Even with top scorers Artur Szalpuk and Bartosz Kwolek on the bench for most of the match, Poland snapped its three-match losing skid with a sweep of Argentina. Wallace DeSouza scored a match-high 16 points and had help from Lucas Loh and Lucas Saatkamp in leading Brazil to a sweep of Australia, ending a three-match skid.
Jaqueline Endres’ libero adventure didn’t last more than a couple of games for Brazil’s NT – At least for now
Colombia locked up Pool A while Puerto Rico clinched a semifinals bid in a sweep over Australia.
Another bittersweet story from the world of Brazilian volleyball
Lucas Loh (5) will have big shoes to fill
Czech Republic blocked their way to the Pool B win and Estonia improved to 1-1 on day two.
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Australia is the only team of the three coming into the week on a victory, having found its stride, going 3-0 in South Korea, while the rest of the Pool 17 teams are looking to snap three-match losing streaks.
An adjustment to the rule will have the winners of the Challenger Cup go directly to the 2019 Volleyball Nations League.
Colombia blocked host-nation Peru into submission as they and Bulgaria earned opening day sweeps.
Portugal gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about as they along with Czech Republic earned opening day sweeps.
A scandal shook the Brazilian volleyball community this week
In what can be understood by fans as a prime example of the fragility of the domestic volleyball market around the world, yet another club has closed down its doors
After 120 matches, 15 per team and several standout performances in women’s VNL play, there was no question about who was the standout performer of the preliminary round: Poland’s Malwina Smarzek
The battle for the Final Six is very much alive with only four teams mathematically eliminated: Iran (4-7), Argentina (2-10), China (2-10) and South Korea (1-11).
Canada opted not to play many of its starters and came up just short in a five-setter against first place France, which won its sixth straight VNL match. Thirty-three errors proved to be too much to overcome as Brazil fought valiantly before falling to Bulgaria in five sets for the team’s third-straight loss in Varna.
In a match that featured three deuce sets, 15 blocks were not enough to lift Argentina past Japan, which won its second five-set affair of the week. Romanas Shkulyavichus and Dmitriy Muserskiy scored in double digits to lead Russia past Germany in a sweep.
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