With a spot in the semifinals already a surety, American coach John Speraw opted to give his younger players some experience in the pool finale against Brazil on Friday and the team suffered its first loss of the tournament, falling 3-0.
As the FIVB Men’s World Championship heads into the Final Six beginning on Wednesday, here’s a roundup of the statistical leaders through the first two rounds of action.
The United States men finished out their grueling rollercoaster ride at the VNL Final Six with a bronze medal around their necks after sweeping Brazil on Sunday.
Brazil’s Mauricio Borges is the latest injury casualty in Volleyball Nations League action, suffering an ACL tear in the team’s five-set loss to France on Wednesday.
Canada opted not to play many of its starters and came up just short in a five-setter against first place France, which won its sixth straight VNL match. Thirty-three errors proved to be too much to overcome as Brazil fought valiantly before falling to Bulgaria in five sets for the team’s third-straight loss in Varna.
Just one day after a shocking defeat at the hands of No. 6 Canada, top ranked Brazil stumbled again on Saturday, falling to No. 9 France via sweep. Boyan Yordanov accounted for half of No. 14 Bulgaria’s 40 kills in a surprise sweep of No. 6 Canada.
France and Brazil will open up the men’s portion of the 2017 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in their first ever meeting at the event – however, it will be a recount of this year’s World League Finals in which France took the win.
Brazil finished in the second place position in Group 1 of the World League, concluding the preliminary rounds of the tournament. They finished the tournament with a 6-3 record.
The FIVB World League’s second week of play ended, with tons of incredible volleyball having been played. In addition, many players had outstanding weeks for their teams, being named to the Team of the Week.
Brazil finishes preparations for World League; looks to use a combination of new and experienced players to find success for World League play.