The Americans had a 2-0 lead in the match, but wound up losing in a tie-breaker.
In the last 4 Olympic Games, Brazil had arguably the best libero to ever play the game captaining its backcourt:…
At the end of the day, Poland and the United States moved to 5-0 atop the standings with the Poles boasting the maximum 15 points to the USA’s 13. Brazil, France and Italy round out the top five at 4-1.
Italy bested Iran in kills and aces, while Ivan Zaytsev notched a match-high 16 points, in a sweep. Canada put up 12 blocks and benefitted from 31 Argentine miscues in a four-set win on Saturday.
The 11,000 seat arena was full to the rafters on Saturday, when the lights failed.
Brazil put up 11 blocks and Wallace DeSouza resumed his role as the team’s top scorer after a day off in a sweep of Japan.
Poland and the United States are the last two undefeated teams, each moving to 4-0 with very different results on Friday. Poland holds a slight advantage with 12 points to the USA’s 10. Brazil is 3-1, but also boasts 10 points.
Ivan Zaytsev scored 17 points for Italy, but it was not enough to help his side past a Canadian team that was slightly better in every way. Facundo Conte scored a match-high 19 points to pace Argentina, but his team but gave away 40 points on errors in a five-set loss to Iran and dropped to 0-4.
Brazil’s offensive prowess and serving lifted the home side to a sweep of South Korea to open Week 2 of Volleyball Nations League action.
Ricardo Lucarelli now has 3 months to prepare for the World Championships – and is a possibility for later stages of the Nations League tournament.