Srecko Lisinac and Serbia defeated Argentina to solidify their spot at the top of Pool H.
Bulgarian outside hitter Valentin Bratoev described his team’s effort with a classic pop culture reference: “The Americans were like Monstars from Space Jam, we didn’t have Buggs Bunny and Michael Jordan.”
Aaron Russell put in a stellar performance against Bulgaria to clinch a spot in Round 3.
Russia topped Italy in five sets to hand the hosts their first loss of the FIVB World Championships. Meanwhile, Finland was eliminated from the race for the title with a four-set loss to the Dutch.
The 6’3″ 27-year-old middle blocker is transferring out of Philippines’ Cignal HD Spikers after having also enjoyed stints in Romania and Finland.
Maritsa is gearing up for its season
Canada is going into the WCH without Marisa Field
Brazil is gritting and grinding its way through the WCH
Outside hitter Urpo Sivula lamented that “Finland played good volleyball only for 20 minutes and this is not enough when you are competing in a World Championship,” after the team’s 3-1 loss to the Netherlands which knocked the Finns out of contention.
This was just one piece of a match full of drama – on the court, and off it.