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.
Italy will look to stay undefeated in Pool 7 as Argentina hosts them, Canada and Iran in week two of the Men’s 2018 Volleyball Nations League.
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.
Lincoln Williams scored a match-high 18 points, but it was not enough to help Australia overcome 24 errors in a 3-0 loss to Iran. Japan gave away 28 points on errors and trailed France at the net in kills and blocks in a four-set loss.
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