Australia followed Lincoln Williams to its first victory of the World Championships.
A well-rested Russian team blazed through Tunisia, including a record-setting 25-6 second stanza.
After opening the World Championships against host Bulgaria on Sunday, Finland had a couple of days to regroup and bounced back with a sweep of No. 16 Cuba. Meanwhile, Bulgaria moved to moved to 2-1 and secured its place in the second round with a dominant blocking effort (12-0) in a sweep of Puerto Rico.
20 points from Wallace de Souza lifted Brazil over France in the best match of Thursday.
Poland was dominant in all phases of the game against Puerto Rico, earning its second win of the World Championships. Iran also moved to 2-0 with a four-set win over co-hosts Bulgaria.
The United States moved to 2-0 atop Pool C, holding on for a five-set win over Australia on Thursday.
Team USA beat Serbia 3-2 in the biggest match of Wednesday at the 2018 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championships.
An overwhelming offensive effort gave Iran the advantage in a sweep of Puerto Rico, while Poland relied on its block in a four-set win over Cuba to kick off the second day of Pool D play.
It didn’t take long for the WCH to give fans its biggest upset of the tournament so far, as Belgium handed Argentina a tough 3-1 loss.
Pool C got started with a trio of matches in Bari, Italy, on Wednesday. Cameroon and Russia walked away with sweeps, while the United States survived a five-set battle with Serbia.
Pool favorites France, Brazil, and Canada all debuted at the tournament with relatively easy 3-0 wins