France Tops Japan to Move Atop Pool 1, Iran Wins in Sweep

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 26th, 2018 | Asian Volleyball, Australian volleyball, European volleyball, FIVB Nations League - Men, International Volleyball, News


  • May 25-27, 2018
  • Kindarena, Rouen, France
  • Time Zone: GMT + 2 (US Eastern Time +6)
  • World Rankings: #8 Iran, #9 France, #12 Japan, #16 Australia
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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 Australia  1–3  Japan 18–25 15–25 25–23 17–25 75–98 P2 P3
25 May 20:00 France  3–1  Iran 25–20 24–26 25–20 25–17 99–83 P2 P3
26 May 17:00 Australia  0–3  Iran 23–25 23–25 21–25 67–75 P2 P3
26 May 20:00 France  3–1  Japan 25–16 20–25 25–20 25–22 95–83

Iran def. Australia 3-0

  • Iran defeated Australia 25-23, 25-23, 25-21
  • Iran moved to 1-1 (3 points); Australia moved to 0-2 (0 points)

Lincoln Williams scored a match-high 18 points, but it was not enough to help Australia overcome 24 errors in a 3-0 loss to Iran.

The Iranians scored 24 points on Aussie miscues, while also besting their foes 42-40 in kills and 5-4 in blocks. Both teams served up five aces. Iran limited its errors to 15.

Ali Shafiei took the reins for Iran with an all-around effort including 12 kills, three blocks and two aces. Four other players added six or more kills: Seyed Eraghi (8), Mortez Sharifi (7), Milad Ghara (6) and Amir Ghafour (6). Eraghi rounded out his 11 point effort with two aces and a block.

Williams downed a match-leading 17 kills and added an ace, while Luke Smith also scored in double-digits (12) with nine kills, two aces and a block. Beau Graham was next on the team with six points, including a team-high two blocks.

Iran led 9-5 in Set 1, only to see Australia ride Williams’ arm to a 14-12 advantage. However, in the end, the Iranians stole away the 25-23 win.

Set 2 was a back and forth battle with ties at 6 and 14. A pair of Williams putaways gave the Aussies a two-point edge, but again they could not hold on, falling 25-23 on a Shafiei putaway.

Iran took the early lead in Set 3 (6-4) and boasted a 13-10 advantage midway through before cruising to a 24-21 victory.


France def. Japan 3-1

  • France defeated Japan 25-16, 20-25, 25-20, 25-22
  • France moved to 2-0 (6 points); Japan moved to 1-1 (3 points)

Japan gave away 28 points on errors and trailed France at the net in kills and blocks in a four-set loss.

The French boasted a 54-51 lead in kills and a 10-6 advantage in blocks, plus earned eight extra points on miscues (28-20) in the win. Both teams served up three aces.

Kevin Tillie led a trio of double-digit scorers for France, posting 17 points (14 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace). Stephen Boyer was right behind with 15 points (13 kills, 2 blocks) and Jonas Aguenier followed with 13 (10 kills, 3 blocks).

Yuji Nishida and Naoya Takano led the Japanese charge with 15 and 11 points respectively. Nishida notched a team-high 13 kills and two blocks, while Takano turned in eight kills, two aces and a block. Issei Otake added nine points, all on kills.

France jumped ahead 5-1 in Set 1 and upped its advantage to eight points midway through at 16-8 as Boyer and Tillie excelled offensively. Japan rallied, but fell short in a 25-16 score.

The Japanese turned the tables in Set 2, scoring five of the first six points. The teams were level at 6, but Japan countered to grab a four-point lead at 16-12. France was within three at 22-19, but Boyer proved his humanity with a serve into the net to give Japan the 25-20 victory.

It was just a one-point game at 12-11 in Set 2, but the French came through in front of their home crowd to clinch it 25-20 on a Tillie putaway.

France led 10-4 in Set 4 as Barthelemy Chinenyeze got in on the offensive action. In the end, it was a Japanese miscue the sealed the match at 25-22.

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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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