After upsetting World No. 3 Poland to wrap up Week 2 of the VNL, the Germans rode that confidence to a surprise sweep of the second ranked United States on Friday.
As Week 3 approaches, the United States is one of three 5-1 teams atop the VNL standings. Canada is right behind at 4-2. The teams will meet on Sunday in a rematch of the 2017 World League bronze medal match.
Matt Anderson joined Team USA in week 2 and scored 42 points while playing at both opposite and outside hitter positions.
Filippo Lanza bid farewell to his long-time club of Trentino. The outside hitter will be helping Perugia as they try to defend their title next season.
Aaron Russell’s future next year is in a loud of uncertainty. While Trentino would like him on their team, they apparently can not afford his salary.
John Speraw, head coach of the United States, went to his bench early to secure a comeback win over Japan. This strategy was much different than what he utilized in the first weekend of play in the Volleyball Nations League.
2018 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League – Week 2 / Pool 6 June 1-3, 2018 Goiania Arena; Goiania, Brazil Time…
Germany has gotten off to a slow start to the Volleyball Nations League, though coach Andrea Giani has shown the ability to lead teams to unprecedented levels of success.
On paper, the Americans are the odds on favorite to win Pool 2, with Argentina offering the biggest challenge. However, the roster will be a bit young without the services of Micah Christenson, Matt Anderson and Aaron Russell, who just finished Champions League play.
Superstar Wilfredo Leon has been officially announced for at least the next 2 years with Italian champions Sir Safety Perugia.