Offense was key for Serbia as the team’s 44-37 edge in kills was the difference in a sweep of Poland decided by just six points.
Canada opted not to play many of its starters and came up just short in a five-setter against first place France, which won its sixth straight VNL match. Thirty-three errors proved to be too much to overcome as Brazil fought valiantly before falling to Bulgaria in five sets for the team’s third-straight loss in Varna.
In a match that featured three deuce sets, 15 blocks were not enough to lift Argentina past Japan, which won its second five-set affair of the week. Romanas Shkulyavichus and Dmitriy Muserskiy scored in double digits to lead Russia past Germany in a sweep.
Even with Chuan Jing back in the lineup and scoring 17 points, China was no match for South Korea on Sunday as the Koreans earned their first VNL win with a home sweep. In a tight match, it was a handful of Italian errors that spelled the difference in a 3-1 Australian victory.
Bruno Rezende left the match early in a 0-3 defeat to France on Saturday. Little is known about his injury status heading into Sunday’s important match with Bulgaria.
Final Four host Sweden will take on Austria after the two won their semifinal matches at the 2018 European Volleyball Silver League.
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Croatia downed Belarus in the Finals while Latvia defeated Macedonia in the Bronze medal match on the final day of the European Volleyball League.
It was another day of shocking results in the Volleyball Nations League and as the dust settled, France, the USA and Russia are now the top three teams.
The United States left little question which was the better team in a home sweep of Poland on Saturday, climbing into second place in the VNL standings with the win.
Aleksandar Atanasijevic racked up a match-high 32 points as Serbia registered its fourth five-set win in VNL play on Saturday, rallying past Iran.
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Just one day after a shocking defeat at the hands of No. 6 Canada, top ranked Brazil stumbled again on Saturday, falling to No. 9 France via sweep. Boyan Yordanov accounted for half of No. 14 Bulgaria’s 40 kills in a surprise sweep of No. 6 Canada.
Simon Hirsch, Moritz Reichert and Tobias Krick starred in a four-set win over Argentina to snap a two-match skid for Germany. Russia owned the net both offensively and defensively in a sweep of Japan, marking its fourth straight win.
Korea dominated the offensive side of the ball and Italy excelled at the net before the Italians eventually hung on for the five-set victory. In a match featuring three deuce sets, all in extra points, a 12-kill advantage was the difference in a four-set Australian win.
Thomas Jaeschke (#17) had 9 points before leaving early in the 2nd set.
After 10 matches, four teams stand at 8-2, but Finals host France boasts the top spot in the standings with 25 points. Poland, Brazil and the United States follow.
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