Argentina put up a good fight, winning the first set despite resting middle blocker Pablo Crer and outside hitter Ezequiel Palacios for the entire match, but ran out of gas in the end against a strong Bulgarian block.
Chuan Jiang starred for China, racking up 23 points, as Argentina struggled to find its footing in a shocking sweep on Saturday.
On paper, the Americans are the odds on favorite to win Pool 2, with Argentina offering the biggest challenge. However, the roster will be a bit young without the services of Micah Christenson, Matt Anderson and Aaron Russell, who just finished Champions League play.
Bruno will play for his childhood team
The Ligue A match of the week features #1 Montpellier against Chaumont, the defending champions who were in third place going into week four play.
The qualification rounds for the 2018 FIVB Men’s World Championships that will take place in Italy and Bulgaria are in full swing, with three South American men’s squads vying for a spot.
The Pan American Cup will have a new champion in 2017 after Puerto Rico upset defending champs Cuba in four sets on Saturday. Meanwhile, Argentina continued to roll with a sweep of Canada, having not dropped a single set in the tournament en route to a 4-0 mark.
Emerson Rodriguez scored 31 points, but it was not enough to complete Venezuela’s comeback effort in a five-set loss to Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, Argentina continued on to a 3-0 Pan Am Cup start and semifinal berth with a 3-0 win over Canada.
Argentina remained undefeated in Pool B play with a sweep of Venezuela, while Puerto Rico earned its first win of the tournament with a 3-0 victory over the host Canadians on Wednesday.
In preparation for the crazy, hectic 2017 volleyball season, Argentina men’s coach Julio Velasco called up 30 players. Velasco brought…