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.
Micah Christenson set an efficient offense, and Matt Anderson led the scoring in a 3-0 win over Canada.
The Americans secured the Pool C title with its fifth-straight win on Tuesday, topping Tunisia via sweep. Serbia meanwhile edged out Russia in five sets to claim the second spot in the group.
Taylor Averill led the match with 4 aces in a 3-0 win over Cameroon. Serbia defeated Australia to remain within striking distance of the top of Pool C.
The United States top Russia in a match-up of teams ranked in the top 4 of the world. Serbia beat Tunisia to stay in second place of Pool C.
The United States moved to 2-0 atop Pool C, holding on for a five-set win over Australia on Thursday.
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.
Taylor Averill had 6 points in 5 sets in the United States’ opener against Serbia.
The United States Men’s National Team finished the Ljubljana Challenge with its third victory in as many days, topping host Slovenia 25-22, 25-23, 24-26, 25-21, in a final leadup to the World Championships.