Japan defeated Argentina in five sets, but missed out on a spot in the second round on point totals (6-5) to the Argentines. The day’s other match planted Italy firmly atop the group at 5-0 as the host nation edged Slovenia in four sets after dropping the opener.
On August 28th, the Japanese Volleyball Association (JVA) held a press conference at the Ajinomoto National Training Center in Tokyo…
A sweep at the hands of Serbia eliminated Canada from its outside shot at Final Six contention. Japan also was knocked out of the race as Chuan Jiang carried China to a four-set win over Japan with a 26-point effort.
Thirty-four errors plagued Germany in its five-set loss to Japan on Friday, nullifying the team’s advantages in kills and blocks. Argentina boasted a slight edge in kills and aces, but could not get out of its own way in the match, committing 24 errors in a 3-0 loss to Russia.
Dawid Konarski and Bartosz Kwolek made their way back into the starting lineup for Poland and made the most of it, combining for 35 points in a four-set win on Sunday. Meanwhile, forty-three errors undid Italy in a five-set loss to host Japan.
Filippo Lanza notched 20 points to pace the Italians in a four-set win, which snapped a two-match VNL skid for the team, while Poland showed its depth and bested Japan in every way to stay atop the VNL table as Damian Schulz and Bartosz Bednorz turned in all-around efforts.
Poland piled up 15 blocks and had help from 33 Italian errors in a five-set win Friday to stay atop the men’s Volleyball Nations League standings. Bulgaria snapped a three-match losing streak with a sweep of Japan, despite missing starting setter Georgi Brateov and Todor Skrimov.
Tatsuya Fukuzawa tallied 19 points, including six in the decisive fifth set, to lift Japan past Korea in a comeback victory on Sunday, denying Korea its first Volleyball Nations League win.
Yuji Nishida downed 18 kills, part of a team-best 21 point effort, to lead five double-digit scorers in a 3-1 win for Japan and regional foe Iran, while Stephen Boyer crushed 16 kills and led all scorers with 18 points as France overpowered Australia in a Sunday sweep.
2018 FIVB MEN’S VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE – WEEK 1/POOL 1 May 25-27, 2018 Kindarena, Rouen, France Time Zone: GMT +…