Italy took down France on day four of the World Grand Champions Cup, while Team USA is looking to build themselves back up to boost their positioning in the competition.
Brazil’s 3-2 win against the USA all but gives the South Americans the tournament title, even though three other teams have mathematical chances at it.
Now, only a miraculous combination of results can prevent Brazil’s title with still one match to go
Both Brazil and Team USA are fighting for the top spot at the World Grand Champions Cup, as they each have two wins and seven points apiece.
Today’s winner will put one hand in the trophy. Meanwhile, Iran and Italy will face off against Japan and France, respectively, in an attempt to stay alive in the title race.
Team USA hands the World League’s champions a 3-0 loss. They are now in first place of the round robin tournament with two games still left to go. Meanwhile, Brazil and Italy won their games, and trail the American team closely in the standings.
Both Team USA and France have a 1-1 record at the 2017 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup and are both looking to secure their second win at the competition.
The game is a must-win for Team USA’s title hopes. Meanwhile, Brazil will battle leaders Iran, while Italy and Japan close out the day in Osaka.
Iran adds another chapter to its up and coming volleyball resume, coming from behind 2-0 to hand Team USA its first defeat of the tournament.
Both Team USA and Iran were victorious on day one of the 2017 World Grand Champions Cup, with the United States defeating the hosts, Japan and Iran taking five sets to down Italy.