2018 FIVB MEN’S VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE – WEEK 1/POOL 2
- May 25-27, 2018
- Beilun Gymnasium; Ningbo, China
- Time Zone: UTC + (US Eastern Time +12)
- World Rankings: #2 United States, #7 Argentina, #14 Bulgaria, #20 China
|Date||Time||Score||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Set 5||Total||Report|
|25 May||16:00||Argentina||2–3||United States||27–25||26–24||24–26||21–25||10–15||108–115||P2 P3|
|25 May||19:30||China||2–3||Bulgaria||18–25||25–18||25–19||17–25||11–15||96–102||P2 P3|
|26 May||16:00||Bulgaria||1–3||United States||19–25||25–22||19–25||20–25||83–97||P2 P3|
China def. Argentina 3-0
- China defeated Argentina 25-22, 25-21, 25-18
- China moved to 1-1 (4 points); Argentina moved to 0-2 (1 point)
Chuan Jiang starred for China, racking up 23 points, as Argentina struggled to find its footing in a shocking sweep on Saturday.
Jiang piled up 20 kills, two blocks and an ace to guide China to victory. Daoshuai Ji (9) and Shuhan Rao (8) were next in scoring for the team. Ji added six kills, two blocks and an ace, while Rao notched five putaways and added a team-best three blocks. Haixiang Du also chipped in five kills.
Tomas Lopez was the top scorer for Argentina with 10 points. Ezequiel Palacios and Bruno Lima followed with nine and eight points respectively. Lopez and Palacios notched nine kills apiece, while Lima added eight in limited action. The up and coming star acted as a substitute in sets 1 and 2 before starting the final stanza.
China held the advantage in kills (41-37), blocks (9-2) and digs (23-18), while both teams managed two aces.
Chuan, who has starred in both of China’s VNL matches including 17 points in the loss to Bulgaria on Friday, will lead his team against the United States to wrap up Week 1 on Sunday.