Week 1 of the 2018 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League will get underway on Friday in France, China, Poland, and…
After two weeks of competition, the leaders have begun to pull away, with a group of five teams standing at 5-1. The United States, Brazil and Serbia each went 3-0 on Week 2 to move into the top three spots.
Brazil, Turkey combined for 29 blocks in sweeps of the Dominican Republic and Argentina to close out Pool 8 action in Ankara, Turkey on Thursday.
After helping his team to an NCAA Championship earlier this month, Kyle Ensing will travel to Ningbo, China to open the 2018 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League this weekend.
USA coach Karch Kiraly tabbed a mix of seasoned and newer players, including opposite Annie Drews and middle Lauren Gibbemeyer, to lead the team against Belgium on Thursday and the Americans came through with a dominating sweep, their fourth straight Volleyball Nations League win.
Brazil dominated all facets of the game in a 3-0 thumping of the last place Argentines, their fourth straight NVL victory. Brayelin Martinez dropped a match-high 26 points, including 24 kills, but it was not enough to lift the Dominican Republic past Turkey in a 3-1 loss.
Five aces and a balanced offensive attack lifted the USA to a quick sweep of the Netherlands, taking down the final unbeaten side in Volleyball Nations League play. Meanwhile, Japan dominated Belgium offensively in a sweep to wrap up Day 2 play in Pool 5.
The Americans used a strong block and a 21-point effort from Michelle Bartsch-Hackley to score a sweep of Japan to open week 2 of the Volleyball Nations League, meanwhile the Dutch relied on their offensive prowess to best Belgium in five sets.
The United States and Netherlands spearhead Pool 5 with Japan and upstart Belgium joining the week two action.
Besides Bann (above), Chaumont has also added Bulgarian National Team member Martin Atanasov and Frenchman Julie Winkelmuller