The 2019 Volleyball Nations League fields are now set after the Challenger Cups and 2018 VNL pool play matches have come to a close.
Bartosz Kurek is returning to Poland after spending last season in Turkey with Ziraat Bankasi. Kurek will be suiting up for KPS Stocznia Szczecin in 2018-2019.
After 120 matches, the stage is set for the inaugural men’s Volleyball Nations League Final Six.
It was far from a clean game, but the United States got three points with a sweep of Italy in its VNL finale to claim third place in the standings through the preliminary round.
France edged past an error-riddled Russian side for a sweep and the top spot on the VNL standings register heading into the Final Six.
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.
Czech Republic and Portugal will meet for Gold and a spot in the 2019 Volleyball Nations League, which you can watch live here.
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.
Poland’s 3-0 sweep over Australia clinched the last spot in the Final Six on the final day of the pool play.
Jake Langlois became the latest casualty to injury for the United States. He left the match in the third set against Russia on Saturday.