Day 1 of the FIVB men’s Volleyball Natiosn League went mostly according to plan with just one slight upset by the world rankings.
Serbia and Germany were doomed by their own errors in losses to Italy (3-1) and Brazil (3-0) on opening day of Volleyball Nations League play.
2018 FIVB MEN’S VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE – WEEK 1/POOL 1 May 25-27, 2018 Kindarena, Rouen, France Time Zone: GMT +…
Russia and Poland each turned in 13 blocks in a pair of Day 1 sweeps to open Volleyball Nations League Pool 3 play in Katowice.
Bulgaria dominated China on the offensive side of the ball and in serving, but had to overcome 39 miscues in a five-set win on Friday.
In the 21-year old Patry and the 22-year old Stephen Boyer, France has two young, world-class options at opposite.
After being edged in extra points in the first two sets, thanks in part to a stellar effort by Argentina’s Pablo Crer, the United States regrouped and rallied for a five-set win behind a 23-point effort by Ben Patch.
With Ricardo Lucarelli sidelined, Brazil will need to find offensive support for Wallace de Souza (above) in this year’s Nations League.
Poland, thanks to the healthy return of Dawid Konarski, will be the most complete offense in pool 3 this week. But, they’ll need Bartolomiej Lemanski (above) to step up and support the middle.