Opening Day Pool 3 Victories

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 25th, 2018 | Brazilian Volleyball, European volleyball, FIVB Nations League - Men, International Volleyball, News, South American Volleyball


  • May 25-27, 2018
  • Kraljevo Sports Hall, Kraljevo, Serbia (Capacity: 3,331)
  • Time Zone: GMT + 2 (US Eastern Time +6)
  • World Rankings: #1 Brazil, #4 Italy, #10 Germany, #11 Serbia
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  • Schedule/Results
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
25 May 17:00 Germany  1–3  Italy 18–25 19–25 25–23 20–25 82–98 P2 P3
25 May 20:00 Serbia  0–3  Brazil 22–25 22–25 24–26 68–76

Italy def. Germany 3-1

  • Italy defeated Germany 25-18, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20
  • Italy moved to 1-0 (3 points); Germany moved to 0-1 (0 points)

Germany could not get past its 35 team errors or a 20-point scoring effort by Ivan Zaytsev, falling to Italy in four sets in Friday’s Volleyball Nations League opener.

Zaytsev piled up a match-high 18 kills and two aces in the winning effort for Italy. He had offensive help from Osmany Juantorena and Simone Anzani, who posted 10 kills apiece. Enrico Cester and Oleg Antonov added eight points eight, with Antonov chipping in six kills and Cester serving up three of the team’s eight aces. Simone Giannelli was the team’s top blocker with three stuffs.

Simon Hirsch (13), Moritz Reichert (12) and Marcus Bohme (11) paced the German attack. Hirsch turned in a team-best 13 kills, while Reichert added 11 putaways and Bohme supplied seven kills and a team-high four blocks. Tobias Krick and Christian Fromm posted six putdowns each.

The Germans boasted a slim 49-48 lead in kills, but trailed Italy in aces (8-5) and blocks (7-6) and gave away 35 points on miscues (to 22 for the Italian side).

Up 16-10 in Set 1 behind Zaytsev’s offensive prowess, all but the put the stanza out of reach for the Germans.

Set 2 was a much closer affair with Italy boasting just a two-point lead at 12-10 midway through. Two Zaytsev aces down the stretch closed out the 25-19 victory.

A 16-14 lead was not enough of a safety net for the Italians in Set 3 as Germany chipped away, tying it up at 22 all before capturing the win on back-to-back errors.

Germany carried the momentum to a 5-2 advantage in Set 4, but could not hang on as Italy surged ahead 11-8 and led by as many as five at 16-11 and 20-15 before closing out the match on the final German miscue.


Brazil def. Serbia 3-0

  • Brazil defeated 25-22, 25-22, 26-24
  • Brazil moved to 1-0 (3 points); Serbia moved to 0-1 (0 points)

Serbia held its own offensively and from the service line, but could not get around the Brazilian block or get out of its own way (28 errors).

The Olympic champions got nine extra points on errors (28-19) and boasted a 10-5 lead in blocks to overcome the Serbian offense (36-32 in kills) and serve (8-6).

Wallace De Souza was the top scorer in the match, putting together a 17-point effort for Brazil, combining 11 kills, a team-high five blocks and an ace. Mauricio Silva scored 13 points, notching 11 putaways and two stuffs. Next on the team were Luiz Fonteles (6) and Lucas Saatkamp (6). Fonteles accounted for four kills and a team-best two aces, while Saatkamp turned in four kills, a block and an ace.

Aleksandar Atanasijevic (15), Marko Ivovic (11) and Srecko Lisinac (10) posted double-digit scoring effort to pace Serbia. Atanasijevic led all hitters with 13 kills, while Ivovic and Lisinac chipped in nine and six respectively. Atanasijevic and Ivovic also served up two aces apiece, while Lisinac led the team’s block with three stuffs.

Wallace and Atanasijevic went head to head in Set 1, but in the end Serbia committed too many errors to threaten Brazil in a 25-22 loss.

It was knotted at 15-all in Set 2 before Brazil took control, eventually grabbing the 25-22 win on a service error.

The Serbs were within two several times in Set 3, last at 22-20, but could not break through, falling 26-24

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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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