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.
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.
In what was Italy’s 500th world level victory, the team rode a balanced scoring effort and strong net play to a four-set win over China to kick off VNL Week 4. Twelve blocks and 32 Korean miscues gifted Australia a four-set win on Friday.
Italy will look to pile up the wins this week with the bottom three teams in the Men’s Volleyball Nations League joining them in Pool 13.
Sunday brought a few surprise results and standout performances, but the top four teams stood strong in Brazil, Poland, France and the United States.
Australia ended its three-match losing streak by registering a five-set win over Germany, making good on 40 German miscues in the upset.
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Poland, Brazil and France maintained the top three spots in the Volleyball Nations League settings after Day 8, but it was a mixed bag of results that shook up the Top 5.
It wasn’t perfect, with 29 miscues plaguing the team, but the United States bested Australia in every way in a four-set win to bounce back after two devastating losses.
At the end of Day 7, the VNL men’s top five are Brazil, Poland, France, Canada and the United States, with the teams divided by just four points.
Stephen Maar and Jason Derocco led the way as Canada edged past Australia in an all-around effort to please the home crowd in Ottawa.
After upsetting World No. 3 Poland to wrap up Week 2 of the VNL, the Germans rode that confidence to a surprise sweep of the second ranked United States on Friday.
As Week 3 approaches, the United States is one of three 5-1 teams atop the VNL standings. Canada is right behind at 4-2. The teams will meet on Sunday in a rematch of the 2017 World League bronze medal match.
Day 6 of the Volleyball Nations League brought some surprising results, but in the end, the top three teams – Poland, the United States and Brazil – moved to 5-1 although Brazil surged ahead of the USA in the standings with a five-set win.
Serbia moved its third straight five-set match in as many days, holding on for the victory over Australia behind Dusan Petkovic. Meanwhile, Egor Kliuka and Dmitriy Muserskiy proved too much for Bulgaria to handle as the team fell to Russia in a sweep.
At the end of the day, Poland and the United States moved to 5-0 atop the standings with the Poles boasting the maximum 15 points to the USA’s 13. Brazil, France and Italy round out the top five at 4-1.
Drazen Luburic racked up 29 points, including 28 kills, and Serbia capitalized on 32 Russian miscues for its second straight five-set win. Australia broke into the win column, scoring a slight upset over 14th-ranked Bulgaria, winning via sweep of the home team on Saturday.
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