Argentina put up a good fight, winning the first set despite resting middle blocker Pablo Crer and outside hitter Ezequiel Palacios for the entire match, but ran out of gas in the end against a strong Bulgarian block.
After Day 2 of action, only four undefeated teams remain: Poland, France, Italy and the United States. The biggest team to fall on Saturday was top seeded Brazil, which fell victim to Ivan Zaytsev’s 32 points and No. 4 Italy in five sets.
Italy served up 14 aces and put up 12 blocks, while Ivan Zaytsev racked up a tournament-best 32 points to lift the team past World #1 Brazil in five sets on Saturday. Drazen Luburic and Uros Kovacevic teamed up to lead Serbia to a four-set victory over Germany.
Chuan Jiang starred for China, racking up 23 points, as Argentina struggled to find its footing in a shocking sweep on Saturday.
Day 1 of the FIVB men’s Volleyball Natiosn League went mostly according to plan with just one slight upset by the world rankings.
Serbia and Germany were doomed by their own errors in losses to Italy (3-1) and Brazil (3-0) on opening day of Volleyball Nations League play.
After being edged in extra points in the first two sets, thanks in part to a stellar effort by Argentina’s Pablo Crer, the United States regrouped and rallied for a five-set win behind a 23-point effort by Ben Patch.
With Ricardo Lucarelli sidelined, Brazil will need to find offensive support for Wallace de Souza (above) in this year’s Nations League.
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