Title favorites dominate play. Meanwhile, Georgia, Hungary, and Belgium are the first squads eliminated.
Europe’s hottest teams continue impressive EuroVolley start
Italy, Serbia and The Netherlands start out very strong, while “coachless” Russia needed five sets to down underdogs Ukraine.
Russia officially clinched a berth at the 2018 World Championships with a four-set win over Croatia.
Russia and Croatia held rankings in a pair of sweeps, while No. 23 Greece took No. 17 Hungary in a five-set affair.