Poland and Russia had to give it their all to be able to come out of day 2 with tie-break wins against France and Canada, respectively
The Hubert Jerzy Wagner Memorial is perhaps men’s volleyball’s most prestigious friendly competition
French setter and captain Benjamin Toniutti has tied the knot.
Mikhaylov didn’t play at all during the tournament’s preliminary stages, but went huge in the Final 6 to lead Russia to gold while dropping only 1 set in 4 matches.
Stephen Boyer’s 31 point outburst led France past the United States despite a comeback effort from the Americans.
France’s serve and attack sliced through Serbia as they join Russia as Pool winners on the day with the semifinals next.
Stephen Boyer led France on Wednesday with 23 points in France’s 3-2 win over Brazil. In the other match, Russia handled Poland 3-1 while getting double-digit production out of 4 players.
Veteran French middle blocker Kevin Le Roux will rejoin his teammates in Varna, Bulgaria after resting last week.
Even where there shouldn’t be pressure, the French team has spoken all summer of the pressure of performing for their home fans in the name of domestic growth of the sport.
French coach Laurent Tillie will have his full complement of players on hand for the French home crowd in Aix-en-Provence this week.