The United States have seemingly righted the ship and will take a two-match win streak into its three-match homestand in Hoffman Estates, Illinois next week, thanks to a four-set win over NORCECA foes Canada in Ottawa on Sunday.
Australia ended its three-match losing streak by registering a five-set win over Germany, making good on 40 German miscues in the upset.
Twelve blocks, including five by Agustin Loser, were the difference as Argentina scored its second win of VNL play. France rode 14 blocks and eight aces to a sweep of Serbia on Sunday, cementing its spot in the VNL Top 3.
Brazil put down 21 more kills in the match, including 15 by Wallace DeSouza in a rout of China on Sunday to stay atop the VNL standings. Russia picked up its second straight home victory, besting Iran in every scoring category, while Dmitriy Muserskiy scored a match-high 24 points.
Dawid Konarski and Bartosz Kwolek made their way back into the starting lineup for Poland and made the most of it, combining for 35 points in a four-set win on Sunday. Meanwhile, forty-three errors undid Italy in a five-set loss to host Japan.
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.
Stephen Marr scored a match-high 18 points, but it was not enough to lead home-standing Canada past streaking Germany on Saturday.
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.
France pleased the home crowd for the second straight night, moving past Argentina in four sets as Stephen Boyer and Kevin Tillie starred. Serbia picked up its fifth-straight win with a sweep of South Korea as Aleksandar Atanasijevic racked up a team-leading 17 points.
Thirteen blocks were not enough to lift Iran past a Brazilian side, which leaned on Douglas Souza and Wallace DeSouza in a five-set affair on Saturday. Meanwhile, Anton Karpukhov did it all for Russia, posting a match-high 21 points with 15 kills, four blocks and two aces, in a sweep of China.