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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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FIVB Women’s Challenger Cup: Colombia & Bulgaria to Meet for 2019 #VNL Bid

Bulgaria took down Peru to set up a championship match with Colombia at the 2018 FIVB Women’s Challenger Cup.

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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.

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.

FIVB Men’s Challenger Cup: Czech Republic & Portugal Advance to Finals

Hadrava’s 27 points pushed Czech Republic to the Finals where they will play Portugal for a spot in the 2019 Volleyball Nations League.

Serbia Tops Japan to Make Final Six; Canada Sweeps China

Serbia put up 10 blocks and had help from four double-digit scoring efforts in a four-set win over Japan to secure its spot in the VNL Final Six. Stephen Maar was back on his game for Canada with 16 points to lift his team to a sweep of China.

Brazil Edges Poland, Claims Final Six Spot; Argentina Wins in 4

Five of the six Argentine starters scored in double digits as the team garnered its third win of VNL play against home-standing Australia. Brazil secure its spot in the VNL Final Six with a four-set win over fellow contender Poland with help from a 19-kill effort by Evandro Guerra.

FIVB Women’s Challenger Cup: Bulgaria Wins Pool B; Peru Advances to Semis as Well

Bulgaria won Pool B over Puerto Rico, although both advance, while Peru will join Colombia from Pool A in the semifinals.

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Standings Update: France, Russia, USA Are Set for #VNL Final Six

Coming into Friday’s action, the United States needed one point to secure its spot in the VNL Final Six and the Americans got just that with a five-set loss to top seeded France. Russia also earned the right to plan its trip to Lille, France, with a sweep of Italy.

FIVB Men’s Challenger Cup: Portugal Wins Pool A; Cuba Also Clinches Semis Bid

Portugal wrapped up Pool A while Cuba punched a bid to the semifinals as Pool B runner-ups.

Germany Edges Bulgaria in 5; Iran Tops Korea in 4 in Pride Matches

Both teams scored 109 points in the match, but it was Germany that rallied from down 2-1 in the match to steal away the five-set win over Bulgaria. Thirty-five errors were too much for South Korea to overcome in a four-set loss to Iran on Friday.

Serbia, China End Final Six Hope for Canada, Japan with Victories

A sweep at the hands of Serbia eliminated Canada from its outside shot at Final Six contention. Japan also was knocked out of the race as Chuan Jiang carried China to a four-set win over Japan with a 26-point effort.

Poland, Brazil Bounce Back with Sweeps to Open #VNL Week 5

Even with top scorers Artur Szalpuk and Bartosz Kwolek on the bench for most of the match, Poland snapped its three-match losing skid with a sweep of Argentina. Wallace DeSouza scored a match-high 16 points and had help from Lucas Loh and Lucas Saatkamp in leading Brazil to a sweep of Australia, ending a three-match skid.

FIVB Women’s Challenger Cup: Colombia Wraps Up Pool A; Puerto Rico Earns Sweep

Colombia locked up Pool A while Puerto Rico clinched a semifinals bid in a sweep over Australia.

FIVB Men’s Challenger Cup: Czech Republic Wins Pool B; Estonia Downs Kazakhstan

Czech Republic blocked their way to the Pool B win and Estonia improved to 1-1 on day two.

#VNL Pool Preview: Brazil, Poland, Argentina, Australia

Australia is the only team of the three coming into the week on a victory, having found its stride, going 3-0 in South Korea, while the rest of the Pool 17 teams are looking to snap three-match losing streaks.

Winner of FIVB Men’s/Women’s Challenger Cups to Earn Bid to 2019 #VNL

An adjustment to the rule will have the winners of the Challenger Cup go directly to the 2019 Volleyball Nations League.

FIVB Women’s Challenger Cup: Colombia Surprises Peru; Bulgaria Wins 3-0

Colombia blocked host-nation Peru into submission as they and Bulgaria earned opening day sweeps.

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