Germany led Poland in all facets of the game and overcame a 21 point effort by Michal Kubiak for a four-set victory on Sunday, handing Poland its first VNL loss. Chuan Jiang’s efforts were finally rewarded as he poured in 30 points for No. 20 China in a five-set win over No. 10 France.
China had the top scorer in the match, but Poland owned nearly every other statistical category, rolling to an easy sweep and a 5-0 record atop the Volleyball Nations League standings. Thibault Rossard and Barthelemy Chinenyeze took their turn in the spotlight as the top scorers for France as the team swept past Germany in all phases of the game.
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.
2018 FIVB MEN’S VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE – WEEK 1/POOL 1 May 25-27, 2018 Kindarena, Rouen, France Time Zone: GMT +…
2017 World League Champions France take on a stacked field including Japan, Iran, and Australia.
Clevenot scored 12 points in the World League gold medal match last year.
Earvin Ngapeth (center), the MVP of last year’s World League, will lead France into a home edition of the new FIVB Volleyball Nation’s League tournament.
Belegorie Belgorod will take on Ziraat Bankas Ankara in the men’s CEV Cup finals
Twenty-year old French national Barthelemy Chinenyeze could be the savior of Asseco Resovia Rzeszow, swooping in as a medical transfer player for the side in the stead of Bartholomew Lemanski, who is out with a foot injury.
Former Polish captain Marcin Mozdzonek is on the shelf for now with a thigh injury, which reportedly needs surgery and will keep him out of the lineup for several months.