Japan defeated Argentina in five sets, but missed out on a spot in the second round on point totals (6-5) to the Argentines. The day’s other match planted Italy firmly atop the group at 5-0 as the host nation edged Slovenia in four sets after dropping the opener.
The Foro Italico Center Court played as a spectacular sunset backdrop for the opening match of the 2018 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championships.
Italy has whittled their roster from 16 to 14, including the elimination of an Olympic silver medalist. (Superstar Ivan Zaytsev, above, is included in the team).
Simone Anzani (above) and Italy will play a pair of friendlies against world #25 the Netherlands in early August.
It was far from a clean game, but the United States got three points with a sweep of Italy in its VNL finale to claim third place in the standings through the preliminary round.
Italy put up 15 blocks and star Ivan Zaytsev chalked up a match-high 23 points to lift the team past first place France to keep its Final Six hopes alive on Saturday.
Dawid Konarski and Bartosz Kwolek made their way back into the starting lineup for Poland and made the most of it, combining for 35 points in a four-set win on Sunday. Meanwhile, forty-three errors undid Italy in a five-set loss to host Japan.
After scoring the majority of Italy’s points thus far in the VNL, Osmany Juantorena and Ivan Zaytsev will not be travelling with the team to Osaka, Japan in Week 3.
2018 FIVB MEN’S VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE – WEEK 1/POOL 4 May 25-27, 2018 Kraljevo Sports Hall, Kraljevo, Serbia (Capacity: 3,331)…
Ivan Zaytsev is back in the fold for the Italian men’s National Team.