The United States swept Poland as they join Brazil in clinching bids to the semifinals of the VNL.
With a 3-0 win over Poland, the United States qualifies for the VNL Semifinals with Russia in Pool B. Taylor Sander left the match with an injury late in the 3rd set.
Taylor Sander missed the last 4 weeks of group play while awaiting the birth of his first child. Now a father, he’ll return to Team USA for the Final 6.
Heading into the Final Six, France is seen as the betting favorite to win the FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League’s first edition.
China and the United States will battle for a spot in the finals against either Brazil or Turkey at the 2018 Volleyball Nations League.
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.
Five of the six spots in the Final Six are booked as Brazil and Serbia claimed their tickets to France with wins on Saturday.
With its ticket to France for the Final Six already in hand, the United States decided to rest most of its starting lineup, opting to give a young roster of a players a shot and fell to Russia 3-0 in a close match.
Coming into Friday’s action, the United States needed one point to secure its spot in the VNL Final Six and the Americans got just that with a five-set loss to top seeded France. Russia also earned the right to plan its trip to Lille, France, with a sweep of Italy.