The United States dominated Serbia in every way and Aaron Russell and Matt Anderson led the way with double-digit scoring efforts as the Americans kicked off a three-match homestand in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
In a match that was much closer than the statistics showed, Iran pulled a big upset over World No. 3 Poland, issuing the team its second loss of VNL play.
Todor Skrimov is the latest Bulgarian player to fall victim to injury. He left after the first point of Bulgaria’s 3-0 defeat to France on June 15, 2018.
Thirty-four errors plagued Germany in its five-set loss to Japan on Friday, nullifying the team’s advantages in kills and blocks. Argentina boasted a slight edge in kills and aces, but could not get out of its own way in the match, committing 24 errors in a 3-0 loss to Russia.
Gavin Schmitt and Nicholas Hoag carried Canada to a shocking sweep of a Brazil, ending a two-match losing skid, meanwhile France was better than Bulgaria in every way in a sweep for its fourth straight VNL win.
Without Patch on the roster, Matt Anderson will shoulder the responsibilities t the opposite position for the United States. They will look to set themselves up for a run at the Final Round this weekend in front of a home crowd in Hoffman Estates, Illinois for Pool 15 of the Volleyball Nations League.
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.
Ben Patch leads the USA in scoring through 3 weeks of play at the Volleyball Nations League.
Stephen Boyer and France are looking to get a big win against Brazil in Pool 16 to give them momentum for the last weekend of the Preliminary Round.
Veteran French middle blocker Kevin Le Roux will rejoin his teammates in Varna, Bulgaria after resting last week.