Drazen Luburic racked up 20 points with 16 kills, three aces and a block, to guide Serbia to a four-set win over Argentina. France had the upper hand across the board in a sweep of Korea to the delight of the home crowd.
Ryan Sclater and Stephen Maar turned in double-digit point tallies to lift Canada to its third straight VNL victory, while the home crowd finally left happy as the Argentines bested Italy in every way in a surprise sweep on Sunday to close out a three-match homestand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rasoul Aghchehli scored 28 for Iran, while Jan Martinez Franchi tallied 21 for Argentina in winning efforts. The teams face off on Sunday for the top spot in Pool C.
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